My Comment on B. J. Schone’s Post – Scattered Steps

B. J.Schone has got a really nice post in his blog. Please read it here.

The Scattered Steps learning interaction is one of the most commonly used interactive exercises in e-learning. As Schone points out these interactive exercises can be implemented using Flash, Captivate or even Powerpoint.

In fact I have used them too while designing courses.I have tried playing around with these interactive exercises too.Any learner can randomly enter numbers or just drag and drop images without actually knowing the subject/topic and get most of them right or wrong without any learning actually happening.

The tools used to implement apart, in the interactive exercise illustrated below (picked up from Schone’s post), just showing the images and allowing the learner to guess the right procedure by keying in numbers or dragging and dropping the images, without any clues, I guess would be too tough or too easy, especially if the learner has no idea about the activity itself (for example here it is about tying the knot).

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The Check my answer button might lead the learner to the right procedure.

But the vital question is , will the learner actually remember the right procedure? How is learning being facilitated? Does interactivity in e-Learning indicate a couple of mouse clicks?

I guess the objective of making learning interactive is to help the learner retain information gained by engaging him/her.

To make learning happen instantly and to help learners retain the knowledge being gained,the standard interactive exercises used in e-learning must be fine tuned/enhance/revamped to suit the requirements of the learner.

For example in the exercise pointed out by Schone, keeping the drag and drop logic or the keying in number logic as it is, additionally you can have a small box displaying clues or small facts about tying a Windsor Knot.

Using the clues the learner can think and identify the right procedure during the course of the interactive exercise. The exercise can be timed so that the learner finds the exercise challenging.

If you look at the snapshot of the exercise below, all images appear same and it is a bit confusing. There can be a facility to zoom each image when the learner takes the mouse over each image so that he/she can study it.

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Each step in tying a Windsor Knot is vital. The learner has to remember each step. How do you make sure that each step is explained and made clear? Will a drag and drop/keying in numbers kind of exercise suffice?

While designing interactive exercises, we need to think hard on how to improvise upon the standard interactive exercises available.

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