Ed Mobile LMS has expanded its template library again with two new additions, allowing more versatility for you and higher engagement for your learners!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ed’s template-based rapid authoring tool, each of Ed’s lessons contain a number of slides, configured by you. Each slide has a different function depending on the template you apply to it. In creating a lesson, you pair up any number of slides, each with its own unique template, to educate and reinforce your learner on key concepts.
Ed’s continued commitment to developing the template library means that, with over 60 existing templates, you will always be able to develop the microlesson you want. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the newest additions to the library, and see what new things you can do in your lessons.
A new Content template, on the surface the Image Slider template has the same basic learning function as Image Gallery and Image Collection – authors can display a collection of images to learners, with some accompanying text. This provides instructional designers with another way to present information to learners, using a different interaction style – critical for maintaining learners’ attention. In Image Slider, learners swipe (or tap) up and down to progress through content.
In using the template, we have found that Image Slider works particularly well for when you want to put most focus on the image, when text and imagery are being presented together (Where Image Gallery and Image Collection are great for emphasising text which is complimented by an image). However, this template can also be used to present long form text, functioning as a meatier Text Sequence template, parceling out content one paragraph at a time, rather than all at once as in a Scrolling Media template.
This template is also one of the first templates which allows content authors who are also skilled visual designers more freedom to play with the template – allowing for custom lightbox configuration, and unique text positioning, per slide.
Check out some examples of the Image Slider template in action below.
Comparison is another new Content template available for use in your lessons. It allows learners to directly compare two pieces of content, by dragging a slider to control which content is currently displayed.
The Comparison template is perfect for highlighting the difference between different pieces of content, as the learner can quickly swipe between the two to compare the changes for themselves. The “reveal” interaction style is also a great way to unveil new content, expose a new way of thinking, or even simply display how closely linked two concepts are.
Check out some examples of how we’ve been using the Comparison template below.
In addition to the new templates, we have some improvements to existing templates to bring to your attention.
The Simple Image template has been reworked to be more in keeping with our “rapid authoring” design philosophy, moving away from asking authors to select how the image was displayed from 13 different options, and instead simply allowing learners to pinch to zoom in on the image. At the same time, we wanted to give it a unique learning function – designing the template to function best when its focus is the image with some accompanying text, allowing existing templates like Image Gallery or Image Collection to continue being the go-to for situations where text is of greater importance than the imagery.
While working on the Simple Image improvements, we also saw the opportunity to bring some of the improved functionality to Scrolling Media, which now lets learners to tap on images to bring them into fullscreen mode, allowing pinch-to-zoom functionality. This is a great addition for when you want to accompany images with detailed explanations (such as explaining technical diagrams).
Finally, the Strikeout interactive template now reveals the correct answer to learners who answer incorrectly, bringing it in line with other interactive templates, and allowing you to spend more time in the takeaway giving context to the answer, rather than revealing that answer.
Check out the updated templates below.
How are you using the new templates? Let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll compare notes.