Here’s a common e-learning design challenge: Your course features images, graphics, or screenshots with important details that are too small to view at the slide size.
One solution would be to make the slide size larger. But that only works if the learner’s device supports the increased dimensions. A more practical solution is to provide a way for the learner to zoom an image to view its details.
Moving Beyond the Default Zoom Options
If you’re working in Articulate Storyline, Articulate Engage, or Articulate Quizmaker, then you already have built-in features for zooming into pictures.
The New $5 Bill
I really like the magnify solution Jeanette Brooks came up with in this interactive currency demo.
The original project featured a draggable magnifying slider that let users explore the currency. While Storyline doesn’t have that specific feature, Jeanette achieved the overall experience by dividing the graphic into quadrants.
Image Zoom Interaction
Here’s a good example of an interactive graphic with custom markers.
The markers are subtle and give learners a visual cue that the image is clickable.
You can download this interaction for both Storyline 1 and Storyline 2. Thanks, Jeff Kortenbosch!
Storyline 2 Zoom Video Template Freebie
While you can’t trigger Storyline’s built-in Zoom Region, you can craft some creative transitions using slides and layers.
Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to share a solution to allow learners to zoom in or magnify parts of an image, graphic, document, or video.
- How to Create Your Own Zoom Picture Effect in Articulate Storyline
- Three Great Uses for the Zoom Region Tool in Storyline
- Adding Zoom Regions
- Interactive Screenshots in Articulate Storyline
- How to Create an Interactive Image Template
Last Week’s Challenge:
Before you zoom into this week’s challenge, check out the non-human examples your fellow designers shared in last week’s anthropomorphic challenge:
Wishing you a zoom-tastic week, E-Learning Heroes!
New to 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. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.
Image Zoom Challenge
Share your zooming and magnifying examples in our current challenge.