Linked scenes

These are a very versatile interactive element. To configure this element you must design a series of screens or scenes in which you can place a background image, image layers,  optional texts or a series of navigation elements that will allow the user to access other scenes using your on-screen navigation. This will allow you to create contents that can be navigated as you wish with the ability to create a great number of situations and exercises.  

We recommend that you plan this activity fully before attempting it, as it is one of the most advanced tasks within isEazy and can be somewhat complex. In this regard, you have to keep in mind that if you overload this resource it can cause you troubles, so we recommend you to use it carefully and consider the number of scenes as well as the amount of layers you use in each one of them in order not to saturate it too much.


Examples

To help you understand the process and how it may help you, we have provided you with some examples of what you can do with such interactive elements.

  • Creation of interactive maps with different levels

https://iseazy.com/dl/dcc8c0e6122f41eeb1d1bfac163cde6a#/slide/ryi7GapuS

  • Creation of didactic maps with different levels

https://iseazy.com/dl/dcc8c0e6122f41eeb1d1bfac163cde6a#/slide/ry5CpIrKM

  • Creation of interactive maps of one level

https://iseazy.com/dl/dcc8c0e6122f41eeb1d1bfac163cde6a#/slide/rkXVf6T_B

  • Creation of application or prototype simulations

https://iseazy.com/dl/dcc8c0e6122f41eeb1d1bfac163cde6a#/slide/By2ve3BtB

  • Create questions and answers with interactive feedback

https://iseazy.com/dl/dcc8c0e6122f41eeb1d1bfac163cde6a#/slide/HJx_zdqA_z

  • Create questions and answers with interactive feedback

https://iseazy.com/dl/dcc8c0e6122f41eeb1d1bfac163cde6a#/slide/BklrM66dS

Configuration of exercises with Linked scenes

The configuration process begins with a list of scenes, each one of them will be a screen to which you can navigate from one of the other images. The first scene of the list will be shown as a starting point.


Each scene element includes the following editable parameters.

Name of the scene

This name is not reflected in the element, but it is very important that it is suitable for the configuration. When creating scene navigation links you must select the name of the scene which will be used as a navigation point.

Image layers

Each layer may host an image with the following features:

  • Name: This allows you to identify each layer. Names will not appear in the exported project.
  • Image: You can add an image with its own full customization capabilities.
  • Place layer: This allows to place it onto the scene, taking the upper left corner of the layer as reference. The values represent the width and height percentages of the space that shows the underlying scene.
  • Size: You can specify the width and height of a layer in pixels. If you change the size of the space that shows the scene, you should make sure that it is still the appropriate size. 
Layers will appear above the background of the scene, covering it partially depending on their size. Each layer that you add will go on top of the rest (you can always change the order of the layers in the list)

Text style

There are three available styles:


  • Text footer: Write directly at the bottom of the element. When adding text, this will automatically create a shaded area that guarantees the text on the background will remain visible. You can change the color and opacity as you see fit.
  • Superimposed: The text layer will occupy the entire scene so you can write over it. This mode is ideal in circumstances where the text content is more important than the background. You can change the color and opacity as well as play with the alignment of the text as you see fit.
  • Labels: If you select this option, a text list will appear, where you can include as many texts in your scene as you need, in each of them you can configure the following features:


1. Add text: decide the location of your text, you will see a thumbnail of the image so you can place it.

2. Box style: select the type of box for your text out of the three options we offer.


3. Box width: select the size of your text box out of the different options available.

4. Box color: select the color of your text box in the color palette.

Text box color

This option will only be available for "text footer" or "overlay" text style types, from here you can choose the color of the text box and adjust its opacity.

Final scene

Marking a scene as the final scene is helpful as it is used to indicate when the interactive element and sequential navigation of the course have been completed successfully, as long as all the elements in the interactive element are linked to its scenes. This is very useful when you want to simulate an exercise; this will allow you to indicate when a student has reached a scene that is considered to be the end of the exercise.

If you do not select any final scene and you have created a course which uses sequential navigation, it will be registered as completed when all the links in the first scene have been visited.  In the case that you have used link elements to connect other slides, it will be registered as completed, when the first scene has been visited. Links that have not been visited will display a small animation to warn the student that they have not completed that element yet.


Any scene present in the list of scenes that is marked by a flag is a scene that has been marked as a final scene.


Background

You have the usual customization options available to you:

  • Color: Select one of the colors from the palette and set the opacity.
  • Image: If you decide to use an image as a background to a surface you will have the same configuration options as you see in the image element. Read the related article to learn more about it.

Links

List of navigation links to other scenes or slides.


Each link has the following configuration properties:

Link with scene

It is a selector which includes the names of the scenes created in the initial list of the element. We recommend that you create all the scenes and assign them a name before setting the links to each of them.


Link with slide

These are selectors with the subsections and slides of your course. We recommend that you take special care to link slides that are accessible (both for slides blocked by sequential navigation and deleted slides). Remember that, in courses with sequential navigation, you must complete the slides to be able to move on to the next ones.

Additionally, please note that in order to link a slide in this interactive element, it is essential that the first subsection is not empty.


Transition

You can choose the animation that will be displayed to the user during their navigation to the destination scene. If what you have selected is a link to a slide, this transition effect will not be taken into account .


Placement of link

This allows you to place the link icon on the image in the position that you want. It can be clicked or dragged using the position selector to the appropriate place.

Icon

Select one of the icons available to mark the navigable areas of your image.

The icons will have a small animation to show that they have not been visited. Once clicked, there is no more animation.

Icon size

Icons can have 5 different sizes.

Icon color

Select a color and adjust the opacity. If you configure an icon to be completely transparent you can create an effect that shows that certain areas of the image are clickable, but this comes at a disadvantage, you will not be giving clear instructions to the student about where to press. Decide which option is better suited to your needs.


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