I enjoy a good drag-and-drop interaction, clients love them, and they do perk things up – but I only occasionally use them. So when Articulate’s David Anderson published this week’s E-Learning Challenge to create a custom non-quiz drag-and-drop interaction, it inspired me to try one for fun. I don’t know if my example is exactly what David had in mind (I tried!), but it’s what I was inspired to create.
I immediately thought of airplane travel and that moment you’re in your seat watching others come down the aisle towards you as you think “Is that the person I’ll be spending the next 12 hours with, or maybe that one?” Which led me to a drag-and-drop interaction where you get to choose your seat companion based on that same lack of information, and then suffer (or enjoy) the consequences.
The interaction could easily be adapted to a real course – maybe as a predictive exercise. You could have learners choose people to perform a particular job based on whether or not they look like they have the right safety gear on, for example – then see what happens!
I built it in Storyline, but didn’t use its built-in drag-and-drop options. I just created custom triggers and used ancillary slides to show the results of each choice.
Interestingly, my biggest sticking point in construction was getting any of it to function properly as long as my drop target wasn’t visible. (You drop fellow passengers into the airplane seat next to you, but in order to isolate that drop area I used an invisible shape on top of the seat image.)
It was only after I had the vaguest recollection of seeing a video from Jeanette Brooks where she made her drop target invisible by making the fill color transparent, as opposed to choosing no fill color, that I got the thing to work. Silly me.
Enjoying The Consequences
I can’t help it. I just like this one. You can see it here.