Adding Interactivity to a PowerPoint Presentation


This tutorial and demo shows you how to make the most out of PowerPoint to create an effective eLearning module. It is very easy to take any traditional linear presentation and add branching (from a menu in this case) as well as some simple show/hide interactivities. Click here to see a list of 15 benefits of using PowerPoint for eLearning.

This is the Slide Animations setting you normally see for a PowerPoint presentation.  The presenter usually just clicks somewhere on the slide to advance to the next slide. To  begin to create a non-linear presentation where you will add buttons and/or hyperlinks to create the navigation, you would uncheck the On Mouse Click checkbox.



Here you see a Title slide with this setting unchecked. All the other slides also have this setting unchecked.

Notice that a Begin button has been added to the slide. This is just a Rounded Rectangle.  Below you see the Hyperlink setting for this button.



This is a Menu slide where you can see that there are hyperlinks to various parts of the presentation. Each of these have been set up like the Begin button on the Title slide.


This slide illustrates how you can set up a simple show/hide interactivity by using Object Animations. By applying an Entrance Animation (Faded Zoom) to the image of the cabin (Picture 3) and the text (Text Placeholder 8) about the yacht, those two objects are initially hidden.

The learner is provided instructions to click the picture of the yacht (Picture 2).



This is the Timing tab of one of the Entrance animations (Faded Zoom) showing how you assign the first click of the picture of the yacht as the trigger to "show" the object.


This is the Timing tab of one of the Exit animations (Spinner) showing how you assign the second click of the picture of the yacht as the trigger to "hide" the object.



You can use the above method to have several show/hide interactivities on a single slide but you may find that the slide will get very crowded.

Here you see another slide with three "hotspots", the red ovals.

Each of the white ovals have a hyperlink assigned that links to another slide that is a duplicate of this slide with slight changes (such as the instructional text) with the duplicate slide containing the "popup" information.



This is the duplicate slide to accompany the hotspot for Athens. The intent here is to show text and an image of one of the most important sites in Athens, Greece. Each of the two objects has an Entrance Faded Zoom Animation set up to be triggered when the slide is viewed, thus simulating a "popup" effect. The slide is set up to advance on click.




In order to have an Exit Animation, another duplicate of the slide is created, with this one being set up to automatically advance after 0:00 seconds. Shown to the right are the Exit Animations (Spinner). With this copy of the slide, the instructions do not appear since the slide is set up to automatically advance.



Now, to make this work, a Custom Slide Show has been set up. This is a very powerful, yet often overlooked feature in PowerPoint.





Below you see that a slide show named Custom Show 1 has been defined to allow slides 6 and 7 to be shown which are the two duplicate slides to accompany the Athens hotspot.

Finally, this is the Hyperlink for the oval (hotspot) that is over the Athens part of the map. Notice that the link is not to a slide, but to the Custom Show 1 that has been defined. By doing this in this manner, the slide that is first shown when the hotspot is clicked will always be reset and the animation will fire each time. Since the first duplicate is set up to advance on click and the second duplicate is set up to automatically advance after zero seconds, the over all effect is that once the hotspot is clicked, the learner goes to the first duplicate slide, the additional information is displayed as the Entrance Animations fire, and then upon clicking that slide, the Exit Animations fire and the learner is returned to the slide which has all of the hotspots. Note that Show and return is checked to accomplish this.


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