This interactive course was developed using Articulate Storyline.
I had originally started developing this in Prezi and had all sorts of complex things happening, but when the e-Learning Heroes weekly e-Learning challenge #34 Instructional Design Learning Activities was posted, I took this opportunity to revisit this and, for now at least, have reverted to Storyline to create a submission for the weekly challenge.
My inspiration for this interaction was this Infographic by Nicole Legault. Nicole’s blog post on how she created this Infographic can be found here.
I used PowerPoint to work with some of the images because I find the “remove background” feature invaluable for things like the chair images which were on a different background to the one I chose. I also created the chalk board images in PowerPoint by grouping the board icon with the numbers created using a chalk board type font – Rayando, then saving these out as a picture before bringing them into the Storyline course as images.
One thing I have not tried before, but have appreciated in other examples I’ve looked at is adding sound effects to actions or objects in Articulate. If there is no voice-over or background music, I think sound effects can really add to the overall effect of the course and in Storyline these can be easily added. I found some great free sound effects site – FreeSFX and SoundBible. I used animations to make the course a bit more engaging as it is quite short and basic – I try not to over-use animations as I find this can distract from the learning.
I built the course with just one slide, with layers for each of the 9 events, adding a trigger to “hide the layer” to return learners to the original slide so they can continue exploring each of the 9 events. I also added a “visited” state to indicate which events they’d already looked at.