In an earlier blog, we talked about the “Watch, Try and Do” approach towards using simulations. In this blog, I would like to share the checklist that I have developed to assess the quality of simulations in the WATCH scenario.
The WATCH scenario is used to show a particular procedure or process to the learner. The task is explained with audio narration, mouse clicks and callouts; these are used to highlight the key areas showing the navigation, locating a specific area that needs to be clicked and the text that should be typed in a particular field.
Here are some of the points you need to keep in mind while evaluating a simulation based on the Watch scenario:
1) There should be an intro page that tells the learners what they are going to learn from the demonstration. It should also contain appropriate navigational instructions such as “Click Next to start the demonstration“. The word ‘Click‘ should be in bold and in a color that draws the learner’s attention. The word “Next” should also be in bold.
2) A play button should be given so that the learner can click it to start the demo. Learners should also be allowed to watch the demo as many times as they want during the course. For this purpose “Play, Pause, and Replay” buttons should be provided to control the demonstration.
3) Important words such as PRESS and Enter should preferably be in a bold for easy identification and all the letters can be in upper case (e.g. ENTER your password).
4) All clickable and selectable words should be in black color and bold in style.(e.g SELECT your first security question).
5) Each step should end with a period.
6) The mouse pointer should move to point out or to click on the respective field or location once the audio of a particular step is completed.
7) There shouldn’t be any pause in the action for each text box – the mouse should keep moving as each text box appears and disappears.
8) Highlighting of the text and images should be done exactly as per the instructions given in the storyboard.
9) Once the watch simulation is completed, an alert window should be displayed with a message “Click Replay to see the demonstration again or Click Next to continue“.
I hope that this checklist serves as a quick reminder while you develop simulations based on the WATCH scenario. Do share your suggestions.