Back to School: Education Templates for E-Learning #96

K12 E-Learning Examples #96: Challenge | Recap

Whether you prefer skeuomorphism or flat designs, there’s no denying that classroom- and education-themed templates are some of the most popular design styles in e-learning. And since August is the month when most kids head back to school, I thought it would be fun to shift our focus from corporate e-learning to childhood education.

From the Office to the Classroom

In one of our early challenges, we looked at desktop and office theme designs. In that challenge, the examples were designed around corporate office environments.

The same design process, layouts, and interactions can be easily themed for education. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!

From the Office to the Classroom

Backgrounds Drive the Learning Context

I probably sound like a one-track song sometimes, but slide backgrounds really are one of the easiest ways to set the visual voice and tone for your designs. Not only are backgrounds the largest slide element, they really help create a sense of place for your content.

In the desktop office example I shared, I built the template design using three elements:

Backgrounds Drive the Learning Context

Using the same design process, you can assemble common classroom elements to create an education theme:

Backgrounds Drive the Learning Context

Makeover Existing Templates

One of the easiest ways to tackle this week’s design challenge is to take an existing template from our downloads and give it an academic makeover.

Here’s an example of a classroom theme that was based on a six-tabs interaction:

Makeover Existing Templates

Download the Evaluation Tabs Interaction for Storyline

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to design an education-themed template or interaction. You can focus on any type of academic environment you like.

You should try to include at least three different content slides.  Your slides can be static or built out as working activities and interactions. Show us how you would carry your design ideas across a real-world project.


There’s no shortage of chalkboard and education templates to help you get started this week.


Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you hit the books, check out the amazing video background examples your fellow community members shared in last week’s challenge:

Background Videos in E-Leanring

Video Backgrounds in E-Learning Recap #95: Challenge | Recap

Wishing you an inspired week, E-Learning Heroes!

New to E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Claudia Scheel
Nancy Woinoski
Jeff Kortenbosch
Jackie Van Nice
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Jackson Hamner
Caitlin McKeown
Sara Healy

Hey all! Another first-time challenge participant here! For some background, my kids just started preschool and I was handed a 30-page spiral-bound parent handbook at the same meeting where I was supposed to sign a paper saying I had already read/reviewed the handbook. I think the assumption was that even if they had provided the handbook before that meeting, no one would read it anyway. While the first week of school was relatively free of hiccups, I think a tool like a handbook e-course would likely mitigate frustration for parents and teachers alike, so this was the inspiration for my template. I used the Lego theme because, to a toddler/preschool, Lego are a learning tool and it's also fun. (Plus, I just scored an entire 30-gallon tub of second-hand Duplo blocks for $25, so I've got Du... Expand

David Anderson

Welcome to the challenges, Sara! Thanks for sharing some insights into your project. I really appreciate what you wrote about the border spacing, being off. That is such a big point and it’s one I hope a lot of other users understand. The entries don't need to be perfect and polished. They can be general ideas, sketches, or incomplete projects. Anyway, thanks again for mentioning that! Your challenge entry also fits really well in our toys challenge ( ) from a few months ago. If you'd like to share your entry in that challenge, I'd be happy to update the toys challenge recap with your neat example. I updated both the Back to School and Anniversary recaps with your entry: https://community.arti... Expand

Parichaya Kanungo
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