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.