Well, it’s Articulate Challenge time again! It seems like every week there is something more to learn! A new trigger, a new layer feature, a variable or another design challenge to solve. In fact, I recently told Articulate’s staff that I’m only limited by my imagination when it comes to using Articulate Storyline. Sometimes…. my skills with the tool can become an obstacle but, that’ s what these challenges are all about! Learning and continuing to build your skills with this wonderful tool.
In this week’s E-Learning Challenge #44: Virtual Tours in Online Training, the goal was to design a virtual tour of a real or fictional location. For my submission, I chose to “keep it real” by designing a virtual tour of some of Oregon’s most famous sites. In the words of a friend of mine, “I hope there is a lot of e-Learning goodness in this one for all to enjoy”.
So, without further ado (not adieu, that would be what linguists call an eggcorn–when people confuse two words that sound the same), let’s get to the details.
The opening screen (shown below) provides the learner with three options:
- Trivia Show: This option leads to a short animated trivia show that I put together. It will teach you a few things about Oregon that you may not know.
- Map It: This option starts the actual tour. This will lead you to some of the most beautiful sites the State has to offer. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
- Credits: This option introduces you once again to what I think is a fun animated video. Both this section of the demo, and the Trivia section were built entirely from PowerPoint graphics. Watch this one closely, there are a lot of “hidden” treasures and you may even see someone you know from the Articulate Community.
The background music (Cap’n Jack Blues) used for the Trivia and Credits screen is from an artist named Steve Hall. You can find his website here. I played trumpet in the Steve Hall Quintet several years back and this song was from one of the tracks on the CD. Thanks Steve for allowing me to use your music in this demo.
This section of the demo is full of animations created using PowerPoint. Yes, it’s possible to do some really cool things just with this piece of software. Lots of scene changes and trivia you should know when visiting the state of Oregon. If you watch closely you might see a Sasquatch in this one! Behind the scenes, I used three layers to build this animation. Triggers are used to transition to the next layer when each layers’ timeline ends.
For this part of the demo, I wanted to take you on a virtual tour of Oregon by showing you a few of the beautiful sites we are famous for. Since this is your first visit and it’s a virtual tour, I decided to direct you from one location to the next rather than having you drive around aimlessly and waste “virtual gas”. Here in Oregon, it’s running about $3.89-$4.00 per gallon! The red pins mark your selected route. When you reach each location, you can mouse over to see a quick tip; click the car to see the site I’ve selected for you. Did you bring a camera? If not, don’t sweat it! I’ve provided a smartphone for you to make sure you don’t miss those special moments.
For this part of the demo, I wanted to also create a short animated scene. Here you will find my “easter egg” if you will. I hope my E-Learning Goodness friend (you know who you are) enjoys this showcase moment. She has been a true inspiration to me and has also encouraged me to keep participating in these challenges.
I hope you enjoy this demo. Click on the image below see my submission for the week!
If you would like to see how the photo effect was built, visit our YouTube channel.