Engage learners with a comic-book style scenario
I teach university courses online. My students are graduate students, but many have not been in school for several years, and most are not familiar with one of the writing expectations of the university: all papers must be formatted according to APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines.
Many of my students were reluctant to take the time to learn how to correctly format their papers and references. Although I let them know that it would actually save them time in the end, it was difficult to convince many students that taking the short amount of time to learn how to use MS Word formatting tools would be a time-saver.
Guided Tour/Software Simulation
I designed this short tutorial, What the heck is “APA” Style?!, using interactive screenshots and screen capture technology, to teach my students how easy it is to correctly format their papers. Essentially, it’s a guided tour of the MS Word References Tab. Students can view the short scenario first, or use the menu to jump straight to the software simulation. Since offering this tutorial to my students, I have seen a much higher compliance with the university’s guidelines, and students tell me the short scenario and tutorial are engaging and effective.
Authoring Tools: This presentation was developed in PowerPoint 2013 and imported into Articulate Storyline 1.