Branching allows users to have a unique experience based on their interaction within an activity. It is a great way to simulate decision-making scenarios of real life events. In today’s post, I’m going to discuss techniques for designing branching exercises and suggest a few activities in Moodle to use for building them.
Building the Exercise in Moodle
Once you finish designing the activity, you are ready to build it. This is when your scenario will come to life. Two of my favorite activities in Moodle are Lesson and SCORM. Both are excellent choices for adding branching into your online course. Let’s take a look at each of them.
The Lesson activity allows you to create question pages with automated feedback, and you can use it to remediate or incorporate conditional branching. Let’s say you want to make a scenario in your course so that students can apply a concept covered in the current week’s lesson plan. You would start by creating a Lesson activity. Then, you would provide the students with the scenario and question. Each time the student answers the question it will branch/jump them to a different page in the lesson, each having its own result. This means there will be multiple learning paths.
When using the Lesson activity in Moodle:
- Hide the lesson menu on your pages. This will completely immerse the students into the activity and force them to make decisions, rather than jumping to different pages using the menu.
- Enable a time limit when timing is critical to complete the exercise. It can also make the activity feel more like a game, which can add a level of engagement.
- Display the progress bar to students if you want them to know how they are progressing.
- Allow retakes so that students can try again, experience the different paths, and learn from their mistakes.
Via Miloš Bajčetić, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD