Need ideas: How to display Do's and Don'ts

Jun 29, 2011

I find myself creating do and don't lists pretty regularly. (Probably because I do a lot of policy courses [YAY!!]) I've used red light/green light, thumbs up/down to illustrate, but needless to say, it's gotten pretty stale. I still end up with 2 lists with some kind of associated image....boring.

Surely someone has a really great example or idea to share. Maybe in Quizmaker...Engage? It doesn't matter to me. I just need fresh perspective.


16 Replies
Kayla Burtch

It might be more interesting/engaging if you did a quizmaker having them guess whether each one is a Do or a Don't and then wrap it up with a list of each in the appropriate column. That way they are thinking about each one in a more thought-inducing way, instead of just reading a boring list. Your feedback could even explain why it is a Do/Don't if they answer incorrectly.

Jeanette Brooks

Great idea Kayla! Depending on the content, if you can show examples of the dos & don'ts visually, an Engage interaction could be really cool for this. You could use a Labeled Graphic that shows a scene, with markers placed on parts of the picture that represent the do's or don'ts. Then the user could hover/click the marker to find out what's right or wrong with the picture.

Kristen Hull

Jeanette's idea reminded me of the Highlights magazine dos and don'ts cartoon.  I had to Google to find their names (Goofus and Gallant!)  Their story adventure is pretty cute--perhaps you could do something like this?  I like how they incorporate what happens when you follow each kid's advice.

Kayla Burtch

I remeber there was an example I saw similar to what Jeanette proposed. It was in a kitchen and the person was supposed to find the three safety hazards in the room. I don't think it was made in articulate but it could be easily duplicated either with a hotspot quizmaker, or in powerpoint using hyperlinks (just be sure to create a large hyperlink under the "answer" hyperlinks so that the mouse changing doesn't give away the answer!!!)

Kayla Burtch

It is not the specific one I was thinking of (I think the one I was thinking of was on a different site, made with a different program) but it definitley shows ways you could achieve the same thing in articulate. That's one of my favourite parts of using articulate, all the interesting outside the box ways of creating endless possibilities.

Heather Beaudoin

I suggest not telling them the do's and don'ts. Just start with telling a story about someone doing a few things -- say 5-6 of the policy items.  They do some things right (do's) and some things wrong (don'ts).  Then, ask the student to select which of their actions were the right thing to do or the wrong thing to do or whatever you want to highlight.  The feedback and branching will be the key here to give them multiple chances to get all the answers right.

Do that with several stories to cover all the do's and don'ts. Then, you can just have a PDF that summarizes all of them in a nice handout that they can print at the end of the course (or from the Attachments tab or wherever).  This method could be done in either slides or in Quizmaker.

The key is to demonstrate (vs tell them) the policies and let the students draw their own conclusions... including seeing the results of making the wrong choices.

Leslie Brown

Thanks for the suggestions.

I like the scene idea. I can see myself using that for some stuff I have coming up (construction site ordinances). I don't think it will work for this particular one (which is on policies/procedures for the company procurement card). But I think I'll do a multiple response quiz that has them choose the dos and don'ts.

Jeanette Brooks

Hi Phil - in the example that Dave Becker shared in that blog post, he inserted a Quizmaker quiz into his presentation as a slide. So the first slide was built in PowerPoint/Presenter, and the 2nd slide was build in Quizmaker (and inserted as a placeholder slide in Powerpoint/Presenter)... and the 3rd slide was built in PowerPoint/Presenter. Here's a tutorial that explains more about how to add a quiz to a course:

Basically, any content that you build in Quizmaker or Engage can be added to your course this way. Once you add it to your course as a slide, it appears as a placeholder slide within PowerPoint until you publish. In your published content, the location of your placeholder slide is where your course displays the actual Quizmaker quiz.

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