The idea for this post came after reading Cathy Moore’s post, “What’s the real cost of eye candy?”
In her post, she poses the question, “What would happen if we invested less in eye candy and more in designing deep challenges? Would this really bring about the apocalypse, as some stakeholders appear to think?
The eye candy she is talking about are the graphics that many stakeholders insist e-Learning designers create in their courses. From Cathy’s perspective, most e-Learning designers work with limited budgets. I agree! If we spend our money on bling (e.g., lots of graphics) it takes away from what we could spend on writing challenging activities.
Rather than spending hours looking for the right photographs, why not try a subtle, text-only decision-making activity on some learners. So, here is one that I put together to test the theory.
I utilized a single image. The branching was created using TWINE (see output below), exported to an HTML file and inserted into the slide via the Web Object element in Storyline 360. The image was courtesy of Pixabay.
It may not be as strong as it could but let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Did it keep you engaged?