One of the oft-neglected opportunities in e-learning is the course summary slide. Many course designers spend the bulk of their time designing content and activities—and then forget to consider how to support learners after the course. In extreme cases, we’ve heard of learners opening help tickets to find out how to even close out of the course.
A few weeks ago Nicole posted some great tips along with a starter template to help course designers design better summary slides. And when community member Eric Isaksson wrote me last week to suggest summary slides as an e-learning challenge, I knew that this would make a great challenge!
Challenge of the week
This week, your challenge is to design an e-learning conclusion or summary slide.
You can focus your entry on instructions for closing the course, job aids to support the course, or even additional resources for learners to continue learning.
This week’s challenge is all about design ideas for presenting summary slides and resources. You don’t need to build out a working interaction—but I know many of you will, and that’s totally cool, too.
You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, or PowerPoint to build your e-learning summary screen.
- Four Ways to Help Learners Exit Your Articulate Storyline Course: Practical suggestions for supporting learners
- Course Exit Slide Template: Free Storyline template to help you start thinking about post-course resources.
- Using Lightbox Slides as Course Resources in Articulate Storyline: Creative ideas for displaying resources
- Job Aids as Spoilers in E-learning Courses: Example of summary slide placed at beginning of the course
- E-Learning Challenge: Gate Screens in Online Courses: You can use gate screens throughout the course as well as for summary slides. Lots of good ideas shared in this challenge.
- E-Learning Challenge: Using Job Aids in E-Learning: Lots of examples of job aids in e-learning courses.
- How to Avoid Building Online Training That Wastes Time: Great tips for packaging content and multimedia job aids.
- How to Create a Learning Journal to Go with Your E-Learning Courses: Creative idea that helps learners to create their own notes and course takeaways.
Last week’s challenge
Before you conclude this week’s challenge, check out the summary of last week's Top 10 challenge:
- Jackie Van Nice once again kicked off the week with a floral arrangement of top 10 things she tells people about Storyline. As always, Jackie shares more about her project and creative process on her blog.
- Alex O’Byrne created a flat designed, flip card interaction to share his 10 great resources from the Articulate community. Great job, Alex!
- Melanie Dunmore hit the bullseye with her top 10 tips to get your Storyline learning underway. Really like how this turned out, Melanie!
- Allison Nederveld pulled together her top 10 Storyline hacks. We like to think of them as creative workarounds, but whatever you call them, you’ll want to check out her list and details shared in her blog post.
- Dan Sweigert started an E-Learning Feud with his hilarious game show-inspired interaction. I’ve watched this one five times now and it still cracks me up. Great job with the voices, feedback, design, and overall presentation. Dan even managed to roped Jackie in to record some voices. Check out Dan’s blog post to learn more about E-Learning Feud.
- Ashley Chiasson designed a fun and well-designed interaction to share her top 10 things learners need to know about Storyline. Be sure to read Ashley’s write-up over at her blog.
- Charles Hamper shared his top 10 tips for getting started with animation. These are classic tips that every course designer should know. Well done, Charles!
- Nick Russell shared some April 1 fun in a creative wishlist for Storyline 2.0. Nicely done, Nick!
- Becky Cordeiro pulled together her 10 favorite tips and utilities for working with color in Storyline. You'll want to bookmark this list! Thanks, Becky!
- Rachel Barnum created an engaging interaction to share her top 10 ways to engage learners using Storyline. This is a really nice demo so check it out!
More about the e-learning challenges:
The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.