Thursday, February 28, 2013

Drag Drop Sort – Helps you Meet Crunch Deadlines

At a recent event I came across an old colleague. As usual when it comes to old colleagues, work definitely has to be the topic for discussion. We began chatting and with all our discussion revolving around her latest e-learning project, we finally came to a really cool conclusion that I would love to share with all of you.

Her client wanted to test the learners’ knowledge on the periodic table and further to this, classify the elements into metals and non-metals. They wanted to create these exercises using the drag and drop interactivity. Well, as soon as it came to using this common interactivity, all that came to my colleague’s mind was the traditional usage pattern, match the pair. She was worked up with the crunched timelines for the project as well as couldn’t figure out what could help her quickly make this boring interactivity real fun for the learners’. I pondered over for a few minutes and subtly answered “Well, I have something for you”. I was assured that the all new Raptivity Drag-Drop-Sort can be extremely useful here.

I quickly took her through Drag-Drop-Sort and explained how it could prove handy to her.

For creating the periodic table all that needs to be done, is insert one background image with placeholders for the elements that need to be positioned by the learner. This interaction has a wonderful feature to have the buckets (drop targets) as hotspots. These hotspots can be colored or can simply be transparent and can be placed where ever the placeholders are in the background image. So for the periodic table, the bucket is to be used as a transparent hotspot and positioned over the placeholders created in the background image. And here you go; within a few clicks our exercise is ready.

For classification of elements into metals and non-metals, this interaction model already has a ready to use template. All you need to do is, modify the colors and background based on your requirement. And you are all done within minutes. You can use the existing buckets as the drop targets or can add in any image of your choice.

Well, to understand how buckets can be used in various forms, check out the below images. In image 1 it is used as the default bucket image, in image 1.1 it used by inserting an external image of my choice, in image 1.2 it is used as a transparent hotspot and in image 1.3 it used as a colored hotspot.

Want to learn more about many such features of Drag-Drop-Sort interaction, click here.

Please share your comments on how you are using drag and drop interactivity in an interesting and uncommon way.