For this challenge, David Anderson asked us to take static content and turn it into an interactive knowledge check. I grabbed some of the least appealing content I know and got to work.
I did a cost share course for a nonprofit a few years ago, and even though I was able to perk most of it up, there were a few screens that didn’t lend themselves to perking.
My idea was to take the worst – a screen about parts of a government code – and turn it into an interactive knowledge check.
I took my improved version (you can see the client’s original above) – and challenged myself to leave the layout intact.
I converted it into a drag-and-drop interaction that actually took quite awhile to get exactly as I wanted it.
My focus was not only on making it clean and functional, but on giving the learner the freedom to play with it as much as they’d like.
What I like best is that it gives you a chance to interact with the content. You can puzzle it through and learn a bit along the way.
What I like least is that it’s not the memorable, motivational, or meaningful star I would like it to be – but you have to pick your battles. 95% of the course uses scenarios and good context; but the client’s goal was to introduce the idea that each part of the code has meaning – not to memorize it. If you needed it on the job, you’d look it up! (Who doesn’t love performance support?)