Several months back, BuzzFeed posted another one of their viral quizzes. The only difference this time was that this quiz wasn’t written by one of their writers—it was written by the Kentucky school system over 100 years ago. You can peek at the answer guide here.
Not only is the quiz fun to review, the Buzzfeed makeover is also interesting from a course design perspective. I really like how they gave the quiz a modern feel using stock photos and immediate, visual feedback. It was also a trip to see how much (or little) science I still remembered.
Science E-Learning Examples
When I think of all the types of courses I’ve worked on, I realize some of my best work was for an automotive e-learning company I worked at 10+ years ago. I really liked the content because it was a good mix of soft skills (service training, troubleshooting) and technical training (electrical systems, braking, etc.).
Here’s an example of an interaction I designed to test students on fuel mixtures:
Wheel of Gases (requires Flash plugin)
DC Fundamentals: The Role of Electrons
You might have seen this one on our showcase page. Designed by Ryan Martin and Anna Sabramowicz, this course features a mix of fast-paced instruction and practice activities, like this drag-and-drop on atomic configurations:
What can you build with 7,000 triggers? Pretty much anything you want! Community member Phil Mayor built this scientific demo a few years ago, but it’s still one of the most impressive examples we’ve seen.
Challenge of the Week
This week your challenge is to design a learning interaction for a science topic. You can design a makeover for the Bullitt County science quiz or come up with something that interests you. Just keep the focus on science and you can do whatever you want.
Here are a few science-related courses and interactions I found. Please share your favorites in the comments below. I’m really interested in seeing more science examples.
- Science Quizzes for Kids
- BrainPop Science
- Scholastic: Science Explorations
- Khan Academy: Science
Share Your E-Learning Work
- Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published example and blog post.
- Forums: Start your own thread and share a link to your published examples.
- Personal blog: If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the 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: Share your work on our Facebook page by replying to this Facebook post with a link to your example.
Last Week’s Challenge:
Before you blind your learners with science, check out last week’s navigation and menus challenge:
Wishing you an empirical week, E-Learning Heroes!
New to 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.