Using Virtual Tours and Field Trips in E-Learning #379

Virtual Tours in E-Learning #379: Challenge | Recap

Virtual tours are a fantastic way to enable learners to discover and explore remote spaces—just like they would if they were on a real-world field trip. Virtual tours can be self-guided, so learners can choose the areas of interest to explore and dig into the details to learn more. Virtual tours can also be structured through conditional navigation or a compelling host who guides learners through each location.

No matter which design approach you take, virtual tours are an essential activity to include in your e-learning toolkit. Before jumping into this week’s challenge, let’s look at some interaction types to help you design your virtual tours.

Interactive Map Tours

Interactive maps are a popular explore-type activity to guide learners from one point to another while sharing information about each location. Maps designs are super flexible and include everything from simple graphics and illustrations to rich media, including photos and video. 

Interactive Map Tours

Interactive Maps in E-Learning #314: Challenge | Recap

360° Virtual Tours

Storyline’s 360° image feature enables course designers to create even more immersive tours and explore-type activities. Check out the examples featured in the recap to get an idea of what’s possible with this new feature.

360° Virtual Tours

360° Images in E-Learning #337: Challenge | Recap

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an example to demonstrate how virtual tours can be used in e-learning.

Share Your E-Learning Work

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published example and blog post.
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  • Personal blog:  If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure.
  • Social Media: If you share your demos on Twitter or LinkedIn, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you take your learners on a tour, check out the creative examples from last week’s challenge:

Choose Your E-Learning Challenge
Choose Your E-Learning Challenge #378: Challenge | Recap

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The weekly e-learning 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. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Learn more about the challenges in this Q&A post and why and how to participate in this helpful article

Ron Katz
Ron Katz
Yvonne Urra-Bazain

Here is my attempt at creating a virtual tour of the McDonald Observatory exhibit hall: Last night, we attended a Star Party where an astronomer pointed out summer constellations of the Northern Hemisphere under one of the darkest skies in the US. We then viewed various galaxies and nebulae through five different 8" to 21" telescopes guided by observatory staff. I took photos of the indoor exhibit, as I often like to do, because I usually run out of time to read the text well as we are walking through an area and experiencing it for the first time. I have a deep appreciation for exhibit design, especially regarding interactive displays. My fiance (with a steady hand) took a panoramic photo for me u... Expand

Yvonne Urra-Bazain
Jodi M. Sansone
Jodi M. Sansone
Amar Kulshreshtha
Amar Kulshreshtha
Mackenzie Stolz
Kaylene Wance
Norma Johnson
Trevor Newsome
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