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Zara Ogden

My ESP is telling me that many of our fellow community member will tell you to put it into a story. And to be honest I must agree with them.

My suggestion is to create a storyline that will allow the user to interact with the form and complete it. It can be fun and you can also incorporate little tidbits about people management.

Perhaps you could have a new hire that you have to complete the form for you walk through highlighting the basic detail. Then perhaps you have a promotion or more advanced option and walk through even more of the form. I have created something like this using Media tour where I walk the user through the form based on the information I provide. In the second instance I make it focus on more difficult knowedge.

In the end assuming you need a quiz Give a scenario and have the user complete the form independently via quizmaker.

Quiz could include questions...

Hotspot - Locate the section you fillout first.

Drag and Drop - What information goes in this section?

Multiple Response - Select the correct Classification...

Bruce Graham

Zara's super ESP sense is probably spot-on, however, you could just make it into a series of Labelled Graphics, creating screenshots from each of the sections, and have them click on areas to get descriptions.

Important with anything like this (IMHO) not only to explain what to do, but WHY they have to do it, and implications of not doing so, or getting it wrong. It is, pretty much, a piece of compliance training, so explaining impications etc. very pertinent.

Let us know how it goes.

Bruce

Zara Ogden

I so agree Bruce.

I am actually building a program currently for Incident Investigation and Reporting (accident reporting). It is a Health and Safety Training program for management. My concept goes something like this...

Section 1

A witty Health & Safety Guru does a PPT presentation on all the Dry Theory material (think Disney's Ludwig but not the cartoon). It is short and direct.You as the Manager have been assigned 2 resource persons to shadow you an help with Heath & Safety in your facility.

Section 2

A general incident occurs (non life threatening). The 2 resource people help you to investigate and report the incident occasionally trying to put you down the wrong path.

Section 3

A sever incident occurs (life threatening). The 2 resource people observe you as you investigate and report the incident occasionally trying to put you down the wrong path.This time instead of them giving you info you have solve the problem more.

Section 4

Basic quiz on the info covered.

This project is my giant a attempt at Branching and Quizmaker Branching. I am very excited about it and I have the perfect flexible SME/Client to work with.

In a previous program I did a basic version. I have a section that outlined the form with Graphic Label. Then to ensure that the user was going to be able to apply the info I created 2 Media Tours that walked the user through the information. the first a basic example and the second a more difficult example.

Bruce Graham

Simple, rough and ready (just like me....).

How about something like this, if you want to go down the "linear explanation" route:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4349561/Oregon/player.html

Of course there's nothing stopping you putting other interactivity etc. around it.

It's simple to customise to the existing form colors, which is a nice visual touch.

Just used .ppt, Snagit, Presenter, Engage and "Pixie" to match the colors.

Bruce

Jeanette Brooks

Hey Brandy, re: crafting the look and feel of your course, have you seen this tutorial where David walks through the mindmapping process? It's a neat way to strategize the visual elements you could use for your course, so that the look and feel supports the content.  Can you share a little more about the course - i.e., tell us a little more about the managers who need to fill out the form, and why? If so, we could help you do a mindmap exercise to brainstorm some visual elements or themes.

Brandy Meng

Zara King said:

My ESP is telling me that many of our fellow community member will tell you to put it into a story. And to be honest I must agree with them.

My suggestion is to create a storyline that will allow the user to interact with the form and complete it. It can be fun and you can also incorporate little tidbits about people management.

Perhaps you could have a new hire that you have to complete the form for you walk through highlighting the basic detail. Then perhaps you have a promotion or more advanced option and walk through even more of the form. I have created something like this using Media tour where I walk the user through the form based on the information I provide. In the second instance I make it focus on more difficult knowedge.

In the end assuming you need a quiz Give a scenario and have the user complete the form independently via quizmaker.

Quiz could include questions...

Hotspot - Locate the section you fillout first.

Drag and Drop - What information goes in this section?

Multiple Response - Select the correct Classification...


Great ideas Zara!  This course used to be instructor-led with a lot of scenarios.  Your idea of creating a storyline would work and then I could re-purpose some of the scenarios I already have.  Thanks

Brandy Meng

Bruce Graham said:

Simple, rough and ready (just like me....).

How about something like this, if you want to go down the "linear explanation" route:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4349561/Oregon/player.html

Of course there's nothing stopping you putting other interactivity etc. around it.

It's simple to customise to the existing form colors, which is a nice visual touch.

Just used .ppt, Snagit, Presenter, Engage and "Pixie" to match the colors.

Bruce


Wow, you are on it Bruce!  Thanks for the example.

Brandy Meng

Jeanette Brooks said:

Hey Brandy, re: crafting the look and feel of your course, have you seen this tutorial where David walks through the mindmapping process? It's a neat way to strategize the visual elements you could use for your course, so that the look and feel supports the content.  Can you share a little more about the course - i.e., tell us a little more about the managers who need to fill out the form, and why? If so, we could help you do a mindmap exercise to brainstorm some visual elements or themes.


Thanks Jeanette.  I did see the tutorial, but I just keep running into a creative dead-end when I try to do it with the topic of position descriptions! 

All state manager's have to write or update all of their employee's position descriptions.  The position description is the primary document that is used by manager's and HR to recruit, hire, assign work, deterimine job classification/pay, and manage performance.  Here are the learning objectives from the instructor-led course:

  • Describe the essential pieces of a position description
  • Describe the different uses of a PD in an organization
  • Evaluate a position description for completeness
  • Apply an accepted model for writing job task statements
  • List the consequences of poor or out-of-date PD’s
  • Describe how the ADA impacts how we write position descriptions
  • Explain why position descriptions are necessary.
  • Describe the appropriate use of classification specifications when writing position descriptions.
  • Identify the process, tools and guidelines for preparing position descriptions.
  • Write descriptive duty statements that clearly identify the tasks the employee needs to do.
  • Explain the importance of identifying the essential functions of a position.
Brandy Meng

David Anderson said:

HI Brandy,

Are you trying to get a design theme for the forms? We could go through the mind/design map process to find a custom theme for the project.

@Bruce - I finally picked up Tony's book and it's sitting right here. Excited to see what he has to offer

Yes, I'm trying to get a design theme for the course.

Bruce Graham
  • Describe the essential pieces of a position description - what does a really rubbish one look like?
  • Describe the different uses of a PD in an organization - they have limited value, don't they. Not really needed...
  • Evaluate a position description for completeness - Why does it need to be evaluated?
  • Apply an accepted model for writing job task statements - Not important. I do not need someone to tell me how to do this.
  • List the consequences of poor or out-of-date PD’s - Demonstrate poor
  • Describe how the ADA impacts how we write position descriptions SURELY this is not important?
  • Explain why position descriptions are necessary. "Necessary" - surely "nice to have"?
  • Describe the appropriate use of classification specifications when writing position descriptions. What do you mean "Appropriate"?
  • Identify the process, tools and guidelines for preparing position descriptions. It's just a document. Is all this REALLY necessary?
  • Write descriptive duty statements that clearly identify the tasks the employee needs to do. "You mean a job description - right?"
  • Explain the importance of identifying the essential functions of a position. "You mean the same as the above - yes?"

How about looking at it from this perspective, th eperspective of someone who REALLY does not get it, really does not understand WHY this administrative task is sooooo important?

Bruce

Phil Mayor

I like Bruce's idea, you could go one step further with his suggestion by building some flash movies for each label that show the section being completed.  NO flash skills needed as you could build them in powerpoint publish and then take the swfs out of the published file.

Also you could use a custom player that looks like a folder, (I would do this for free if you are interested)

Phil

Brandy Meng

Phil Mayor said:

I like Bruce's idea, you could go one step further with his suggestion by building some flash movies for each label that show the section being completed.  NO flash skills needed as you could build them in powerpoint publish and then take the swfs out of the published file.

Also you could use a custom player that looks like a folder, (I would do this for free if you are interested)

Phil


If you could I would greatly appreciate it!!