Engage | Spotlight on Timeline Interaction

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This is Part 6 of an 11-part series on Engage Interaction Types – More Than Meets the Eye.

Back in April when I first got my hands on a pre-release version of Engage, the interaction that immediately jumped out at me was the Timeline interaction. I first used it to create a brief history of my home, which included photos of all the improvements I’d made to my house since I bought it. I was having fun and was instantly hooked.

Although a history of Gabe’s house will probably never be featured in your corporate training program, I share this story to illustrate the flexibility of the Timeline interaction.

Engage | Spotlight on Timeline Interaction


Whether it’s outlining your corporate history or the schedule for a project plan, the Timeline can be used for anything that needs to mark dates or events on a continuum.

Here are some unique ways to use the Timeline interaction:

  • Month-by-month tasks for a particular job
  • Employee benefits enrollment key dates
  • Revision history for a particular product
  • A forward-looking product road map
  • A history of when your employees were hired
  • Staffing or resource projections
  • Equipment or hardware life cycle
  • Phases of the new employee training process

How have you used the Timeline interaction?

An 11-Part Series: Engage Interaction Types – More Than Meets the Eye

  1. Engage Interaction Types – More Than Meets the Eye
  2. Engage | Spotlight on Process Interaction
  3. Engage | Spotlight on Labeled Graphic
  4. Engage | Spotlight on Tabs Interaction
  5. Engage | Spotlight on Circle Interaction
  6. Engage | Spotlight on Timeline Interaction
  7. Engage | Spotlight on Media Tour
  8. Engage | Spotlight on FAQ Interaction
  9. Engage | Spotlight on Pyramid Interaction
  10. Engage | Spotlight on Guided Image
  11. Engage | Spotlight on Glossary

4 responses to “Engage | Spotlight on Timeline Interaction”


I’ve used it to build a case study. I created a year in the life of an employee who is learning something. There are “peeks” into various events that highlight certain interactions.

doofdaddy // Posted at 4:46 pm on November 1st, 2006

My group has used the timeline interaction to display new features/enhancements of new product releases. We apply categories to a list of features/enhancements and use the category name in the Period title. We use the individual features/enhancements as Events. The timeline interaction is a great way to show any information that can be categorized.

Walt Stewart // Posted at 6:52 pm on November 7th, 2007

[…] to only use features in their “intended” ways. A great example is something like the Engage Timeline interaction. It can be used in many ways other than for an actual timeline [see the 2007 Guru Gold winner […]


[…] the water ripples. There are also slides that contain Flash videos — e.g., slide 17 is an Engage Timeline interaction with a few videos incorporated to reinforce the […]

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