Characters in E-Learning

Characters in E-Learning #18: Challenge | Recap

One of the most active topics in our community is around using characters in online courses. Whether they’re photographic, illustrated, or animated, and whether you call them avatars, talking heads, on-screen coaches, or pedagogical agents, instructional characters can help connect your learners to the content.

Examples of characters in e-learning

Presenter character

A popular way to use characters in courses is as a virtual host or presenter that guides your learners through the e-learning course.

View the character host example

Interactive Characters

Using interactive markers and labels you can introduce your learners to a cast of real or fictitious characters.

Interactive Characters

View the interactive character example

Video characters

Video characters can be used to demonstrate conversations and interactive scenarios. The Broken Co-Worker example is a great example of how you can shoot your own video clips for character-based learning.

View the video characters example

Talking characters

Have you considered how your characters will communicate? Text-only courses will likely include chat clouds or captions to indicate speech. Audio-based courses can include voice over dialogue, text-to-speech, and even add a video element to simulate a talking character.

View the talking character demo

Challenge of the week

This week your challenge is to show us how to use characters in e-learning. You can create static slides that show character-based ideas, or build something more dynamic to show the interaction between characters.

Tools

You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio ’09, Articulate Studio ’13, or PowerPoint to show your character-inspired interactions.

Resources

Forum discussions

Tutorials

Additional resources

Last week’s e-learning job aids challenge

You guys sure dragged out some amazing examples for our last weekly challenge. One of the things I love about these challenges is the way you all bring your own individual touch to each one.

To help stay in character this week, check out the inspirational examples your fellow community members shared in the last challenge:

What's an e-learning challenge?

The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.

Hope your week has character, E-Learning Heroes!

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