If you have an eLearning course containing lots of textual info, one handy way to save space is to use a tabbed interaction. The advantage here is that you can explore more complicated topics one aspect at a time, all within the comfort of one convenient module. Having a wealth of tabbed Lectora interactions in our template library alone, we’d like to show off a few of our favorites.
Our Scratch tabbed interaction is simple, yet interesting. The layout is pretty standard, but the use of color, texture, and typeface come together to make something unique. Scratch allows eLearning professionals to make use of all 6 tabs to get more bang for their buck on a single page.
Tabs 2 is vibrant and electric. The bright yellows pair nicely with the technological aesthetic of the template. The tabs are flat, but the use of color creates perspective with trails leading “off the screen” and towards the viewer. When clicked, the yellow rectangle encasing the tab title will retract as the title itself turns form white to yellow, differentiating the clicked state to provide context for the learner.
If you’re hoping to humanize a tabbed interaction, give Edged Tabs a try. Each tab of this template has a different pose of Cutout Character Amy, giving each one a somewhat different mood, which you can use to your advantage to emphasize certain points of the text. Does one of your tabs discuss a difficult work situation? Consider using a cutout character with a distressed look on his or her face. Does the tab discuss a scenario of glorious victory? Pick a character with a fitting expression.
Process Cycle 2
The templates we’ve discussed so far have focused on a list of items or a simple one-iteration process. But what if you want to emphasize the fact that the process you’re describing is a cycle? Process Cycle 2 is a useful tabbed interaction for those cases. In this template, the list is represented by a circle of numbered wedges, cluing the learner into the process’s cyclical nature.
As each wedge is clicked, the learner is taken to a separate page hosted by Cutout Character Mark, where they can learn more about that particular step. One click will bring them back to the full cycle when they finish reading. Learners can take their time working their way through the process and becoming more aware of its inner-workings.
You can find these and other great tabbed interactions in our Lectora Template Library!