Yay!I get to clickthe Next button! 5 ways to make linear navigation more interesting
Sometimes, we can’t get what we want for our learners.We don’t havethe budget for that. We don’t have the time for that.
As a result, you might bestuck with this: Unfortunately, the path through a linear course can feel like this...
Conveyor-belt courses let learnersclick Next without thinking.But isn’t thinking the whole point?
If you have to create a Next-buttoncourse, you can use the button to youradvantage. You can encourage learnersto: 1. Pause at the Next button. 2. Think. 3. Want to click the button.So the path through the coursebecomes more like...
In most linear courses,a slide contains acomplete idea. It tellsyou everything youneed to know.You click Next simplyout of obedience.OK, click the Nextbutton now.
Instead of finishing every thoughton a slide, what if we madelearners feel like...
5 ways to make learners want to click Next The following techniques work because they make a slide incomplete. They keep the learner a little off balance.1. Ask a question2. Use an incomplete sentence3. Suggest a sequence; build a list4. Compare & contrast5. Create a dilemma
1. Ask a questionEnd the slide with a question. What kinds of questions work well?
Questions that work wellMake learners gauge their existing knowledge: How do most identity thieves get their information?Ask them to predict what’s next: What could happen to Stella’s data?
More questions that workAsk for advice: (A worker sees a colleague install what could be a keylogging device.) What should she do?Set up a mystery that will unfold throughseveral slides: (A client discovers her identity was stolen.) Was it the firm’s fault?
Questions to avoidQuestions that the next slide won’t answer: Do you know someone whose identity has been stolen?Questions no one cares about: How many times per hour is someone’s identity stolen? You could end every slide with a question, but...
...that would get annoying fast. So here’sanother technique: 2. Use an incomplete sentence. End the slide with the beginning of an interesting sentence. Sarah opened the attached file and discovered... You might think that shredding the document is good enough, but... 3 more tips to go!
3. Suggest a sequence; build a listThis is easy to combine with othertechniques, like the incomplete sentence: First, the spear phisher researches his victim online. Then...You could also use this technique to builda graphic.
4. Compare & contrastFollow one slide with a slide that containscontrasting information. Do this in a seriesso the learner recognizes the pattern andtries to complete it.For an example, seehttp://www.slideshare.net/jclarey/meetcharlene
5. Create a dilemma Someone just bought Antarctica with my credit card! What can I do?