Converting Static Content Into Interactive E-Learning #299

Converting Static Content Into Interactive E-Learning #299

September 29, 2020 Off By JR

I have a back catalogue of small instructional design challenges and charrettes that I’ve been meaning to build into something bigger one day. That is obviously taking too long, so here’s a new idea. The Articulate E-Learning Heroes Community runs a weekly eLearning Challenge. I’ve mentioned before that often different IDs in different contexts will use different tools, and while I’ve used some of Articulate’s products, I’m primarily a Mac user. This means that a number of their products are not available to me. So instead, I thought, rather than being an Articulate eLearning Hero, that I could be an InArticulate eLearning Hero. So here it goes.

Challenge of the Week

[quote style=”default” cite=”David Anderson” url=””]This week, your challenge is to take 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.[/quote]

Note: the options Articulate Storyline’s convert to freeform option includes

  • Drag & Drop
  • Pick One
  • Pick Many
  • Text Entry
  • Hotspot
  • Shortcut Key

I’ll do my best to stick to these types.

My Submission

For this first challenge, I went back through some of the slide decks I had for the ProCom OER project. That project was created with classroom sessions in mind, and had slide decks included. One such slide deck/lesson was on Using Visuals in Communication

So for this challenge I took slide 9 as the one to make interactive using H5P’s Presentation content type.

Now what you’ll notice is that I missed two of the items with the H5P presentation above: hotspot, and shortcut. Shortcut is available in presentations with the jump to slide interactivity type, BUT find the hotspot is not available in presentations. This got me thinking. A lot of early elearning authoring tools (and many modern ones) use the slide mechanism for web based training resources, and the H5P presentation type falls into this category too. What I’m starting to see more often is more web-based formats, things like RISE and Adapt, that use full page layout methods rather than click-through slides. So instead of redoing each content type, I went to the H5P column type and pasted the whole presentation activity (I’m finally getting more use out of H5Ps copy/paste function) and added the find the hotspot content type. Next time around I might just do the whole thing in column and abandon presentation all together.

Image by Oberholster Venita from Pixabay

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Slides are part of Professional Communications OER by the Olds College OER Development Team and used under a CC-BY 4.0 international license.