You know about CRAP, right? Good elearning design incorporates these elements: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity.
Did you know that Microsoft® can actually give you a hand here – with the repetition part? Consistency, or repetition in styles, is an important “eLement of eLearning.” And styles isn’t just about fonts and headings, it’s also about images.
Recently there was a discussion in the Articulate® Community Forums about finding and using style numbers at the Microsoft® Office Clip Art and Media site. These style numbers can help you choose images with a consistent design style. Watch this video to find out how.
Note: Microsoft and Office are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Many “eLements of eLearning” are so subtle that we don’t even recognize them as such. Tooltips are a good example of that. As we move our mouse over an element on a screen, more information about that item appears in a box. It might look something like this
When we move the mouse away from the item, the tooltip disappears.
In this way, a tooltip is a kind of “just-in-time” eLearning element. We need more information at a particular moment in time, get the information we need, and move on.
Tooltips can be used in a variety of ways, and I was recently inspired by a few discussions in the Articulate® community forums to think about how they might be used in an association’s organizational chart. The instructional video I’ve embedded here shows how to create a tooltip in Storyline®, since the community member specifically asked about that product. But tooltips can be created in a variety of products and applied in many different ways.
A couple days ago (5/18/12), I created a post that included a Screenr (instructional video) showing how to create custom states for photographic characters in Articulate® Storyline®, specifically the character named Rhonda. In this post, I show how to set up objects “offstage” that automatically trigger Rhonda’s changing emotional states during her phone conversation.
In a yesterday’s post (5/18/12), I showed how to easily change a character’s emotional state over time in Articulate® Storyline®. And, I promised to demonstrate how to trigger those states automatically. Haven’t had a chance to do that yet, but thought you might be interested in this Screenr (video tutorial) by David Anderson, Community Manager at Articulate® (@elearning).
David discusses how to use Storyline® states to manage a series of your own industry- or workplace-specific photos to create custom character packs.
One of the “eLements of eLearning” is, of course, creating it.
I’m loving Articulate® Storyline® and learning the ins and outs along with many others. In this tutorial, Storyline’s Rhonda’s emotions change during a phone chat. I bet you’ll be surprised how easily this can be done!