At times it seems like a course designer’s work is never done. Whether it’s battling corporate malfeasance, improving vocabulary, solving world health issues, or fixing e-learning mistakes, there’s always a new training opportunity. The weekly e-learning challenges were designed to help course designers develop the skills to take on any training challenge… including the Zombie Apocalypse.
This is no joke. Even the Defense Department has a zombie survival plan in place. It’s called CONOP 888 and it’s a how-to guide for military planners trying to isolate the threat from a menu of the undead—from chicken zombies to vegetarian zombies and even "evil magic zombies"—and destroy them. E-learning just got real!
Scenario planning for a zombie apocalypse is what this week’s challenge is all about. Before moving into the challenge, check out some of the creative, zombie-themed games, and interactions course designers shared in the community.
Zombie College: 5 Rules of Lab Safety
A serene college campus in western North Carolina has a dark secret. Watch Zombie College, the short film. Play the mini-game and help Jack and Amy escape! Listen to the song, and download classroom activities.
Zombie Apocalypse Survival: Quiz
Simple but lengthy quiz helps you determine your survival readiness. Lots of good content ideas in this one.
Zombie Apocalypse Quiz
How long would you survive a zombie apocalypse?
Okay this game doesn’t exist, yet I can’t help but think that some of the creative demos folks shared in earlier challenges could be used as the foundation for your Zombie survival guide. Dan's E-Learning Feud is begging for a zombie makeover.
Challenge of the week
This week your challenge is to design a training interaction, job aid, or mini-course to help learners prepare for and survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
Here are a few resources, templates, and articles that could help your course planning.
Freebies: Halloween template
More ideas and resources
Your starting point doesn’t have to be a zombie-themed template. Instead, try working from a corporate template or game that features the interaction you want. Once you have that in place, you can apply your zombie design.
E-Learning challenges and templates
Steal This E-Learning Template by Jackie Van Nice
Branching scenarios and interactions
Build Branched E-Learning Scenarios in Three Simple Steps - Good place to start for simple and practical scenarios.
Building Scenarios for E-Learning - List of more scenario-based posts from Tom.
Share your e-learning work
Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published project and blog post.
Forums: Create your own thread in our E-Learning Heroes forums and share a link to your published demo.
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.
Twitter: If you share your demos on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.
Facebook: Reply to this Facebook post with a link to your demo.
Last week’s Ebola Training challenge
Before you jump into this week's challenge, take a look at the creative training demos your fellow community members shared in last week's challenge:
Wishing you a drop-dead terrific week, E-Learning Zombies!
More about the e-learning challenges:
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. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.
Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free 30-day trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help.