Development models

Tom,

I attended DevLearn 2012 last week and was in your session "Create Engaging and Interactive eLearning with a simple design model". The model you presented was good stuff. You had mentioned you have several other models you use as well. Is there somewhere that I can get information on them. I'm interested in using those types of models in my own eLearning projects. Thanks.

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Daniel Brigham

Hi, Tom (and others knowledgeable about the RSI model):

I'm sort of curious about the function of the "host." Most of the time I place the learner in the role of host, but I'm wondering when it might be more effective to place some other character in that role. Of course, if I have a protagonist for the course, he/she very well might go there.

Anyone use this host function in a different way than I've just described? When we are talking about roles, we are talking about tension and drama. --Daniel

David Anderson

So that's a really great question that speaks to the different narrative approaches you can take with RSI (or any scenario).

In the tire-changing RSI, the host is an expert or coach who guides the "What would you do...?" questions. In that example, the host asks and prompts the learner to respond. Tom probably frames it differently, but most of my RSI hosts are not the learner.

My hosts aren't always represented on the slide, other than in voice. You can see example of a non-visible host in the Communication Tools demo. The host presents the situation, but is never visually represented.

It would be easy to reframe those examples by rewriting the questions in the first person: "My tire just went flat! The first thing I'll do is...." 

Daniel Brigham

Thanks, David, for the explanation and example of the "invisible host." It has gotten me thinking about who are the "dramatic personae" in my scenarios and courses, and how I might exploit those roles for maximum effect. Been thinking a lot about how to heighten the tension and conflict in my courses to create interest. Where's the conflict, and how does it get resolved? -- that sort of thing. Thanks again. --Daniel 

David Anderson

One of the neat things about the RSI happens is the option to make all choices correct or incorrect. Adults prefer certainty over ambiguity so you can have some fun with that. Of course it's easier to "grade" someone when there's a clear answer, but it's fun when you can get away with something different.

Daniel Brigham

It's funny, I was thinking about the "unfaithful narrator" that many of us learned about in High School English. I imagine the unfaithful narrator could exploited in courses that use voiceover, and that's sort of what happens when all answers are of a type. Sort of a don't-trust-me-think-for-yourself-vibe.