Simulation E-Learning: Getting the Message Across
So, you've been asked to create some simulation e-learning that will teach users the 'button-pushing' side of how to use a piece of software, e.g. Word 2010. You probably have some on-screen text so that you can provide the learners with some context. That might be some text describing the ribbon, Mail Merge, or whatever. Then you probably want your learners to go through the steps involved in completing a Mail Merge task, or creating a new style, or whatever it is that your e-learning is simulating.
The way I see it, there are two pieces of textual information you want to include:
- The context
- The instruction
Given that simulation e-learning has limited screen real estate to put text on, due to the fact that the simulated software should be prominent, what do other people do when creating simulation e-learning?
Examples I've seen have a sort of info box splashed across the front of the screen, and then a caption will point to a command (such as the Word save button) and say "Now click Save".
Is that what everyone else does, or do they present simulation training differently? Let's assume there's no audio for the purpose of this discussion!