Transforming Static Content into Interactive E-Learning #424

Converting Static Slides Into Interactive E-Learning #424: Challenge | Recap

How to Make Static E-Learning More Interactive

To get good at e-learning, you need to practice e-learning. And by practice, I mean deliberate, repetitive practice that pushes you to try things you normally wouldn’t do in your daily work. 

A simple way to practice interaction design is to take a typical e-learning slide and rework the content using different interaction types.

Storyline’s convert to freeform option offers six super easy ways to transform slide content into interactive slides. The process is the same for each question type, so it’s really up to you to choose the interaction type that best suits your new question.

Storyline 360 Convert to Freeform Question Types

Technically, there’s nothing challenging about using convert to freeform. You design your slide, click a button, and select the choices and feedback. That’s easy. 

The challenge lies in seeing the different ways to present your static content interactively. Because you’re working with existing content, the context for the activity is already in place; you simply reframe the content into a meaningful question.

Here’s How Convert to Freeform Can Make You a Better E-Learning Designer

One of the easiest ways to practice moving static content to something more interactive is to reframe your existing content into the form of a question. This is a great way to create informal, interactive knowledge checks without extending your project’s timeline.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Begin with your static slide
  2. Duplicate the slide
  3. Convert the slide to a freeform question
  4. Reframe the static content into the form of a question
  5. Rinse and repeat for each question type.

Here’s How Convert to Freeform Can Make You a Better E-Learning Designer

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to transform a static content slide and convert it into each of the six freeform question types.

The only new content you should add to the freeform questions is instruction and feedback. You shouldn’t have to create new content to make the questions work.


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Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you dive into this week’s challenge, check out the creative ways course designers use button sets in e-learning:

23 Creative Ways to Use Button Sets in Storyline 360 #423

Button Sets in Storyline 360 RECAP #423: Challenge | Recap

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