On occasion, my clients need a timed-based interaction in their course. Timed-based interactions are commonly used in game-based learning but can also be helpful when it comes to decision-making activities. Over on the Articulate forums, David Anderson, Director of Customer Training, listed several reasons why you might use them in your next e-learning project.
- Create a sense of urgency, tension, or pressure
- Simulate real-world tasks that involve time constraints
- Gamify decision-making activities
- Create time skill and drill activities
In this post, I wanted to curate a few different approaches to creating countdown timers in Storyline 360 and incorporate them into a scenario I designed several weeks ago. Why do this? As an e-Learning developer, I always want to keep my skills sharp to deliver the best products to my clients!
Note: To streamline the production of my samples, I used the same scenario, only changing the timer itself. To further engage the learner, I added background sound effects, provided imagery to match the scenario’s topic (e.g., mass casualty event due to gas explosion), and utilized editable SVGs from e-LearningArt’s Designer characters. Using SVGs that I could edit directly in PowerPoint allowed me to show injuries that would have been almost impossible using photos from other stock libraries.
Wheel Animation Timer (Richard Hill)
Richard Hill provides a very easy-to-implement approach (animated wheel entrance) for his timer as part of a card match game. Here’s one I created using his approach.
Video Timer (Tracy Parish)
Tracy Parish utilized this video to create a countdown timer.
I used PowerPoint’s Export video feature to create one for my demo.
Text-Only Timer (Richard Watson)
I created this countdown timer using text only.
Storyline Slider + Text Timer (Richard Watson)
I created this one using Storyline’s slider feature. I replaced the default thumb with a flame image to match the design of the interaction. I also made a gradient background that moves from green to yellow to red as time runs out.
I hope you enjoyed this post about countdown timers! They can add a sense of urgency to your interactions!