SWOT Analysis

christine kent

23 posts

Posted Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM  

Hi guys

 

I am working may way through a set of written assessment materials to see if I can convert them for delivery in Presenter, Engage or Quizmaker.  The one I am currently reviewing is a SWOT analysis.  Has anyone cleverly bent Studio/Quizmaker to deliver something like a quadrant grid with the responses sent to an LMS? 


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Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Monday, October 15, 2012 at 6:20 AM  

Hey Christine,

 

If you'd like to capture learners' responses in your LMS, and you're currently using the Articulate Studio suite, then Quizmaker would be the way to go. It sounds like a good approach would be to build your course in Presenter, possibly add some Engage interactions to make specific slides explorable so that learners can easily consume & learn your content, and then embed a Quizmaker quiz as your assessment. Depending on the length of your course, you might even want to use multiple quizzes throughout the course as periodic brief knowledge-checks, and then use a final quiz at the end for the assessment that you track in your LMS.

 

Regarding the assessment: what skills/knowledge are you wanting to build and measure in your learners? 

 

If you want learners to be able to identify what the letters in SWOT stand for, I could see doing that with maybe a series of fill-in-the-blank questions. You could also build a series of hotspot questions where you show a graphic of the 4 quadrants and display a fact or statement, and then have learners mark the quadrant in which it belongs. 

 

Another possibility might be using a matching drag-and-drop question, which learners match 4 different situations with the correct label (strength, weakness, opportunity, thread). If you don't like the style of the matching drag-and-drop, a matching dropdown might be better suited.

 

Does that help give you some ideas? If you have some specific learning objectives or exercises in mind for your course, feel free to share a bit more detail about those and we can help you keep brainstorming.


Dan Winter

15 posts

Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM  

Hi Christine!

 

Jeanette has an awesome suggestion - fill-in-the-blank answers would be great for SWOT analysis assessment. I've had previous success using the matching drop-down menu, or perhaps even a fill in the blank, with several blanks. This gives students a bit of freedom, and should easily send up to an LMS for you to review.

 

Have you though of maybe using the "Survey" option on Quizmaker? The "Ranking" question option, while not providing you with a grade up front (would of course take a bit of manual work) I can see being very successful! Please do share more - I'm quite interested in the route you'll take...


christine kent

23 posts

Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM  

Jeanette, I have pretty much sorted out the basic quizmaker and engage options and they work nicely for low level courses where the student is not being asked to perform high level functions.

 

However, now I am trying to use Articulate to build training and assessments for fairly high level courses where students are expected to demonstrate analytical and problem solving abilities. I am trying to see if there is any way we can do something a bit more intelligent. 

 

A SWOT analysis is where they have to assess some business process or idea according to 4 parameters, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.  Traditionally this is always laid out in a quadrant and there is no single correct answer.

 

This means the text they enter has to be sent back to the instructor for assessment.  I have used the Survey/Essay option for other qualitative responses but for this one I want to collect 4 essays on a single page - i'ts a layout issue more than anything else.

 

Essentially i am wanting 4 freeform essay responses on a single page, so that students can fill their responses into the quadrant on a single page.  

Of course, it would be possible to have them fill out 4 separate essay questions, but that would lose the point of the quadrant layout. and would be definitely a workaround rather than a good option.


Jon DeGroot

6 posts

Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 8:28 PM  

Hey Christine,

I see what you're trying to do and entirely agree that the ideal would be to have all of the essay responses on a single page. Unfortunately Quizmaker can only handle one short answer (or essay) input per screen. Storyline on the other hand may  do the trick. Articulate just sent out an email recently demonstrating how to use text variables to capture student responses.

 

http://learn.articulate.com/text-variables/

 

You could easily customize this to your needs and display 4 free form essay responses on one page. I realize this would involve getting Storyline and becoming familiar with that tool but I wanted to mention it in case you were interested.


christine kent

23 posts

Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 8:39 PM  

Yes  I am.  I am testing these products for the organisation I work for.  They are letting me do it, but not buying the products (yet) so I am starting with Studio and when that free month runs out, moving on to Storyline - thereby maximising how much I can learn/review/test and so get enough evidence to encourage the organisation to buy one or both products.

 

But I saw that email as well, and I am thinking I may need to get Storyline before my month on Studio is up.  That was pretty nice stuff.

 

Question - Does anyone know if this kind of text variable entry can be sent to an LMS? 


Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:22 AM  

Hi again Chrstine! Below is a quick mockup of an idea that might come close to what you have in mind for your SWOT activity. This was done in Storyline. It mimics (I think!) your idea of showing four different text variables on a single page. (In reality, it's actually created on four separate screens, so that each text entry can be captured and transmitted to an LMS as a separate item)

 

And yes, you can definitely send the text-entry data to an LMS. I uploaded the interaction to Articulate Online, completed the activity with some practice text, and then created a printout of the resulting data (see attached pdf at the bottom of this post). Although every LMS handles data and reporting differently, I just wanted to show you that yes, the data does get transmitted.

 

I hope this helps give you an idea of what's possible with Storyline! I'm also attaching the source file in case you've downloaded the free Storyline trial and would like to take a look under the hood at how the file was put together.

 

Published output

Storyline source file

 


AnswerBreakdown3.pdf
Brenda Lane

3 posts

Posted Monday, October 22, 2012 at 4:08 PM  

Hi Jeanette,

I always appreciate when you provide the source files. It is usually pretty easy to deconstruct them and figure out how you built a particular module.  In this case, I got a little lost.  Can you explain the trigger that ends with "..equal to the typed value when the control loses focus?"  I am not sure what the "loses focus" means.

Thanks!


Jeanette Brooks

3,630 posts

Posted Monday, October 22, 2012 at 4:13 PM  

Hi Brenda, it just means whenever the user clicks anywhere outside the data entry field.


christine kent

23 posts

Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM  

Oh, thank you for that.  It looks great.  I am really trying to "sell" Articulate into my organisation, and perhaps a bigger plus than a very good produce is superb customer support!