A couple of days after I had read the article, a thought struck me: What is the best way of making a person read through dos and don’ts? After tinkering with several ideas, I felt that the ‘Choice-and-Consequence’ strategy will work the best.
Moreover, if this strategy is combined with a story centring the learner, the dos and don’ts will go from being a passively read list to a high-stake activity.
- Include the structural elements of a story– Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action and Resolution– into the module. Read this article if you are interested in exploring more about this elements.
- Present the module as one flowing chunk rather than disjointed parts
- Shorten the module as there is no need to include a separate start and an end for the story
The story would then lead to a scene wherein the learner has to decide whether or not to heed to the advice (rising action). The decisions taken by the learner, in turn, would decide whether the learner’s house remained safe or not (climax). A character, who would be introduced during the early stage of the story, would provide the feedback (falling action) as well lead to the recap screen (resolution).
Instead, I decided to use the technique of backstory that would inform the learner of the prior events. The backstory would then lead to the present day wherein the learner would have to take decision regarding the decisions. View the video given below to gain a better understanding of how I started with the backstory before leading the learner into the present moment.
I also decided to do away with the traditional next button. Instead a blinking arrow takes the learner from one slide to the next.