I would readily make the argument that humanity’s greatest success is our capacity for efficient and nuanced communication. When we want to, we as humans have the ability get across very complex and abstract ideas, simply by making noises with our mouths, gesturing with our hands, drawing a series of little shapes on paper, or pressing buttons on a keyboard. With a little cooperation and deep thought, we are capable of incredible things.
One clever way we use to communicate a lot of information in a finite amount space, is to use graphs, charts, and diagrams. Through these, you can give people a potentially mind-boggling amount of data and numbers at a glance, and convey otherwise intangible quantities such as proportions, growth, intersectionality of different variables, and much, much more.
eLearning, being a tool for efficient communication, can benefit greatly from the use of charts and diagrams. Have a look at a few examples of our Storyline templates from the library, as well as suggestions for when to use each.
Pie Charts are excellent for showing the proportional relations of a subset of data, dividing the whole based on certain attributes and comparing the results. Say for instance that you wanted to represent the population of the United States and show how many people live in certain states. The pie as a whole would represent the entire population, and each wedge would represent a single state. California would have the largest wedge—being the most populous—then Texas, New York, and so on. In this template, learners can also get more in depth information about each wedge. Just click each piece of the pie to view a brief written explanation of that piece of data.
Bar graphs work best for showing the relationship between two variables. In this graphic, we see a sample of different variables being changed, and the result each of these changes takes. There’s a difference between Label 1 and Label 2, and that difference is correlated with a difference in a quantitative measurement in the y-axis. Perhaps you want to compare the GDP’s of a handful of different nations throughout the world. The labels along our x-axis would each correspond to their own country (USA, Russia, France, Belgium, etc.) and the height of each bar would indicate each country’s GDP, labeled at the y-axis. Just like with our pie chart template, this one also allows for a closer look by clicking each bar.
Our Circle Diagram template can be used in a number of different ways, but we’ll highlight a couple. You might look at the this group of concentric circles as a sort of Venn Diagram (“All Circle 1’s are also Circle 2’s, but not all Circle 2’s are Circle 1’s”) You can use it to show intersections of data and the complex relationships different variables have with each other. On the other hand, you might use this graphic in a more qualitative fashion by viewing the circles as a target. Suppose that Circle 1 is the best, most desirable outcome of a certain plan (a bullseye). Each circle outside of Circle 1 is still a desirable result, but not as desirable as Circle 1.
For these and other handy interactions, check out our Storyline template library today!
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