I’ve been traveling a lot lately, which means lots of extra time sitting in airports. I like to take that time to doodle and play around with ideas. Here’s one I got while messing around with my iPad.
In case you’re not familiar with the iPad, it works like most smart phones. The bulk of the screen contains icons that when clicked open various applications. At the bottom of the screen is a row of favorite applications. These are present regardless of what page you’re on as you swipe through the applications.
As I was playing with the iPad, two ideas came to me. The first is this would make a good elearning template. Instead of your normal click next navigation, you use icons to link to the slides in the course.
The second idea is less about elearning and more about mobile learning. Since many people are used to clicking applications on their mobile device screens, create a template that looks like a mobile device screen. What I’d do is treat each screen the same as a slide and then use clickable icons to reveal the course’s information.
For example, instead of a screen with eight bullet points, I’d have a screen with eight icons. Each icon would have a label and when clicked would display additional information.
Screen Design Ideas
Here are a few ideas to think about if implementing this type of template:
- Each slide is a distinct screen. It might work to have a different background per screen to create some distinction between the screens.
- Replace bullet points with icons. The trick here is to pick icons that visually represent the essential idea of the information. You also get a title for the faux app. The title needs to be short and convey the essential point.
- Bottom row icons could be your sections. Use the bottom row icons to navigate to specific sections. It’s also a good place to include links to a help screen.
Free PowerPoint Template
Following is a quick mockup of an iPad-inspired PowerPoint template. You can download the template here.
If you’re looking for icons, there are plenty to be found at the Microsoft Office site. For the demo, I used Style 1307. But you can find all sorts of usable icons by doing a search for “icons.”
You can also find some at sites like Iconfinder. Be sure to check the license agreement. Free isn’t always free. When in doubt, contact the person who created the icon. It’s also easy enough to create your own icons in PowerPoint by filling shapes with images of your choice.
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Free E-Learning Resources
Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.
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Lots of cool elearning examples to check out and find inspiration.