Image Sliders for e-Learning

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The challenge

Presenting a large number of images, videos or graphics on the same slide in an e-Learning course can be challenging.  The Articulate e-Learning Heroes weekly challenge #84 challenged creatives to “show and share an image slider for e-Learning using any layout you like”.  Examples provided in the resources included thumbnail navigation sliders, bullet and dot navigation sliders and grid navigation sliders.

The design

I wanted to use a film strip theme and in designing my entry for this challenge spent time initially looking at these types of designs, then working on a concept for the content of the design.  A quick Google search of “How to” and I landed on the wikiHow website.  One of the first articles that caught my eye was this content on “How to Make Your Friends Happy”.  I loved the clear visual design of the images and of course the Creative Commons licensing.

I contemplated several ways to display these images, with my main focus being on ease of navigation.  I also wanted to offer more than one way to navigate to add an extra element of engagement for learners.

The process

The most time-consuming part of the process with any course that has a number of images, if you don’t focus on this from the beginning, is making sure you maintain consistency.  Starting with the film strip image and one of the images from the topic content, I used the “Change Picture” image formatting option – this replaces your original image with a new one, maintaining the size and position.  I did this for all 10 images, then saved each out as a picture.  I decided not to include the words with the picture, except for the opening slide, as I wanted to incorporate animation on top of the transition for each of the slides.

This project was build with one slide, with layers for each of the nine points, so I needed to align the images on the different layers in exactly the same position.  Unlike working in PowerPoint, aligning images in Articulate Storyline 2 is a little tricky at times.

I used the “Align” functionality to align images either left or centre, then top or middle.  I also used the “Size and Position” functionality to align images on the slide and to check they have all ended up the same size.

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I added the “Fly In – From Right” Animation to each image – although this meant that when using the back arrow navigation the images still appeared from the right.  The solution to this was to duplicate each slide layer, change the animation to “Fly In – From Left”, then add this trigger to each of these back arrow navigation images on the duplicate layer.

The other choice I made was to add the navigation arrows to just the base layer then use “hotspots” for the triggers for these arrow navigation images – that way I didn’t have to spend time adding these to and aligning them on every layer.

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The Result

Having chosen to work with the film strip theme, I realised after I’d completed this design that this probably would have been more suited to actual photos, rather than the images I ended up using.  However, I’m happy with the final overall design as I think it’s engaging and easy to navigate.

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