Monday, August 7, 2017

A Canvas LMS Quiz Converted to Storyline 3

I’ve began considering more often when it is appropriate to work within the Canvas Learning Management system rather than create content in Storyline. Canvas has the advantage that pages can be updated easily similar to updating blog content. Replacing an image or adjusting text is simple. Whereas with Storyline we need to open original SL files, make adjustments, export the file, and embed to the LMS.  Therefore, a rule I’ve begun to adopt is that if content needs modification within a year I’ll likely embed it as text and images straight to Canvas. If the information or lecture material will not need updating for at least a year then Ill consider designing it to Storyline.

Here is an example of where I opted to utilize Storyline rather than work in Canvas. This started off as a self-check quiz where students answered questions about their ability to learn in an online course. Normally I would create quizzes within Canvas. It is obvious right? Scores can be easily stored to the grade book, and it is accessible to update questions. However, in this case tabulating the total score was not a primary goal, and the quiz questions will remain the same for at least a few years.

Variable data was sent from my Storyline file to Google docs
Students receive a score after they take this self-check, but as long as they answer every question then they earn 5 points. To keep track of the score I used Javasscript to send the data from Storyline to Google docs. Incidentally I learned how to do this from this excellent online tutorial presented at an eLearning conference in Seattle, and I often reference back to it.

An example of a quiz question in the Canvas LMS.
I was able to create a more elegant quiz/self-check than the Canvas LMS interface allows, and IMHO it is more responsive and user friendly. I started from a quiz template provided by eLearning Heroes. I modified it, but the base will look familiar to anyone who has seen it at the eLearning Hero site. 

The link is here if you would to take a look the self-check converted from Canvas to Storyline. Enjoy!

Here is the Storyline version of the student Self-Check

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

E-Learning Challenge 174

Here is my attempt at the E-Learning Challenge #174

I’ve been following the Articulate e-Learning challenges for several years and decided it was finally time to jump into the water. The theme for last week's challenge was to use Javascript in SL to create random words. I developed this as something simple to showcase, but also to be usable in an introductory course for Healthcare Informatics. This will serve as a reinforcement of medical prefixes and suffixes.

Here is a link to the online version 
Here is a link to the original SL3 file

I added a JS trigger to a button on the Storyline slide. In the code below you will see that I created an array of medical suffixes and prefixes. The first fifteen words are suffixes and the rest of the words are prefixes. The program randomizes the words. Then on line 4 below, it retrieves the index value of the random word. This index value will tell us if the value of wordNumber is 0-14 (a suffix) or 15 and higher (a prefix). The conditional checking for which slide layer to display (correct or incorrect) is added to a button trigger event on the main slide.
  1. var player = GetPlayer();
  2. var words = ["algia","cyte","gen","graphy","ism","natal","oid","osis","penia","phobia","pnea","stasis",
  3. var wordChoice = words[Math.floor(Math.random() * words.length)]; 
  4. var wordNumber=words.indexOf(wordChoice); player.SetVar("randomWord",wordChoice); 
  5. player.SetVar("arrayNumber",wordNumber);


Monday, July 24, 2017

Return to an old blog

I started this blog in 2010.  But...then like a hundred and fifty thousand zillion other bloggers out there I let my early posts sit and sit and sit and fall asleep.  Besides...what is there to say that I couldn't broadcast on Facebook? In fact I forgot I started this thing until I went back to blogger to sign up for a new blog where I could write about instructional design.

Since the time that I first  created this blog I've been hired as an E-Learning Specialist for Healthcare Informatics at Bellevue college, I've become more proficient with a variety of educational software including Storyline, and I've been working with a great team here at the college. It feels time to update my online presence, start being more creative again, and maybe  I can share some good things  about learning and teaching.

Rather than recreate the blog-wheel I've decided start up again here at DudeRocking. This time with a theme of education and instructional design threaded among other life topics. Ill tend to keep things focused on ID (for a while) but I'm not good at being one dimensional, so neither will this blog. I played around with various clever titles for the blog but DudeRock & DudeRocking is here to stay- even though I'm not so sure what it all means.

The odd thing is that I write this new entry nearly 7 years to the day after my last (of only two) previous blogger posts.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Arboretum Movie

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Youtube Link (higher quality)

I spent some time with Liam at the Arboretum in Seattle this week. He helped a lot with the filming and he assisted with moving the camera crane. This was shot on a T2i 1080i 24fps, edited in Premiere, and the music was mixed by me in Garageband. The difficult part was the rendering time and I am still trying to figure out the best ways to render out HD and upload it without spending hours doing it. There is a visible difference in quality, but I am not convinced yet that when viewing a movie at 580x360 (for example) on the web that is worth the time to have it in HD at 100mb for a personal project. Anyways, for this version Ill stick with standard video quality.

I think this is another good test project, especially for being created in about 5 hours. Now today is a big planning day for the ghost/house movie. I expect much of the day to be spent moving furniture.

Monday, July 19, 2010

New Noise

Making Noise was a short film that I produced with Louise Amandes in 2009. We couldn’t have created the film without Mike Todd and the band Phase 3. Mike and his music were the inspiration for the whole thing. Well, Making Noise is also the name of our (still unofficial) production company. It sounds good doesn’t it? Making we are yelling something new for the world to hear.

Creating films is a time consuming hobby and finally, after entering Making Noise into several festivals (and being accepted to a couple of them so far) we are well into pre-production of the next thing.

Here are a couple of storyboards from our next short film. We don’t even have a working title, but are hemming and hawing between “Stuff”, “Luggage”, “Possessions”....nothing quite jingles yet. We are shooting the film on a T2i (DSLR) and expect it to be about 6-10 minutes long. Louise and I worked on the script and the storyboards, but this is all her art and it really captures a rough free style that I hope stays with the production.

The film will take place at my grandmother’s house. My grandmother lived there for nearly 70 years until she died in 2009 at the age of 97. Unfortunately my parents will be selling the property soon (I can’t blame them a bit), but there was just too much good in the house to let it all go away that easily. This will be a rare opportunity to make use of the existing kitsch and incorporate a short story. The best part may be the actress, Peggy, who is about 85 now. She is dynamic and I look forward to working with her on the set when shooting less than two weeks.