It’s late. The test is tomorrow. You have a stack of textbooks on your desk and 12 hours to somehow transfer the information within them into your brain. What could go wrong?
It’s an experience that too many of us can relate to from our days at school. Unfortunately, we probably also relate to the usual consequence – the information you gained from cramming quickly disappears. Best case scenario: after the test. Worst case scenario, you’ll forget as you walk in to take the test. The problem transfers to elearning, where learners often feel like they have retained information long enough to make it through the experience, before having it vanish into the ether of other things which preoccupy our minds. We might be able to tackle this problem with the concept of spaced learning.
We all know that the best employees aren’t company-policy quoting automata.
A good worker also needs to be able to implement their knowledge in an open ended and complex world. You can’t train for every possible scenario, and so people must have the skills to adapt. That’s why the concept of “soft skills” is increasingly important to employers.
This week’s elearning challenge is to design an elearning course explaining something complex . As a long time fan of Randall Munroe, whose book Thing Explainer inspired the challenge, I had to give this a whirl!
I decided to step back to GCSE biology and create a mini course about cells. Mostly because for some reason, “cell” is one of the 1000 most used words on Munroe’s list. Although frustratingly, the word plant isn’t.
Since the challenge was mostly content based and I always like to try to explore a new aspect of Storyline with these challenges, I decided to focus on making the transition between slides as interesting as possible without being distracting. I ended up using the push transition alongside a few animation tricks to make it seem like the learner is visiting different parts of a single scene.