Interact with elearning scenarios

 

eLearning scenarios are built in eLearning authoring software which consist of a series of 'slides' which contain information in multiple formats (text, audio, video, graphics) presented in a narrative style. Occasionally referred to as 'scenario-based learning', the order for the slides and the hyperlinks contained within are ordered according to the desired layout of the content, such as a scenario, case or problem. eLearning scenarios usually contain a number of activities, including decision-making steps and quizzes and may use characters to drive the scenario.   


Uses in learning and teaching

eLearning interactive scenarios are 'beneficial for helping learners develop the knowledge and skills they need for addressing the types of problems they might encounter in professional practice'.Sheridan & Kelly 2012

When designing topics for the inclusion of eLearning scenarios related tasks, consider how web tools and software may be used to:

  • support students to grasp complex content in an interactive approach
  • replace expensive or complex practical classes with a virtual scenario
  • present interactive case studies for developing students understanding in procedural situations 
  • deliver non-linear, conditional progression interactions with students
  • deliver content which encourages self-directed learning approach
  • deliver 'webquest' style interactions
  • design real-world problem-based learning scenarios and deliver electronically
  • promote higher order thinking and reasoning
  • provide opportunities to reflect

Considerations for using eLearning scenario tools include:

  • sustainable use of project and published files
  • workload investment
  • redesign potential of subject/topic/course in seamlessly integrating eLearning scenarios
  • actively encourage students to engage with tasks and activities rather than rote learning
  • planning is everything

Consider using the ‘Commonsense for Practice Wheel’ to support the testing and integration of the selected tool(s).

 

Tool picker

The tool picker contains information on eLearning scenario tools and how to choose an appropriate tool to suit your purpose. 

Please note all pricing and hyperlinks were last updated March 2015. Always consult the original tool provider for the most up-to-date information. 

To create interactive eLearning scenarios or lessons, the tool you select will determine the final project you can produce and how it can be integrated into FLO. The following options are just some which are available. To get the most of using tools, plan each slide of the presentation before building so the connections are made clear.

Interactive eLearning scenarios
Tool Name

Lesson Tool (FLO) Adobe Presenter Adobe Captivate Camtasia
Description A built-in application to build branching scenarios and interactive lesson. A program which integrates with PowerPoint as an addon to enable you to build and publish interactive course content in HTML 5 packages. Current version 9. An advanced software program that enables users to build and publish interactive course content in HTML 5 packages. Current version 8. Camtasia is primarily a screen recording and video editing software program with interactive, such as simple quiz and screen interaction features built in.
Benefits In the simplest form, the lesson tool can navigate the users to the next page of information. In the most complex form, quizzes and conditional responses can be enabled to direct users to specific information based on their results or choices.  Build multimedia scenarios in PowerPoint; has a separate but integrated video creator tool (Adobe Presenter Video Express) to enable users to capture the screen and themselves simultaneously; built-in learning analytics dashboard is available. Standalone software program that enables the users to integrate Twitter feeds, YouTube videos, screen captures and more into a simple lesson or scenario; branching scenarios can be developed with conditional release options; multiscreen responsive for mobile technologies; geolocation integration. Integrates with mobile app (Tech Fuse) for capturing video on the move or away from computer; integrates with Snagit for capturing quickly on a computer; primary purpose is to capture the screen and person videoing and adding interactive points throughout the video; add annotation over video; professional and easy to use.
Limitations Less visual than purpose-built software programs (like Adobe Presenter and Captivate). Limited editing capabilities in Video Express; limitations for using Presenter on Mac (video and analytics only, no interactive features like quizzing). Limitations relate to learning how to use the tool for more than basic screen capturing.

Limited interactive elements when computer to authoring tools like Adobe Presenter and Captivate.

Cost Free

$109 (Flinders educational pricing at September 2014).

$165 (Flinders educational pricing at September 2014).

MicroWay Australian pricing:

PC: approximately $370 

Mac: approx. $125

discounts apply for 5+users

Support Contact your eLearning Unit Get help at http://helpx.adobe.com/presenter.html

Get help at http://helpx.adobe.com/captivate.html

Good online tutorials and training materials

Get help at https://support.techsmith.com/home

Good online tutorials and training materials

How to get it Add an activity>Lesson View the order process http://www.flinders.edu.au/its/computers-and-software/software-licensing  View the order process http://www.flinders.edu.au/its/computers-and-software/software-licensing  Camtasia is provided to Flinders staff for free. Refer to the Camtasia eLearning Gateway entry for installation and use information.

Sustainability of object/content

Update/Edit

Update/edit when needed and the results will be published automatically to FLO. Save any project and update and republish when needed. Save any project and update and republish when needed. Save any project and update and republish when needed.

Download/Export

Backup projects; download final lesson.

Backup projects; download final lesson.

Backup projects; download final lesson.
Storage Store on your computer or external drive. Store on your computer or external drive. Store on your computer or external drive.
Integrate with FLO Already integrated Publish as HTML5 package with SCORM capabilities and integrate into FLO with Gradebook features. Publish as HTML5 package with SCORM capabilities and integrate into FLO with Gradebook features. Publish as package with SCORM capabilities and integrate into FLO with Gradebook features.
Privacy Set to private or class/group access Determined based on location of published object. Determined based on location of published object. Determined based on location of published object.

 

Literature and resources

  Scenario/Online learning

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