An interaction is a learning activity where a learner is presented with a problem and asked to work to achieve a goal. Interactions need not be gimmicky and they should be visually interactive to grab the learner’s attention/interest.
What do you think? Why is the integration of engaging interactions necessary in an eLearning course? Well, most of the eLearning courses are like “page turners” where learners simply read through the pages of text and lose their interest while reading. Engaging interactions are necessary because they keep the learners interested and motivated during the entire length of their learning experience.
It is important to use interactions only when and where they are useful in the course. If an interaction does not fit well into the content, then do not include it in your course. Choosing an appropriate interactive level is also an important factor to be considered.
There are four levels of eLearning interactivities (Passive, Limited, Complex and Real-time interactions). A few examples of interactivities include course navigational features, graphics and animations, exercises, games and assessments.
In this blog, I shall talk about the complex interactions, which we have created for one of our clients using Articulate Storyline.
Here is our client requirement:
Recently, one of our clients asked us to create a complex assessment in Storyline and it was a major technical challenge for us. The client wanted the learner to map one option with the multiple options and also the learner should get “Correct” and “Incorrect” feedback based on the learner’s choice. If the learner selects the correct option, then the “Correct” feedback should be displayed and if the learner selects the wrong options, then the “Incorrect” feedback should get displayed.
The assessment involves various combinations of mapping (mathematical relationships) such as one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many. These kinds of assessments can be done easily with “Flash” software rather than Storyline. So we had to explore the tool to get a breakthrough and finally accomplished their requirement using “States” and “Variables” features in Storyline.
Here are a few screenshots of the assessment that we have created.
Thus, Articulate Storyline offers all kinds of opportunities for customization and you are not limited to the default interactions. You can also create complex assessments and games like hangman, crossword, learning activities and many more interactivities using the interesting features in Articulate Storyline.