It’s a sunny and pleasant Saturday morning and you’ve decided to volunteer to help clean up your local park. Sounds innocent enough but there is something lurking in the local park that will follow you home. Is it a coyote? Perhaps a friendly garden snake? Could it be the elusive mephitidae (e.g., think skunk here)? No, it’s something much worse! It’s an itchy, blistering rash that starts about 12 to 72 hours later…poison ivy! Well, that’s the context for my submission in this week’s Challenge, titled, “Checklist Interactions in E-Learning #148“.
Checklists style interactions can be used in eLearning to walk you through a process, workflow, or procedure, to provide instructions or reminders, identify dos and don’ts, and show and track course progress. In my example, I focused on the use of a checklist to provide instructions on how to identify poison ivy.
To see the demo, click on any of the images in this post or continue reading to learn about the design concepts I used to create this sample.
The design incorporated 7 slides and used a main character dressed in “jungle attire” to set the tone. I added sunglasses (e.g., it’s a sunny Saturday) for the three young adults. As you can see in the image, they are a little impatient waiting for you to get started. For the background images, I used photographs I took at my local park where I take daily walks.
The demo starts by requesting your name and storing it in a variable in Storyline 2 after you click the Submit button. For the next few slides, I provided context to move the story along. In fact, I had to get a little creative on this one as the character was holding a smart tablet.
When the tips screen is reached, a few local park animals and a reptile are used to provide tips for recognizing poison ivy. This was designed using a separate layer for each tip.
At this point, you might be wondering, “Do wild animals get poison ivy if they come in contact with it? Well, go ahead and click here if you want to know. If not, let’s continue our story.
Once you’ve completed reading through each of the tips, you’ll see a Test ME! button appear. As an entry point into the test, I created a custom drag and drop by using a magnifying glass. This includes a trigger that automatically shows a checklist layer where the knowledge you’ve gained is applied. Well, summer is now over (it’s mid October here in Oregon) but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t brush up on your ability to recognize poison ivy. In fact, you can get a rash even in the winter! Who knew?! I hope you enjoy this sample.