Using Pro-Con Lists in E-Learning to Help Learners Make Better Choices #208

Using Pro-Con Lists in E-Learning #208: Challenge | Recap

How Can Course Designers Let Learners Compare Different Points of View?

A lot of e-learning is designed around telling learners what they should and should not do. This “good dog / bad dog” design style is most commonly found in compliance and ethics courses. While there’s nothing wrong with this approach, it tends to produce courses that are heavy on information and light on learner engagement.

Another approach is to engage learners by showing them potential consequences of their actions. That’s where decision-making tools like pro-con lists can help.

Here are a few ideas for using pro-con lists in e-learning:

  • Create an interactive sound board to let learners hear from two (or more) different experts on an ethics topic
  • Use drag-and-drop activities that let learners sort weighted options into categories
  • Design text-entry interactions for pros and cons and ask learners to type advantages and consequences into each column

I can imagine even more ways to use pro-con lists in e-learning. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an example that uses a “Pros and Cons” format to help learners make decisions.

Your entry can be static or interactive, so feel free to share anything you can think of. Even silly ideas can help trigger practical solutions, so don’t hold back!

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you weigh the pros and cons of this week’s challenge, check out the creative ways course designers present FAQs in e-learning:

Using FAQ Interactions in E-Learning #207

FAQ Interactions in E-Learning #207: Challenge | Recap

Wishing you a pro week, E-Learning Heroes!

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Yingying Li
Yingying Li
Robin Weggeman

Here's mine, I see now Yingying also used the Weight of Arguments. Nice thing to be able to add your own argument. Well thought of! My approach is with sliders. Here's the JAVAscript for handling each slider, when it moves. For it to work, you need to create the variables "Total, TotCon & TotPro" in SL. //GET PRO SLIDE VALUES var player = parent.GetPlayer(); var s1 = player.GetVar ("Slider1"); var s2 = player.GetVar ("Slider2"); var s3 = player.GetVar ("Slider3"); var s4 = player.GetVar ("Slider4"); var s5 = player.GetVar ("Slider5"); var totalpro = s1+s2+s3+s4+s5; player.SetVar ("TotPro", totalpro); //GET CON SLIDER VALUES var s6 = player.GetVar ("Slider6"); var s7 = player.GetVar ("Slider7"); var s8 = ... Expand

David Anderson
David Anderson