Let's explore the new system interface.
Mouse over the blinking 'i's to learn about each key section.
As you know, videos and animated explainers are great ways to teach and learn. We can embed third party produced instructional videos as teaching and learning tools right inside the eLearning platform.
Enjoy this little documentary!
(warning - an occasional swear word used by the subject of this documentary)
Explaining and / or comparing a concept or a complex process can often be best handled with clear diagrams.
Here's a sample I've created.
The purpose here is to encourage reluctant staff to use a new, unfamiliar machine. With this particular diagram, I demonstrate some advantage in the new process, thus encouraging user by-in by making clear comparisons between the current system (hand washing) and the new, more efficient system we want staff to use (dishwasher). This helps the learner 'hook' the new processes onto things they are familiar with in the old process.
You'll notice the inclusion of additional explainers in pop-up bubbles to give further information in-context.
Simple animated gifs can be created as a clean simple way to demonstrate some processes.
Sometimes lots of text is the only way to go... It doesn't have to be dense or ugly though!
Here's an example demonstrating a situation whereby a portion of a manual that learners are required to read can be presented in a more easily digested manner:
How to Bake a Cake
Cake baking is not difficult, but it requires some organisation and forethought. While the steps for making a cake vary considerably depending on the type, you'll want to do the following before attempting any recipe:
Read Through the Recipe
This sounds obvious, but cakes in particular have certain requirements, such as the temperature of ingredients, that cannot be altered.
You don't want to realise too late that the butter you just mixed with sugar was supposed to be softened.
Assemble Ingredients and Ensure Their Correct Temperature
Get all of your ingredients and equipment out on the counter before you begin and make sure they're at the proper temperature. This is especially important for butter and eggs: Soft butter makes for a smooth batter and a lofty cake, and room-temperature eggs keep the batter's temperature consistent.
To soften butter, leave it out for several hours; it should offer no resistance when you press on it. Or, you can hurry the process using a microwave: Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes, arrange them in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate, then microwave on high for 3 seconds at a time, testing in between, until the butter is softened but not melted.
Preheat the Oven
Before preparing the batter, your oven should be at the correct temperature. A batter will not react properly to heat if it sits at room temperature for 10 minutes waiting for the oven to heat. Nor will it rise properly if the oven continues to warm up after the pan has been placed in it. Avoid burning your cake by setting a rack in the middle of the oven for cake layers or in the lower third for a tube cake so that the top of the pan is not too close to the top of the oven.