Have you ever felt that assessments are a tough or boring part of an eLearning course? Do you want to make it as a fun learning activity as well an effective review/practice exercise for your eLearning course?
By embedding interesting games, we can develop assessments as an engaging learning activity in eLearning. A word search puzzle is one which acts as interactive assessments that help the learner to reinforce the learning process by creating a healthy fun environment, and make them engaged with the course. Here I would like to share 6 simple steps that help you develop word search puzzles for your eLearning course effectively.
Choose a content type
The first and foremost thing to consider before making a crossword puzzle is to choose and decide the content on which you are going to create a crossword puzzle. The content type can be varied from one eLearning course to other. It may be important concepts, keywords or key ideas, simple definitions.
Sometimes the content may be differentiated as technical or non-technical. Identify the technical and important keywords or terms, which are being used in the eLearning course and make them in bold for easy selection.
Select the level of puzzle/Type of puzzle
Selecting a puzzle type purely depends on the content type it may be either a simple or complicated puzzle. It is always better to create an easy and simple puzzle to avoid difficulty in learning at the beginning.
Decide puzzle grid size or grid range
The grid size refers to the number of rows and columns that are used in the puzzle. Selecting the grid size depends on the word size and letters in the word. The puzzle grid range may vary between the different sizes; we can easily find out the puzzle size by knowing the length of the word (number of letters in it).
For example if one word in the list of words contains a maximum of 12 letters, then the puzzle grid size is set as 12 cells by 12. (that is, 12 rows and 12 columns).
Choose a design and align properly for your puzzle grid
Selecting a right theme or design makes your puzzle more interesting than a boring puzzle. You can give different colors for the puzzle. Align the grid cells in a proper way so that all the words can fit in the cells in an appropriate way. A good design of puzzle inspires and encourages the learner towards the learning activity.
Be ready with a list of words
Select the words from the given content, which are going to be used in the puzzle. The word in the list must be relevant to the given context and place them in the puzzle cells (or boxes) in vertical or horizontal order.
Once placing is done, the remaining cells may be filled with different alphabets. (It just to fill the remaining gaps in the puzzle and they may act as distractors.)
Provide some clues/hints
Giving relevant and suitable clues helps to complete the puzzle quickly and efficiently. List all the clues at one side of the puzzle in simple sentences or phrases. These clues may not be directly related to the content but these can be substitutes for the words given in the puzzle. We can highlight the clue if the selected word matches to the correct answer.
Here are a few examples which help you to understand how a word search puzzles works in the eLearning.
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Hope these 6 simple steps help you in creating a brainstorming word-search puzzle in a fun-filled and a less tiring way in eLearning courses. Do share your thoughts on the same!!