Ride 2 Work — Corporate Learning Module
Hi again, I’m back. Oh no you say, it’s another long winded blog about learning modules. Don’t worry I’ll try and make it funny!
Once again we’ve been assigned the task of creating a learning module however now that the kiddies are satisfied, we’re out to make one for the adults of the corporate world. Their businesses are participating in the ride so employers want to make sure they know their stuff.
Ride2Work is an Australian program that encourages people of all ages to Ride to Work or School. It’s a national behaviour change program to get people motivated. The aim is to showcase the benefits of riding to work and to move people over the line from thinking about it to doing it.
Obvious benefits of riding to work include it’s cheap, fun, better for the environment and a great way to get fit and destress.
Aim of Learning Module
The aim of the learning module would be to make sure employees are ready and confident to participate. This will include things like do they know what equipment they will need, where the bike paths are, how long it will take etc. Do they know the road rules, do they know what to do if they take a spill etc. They will also need to be able to show they have completed the course successfully and print a certificate enabling participation.
Learning Objectives & Outcomes
Similar to the school program the objectives & outcomes of the course remain as:
* WIFM: This will ensure the rider knows everything that the course brings to them. What they will learn, what the benefits will be, how much of their time it will take and what the reward is at the end.
* Preparation is Key: How to prepare for the big event. Do you know where to ride, where the path is, will it be dark/light, whether the traffic will be light or heavy and is my equipment safe.
* Rules Rule: Let’s all brush up on the road rules, they probably changed since you got a licence and if this is your first real ride on the road what are the difference for bikers compared to drivers.
* Play Nice: Talking about riding etiquette and how to play nice and share the road with drivers, pedestrians and other riders.
* Rider Rights: What to do when something goes wrong, what are your rights as riders and other things you need to know.
After researching riders and people on the roads I decided to go with Linda. Linda is a hipster mum who is into all things retro, loves reading, eating and socialising and wants to ride to keep fit and fit alternative ways of getting to work. She’s very arty and learns well with lots of visuals and pretty things. But, hates wasting time so doesn’t want to learn anything she doesn’t need to know.
I’m going to go with the good old VAK Learning style of Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic. Mainly because I just refreshed on it last week, or the one before. Whichever. It requires an interactive course that will cater to the learning styles in the following way:
Visual Ensure there is plenty of visual interest in the course such as pictures and videos however making sure there isn’t enough to distract them. They like looking at different displays so if there are some statistics or key notes I will make sure they are highlighted differently or in a graph etc.
Auditory This is usually the hardest one to assist especially when it comes to online learning. Perhaps I might do some voice over or listening to videos to break it up and keep their hands busy by clicking and interacting with the pages.
Kinesthetic I think this can be addressed by videos and taking the learners through detailed explanations with diagrams and things like that. Getting them to do the doing when it’s a bicycle course is a little difficult, perhaps there is something already out there I can tap into.
The content I am going to include is split into 4 Modules. Planning, Safety, Etiquette & Rights of Riders.
Planning will include information about the ride, top 10 tips for riders and a bit about knowing where to go perhaps linking to google maps.
Safety will include the rules for bike riders, statistics in my city about serious accidents and fatalities in the past year and information about RACT Bike Assist for those times of need.
Etiquette will be about the rules of riding in bunches and what not to do.
Rights of Riders will include what to do if there is an accident and who to contact.
To present all of this I am thinking of building it like a website however there will be structured navigation through out the course. For interest there will be videos, interactions and a quiz as well as pages with large content will have click for more info, accordians and ways to present that don’t make for idle hands. It will be very pretty and fresh and contain high quality images and a suitable branding consistency.
I have researched both geenio and muse for this training course. At first I was keen on using muse to make it an interactive website without the need to know code however looking more into it I would have needed to embed and import my activities from elsewhere. For example, Qzzr to import a quiz. I then started looking at geenio which is a free online LMS and it allows you to do create the presentation with interaction, specifically a quiz using different question techniques and then publish it as a full online learning module so I think this will be the way to go.
I will be including a few activities but not too many as it’s adult learning. There probably won’t be a game as I know adults hate wasting time playing games unless I can find a really quick easy one that provides some benefit or memory such as a simple memory card game sort of thing. I will include videos and different interactions on pages such as click for more info or light-box slides etc just to keep the hands busy and the minds a bit more interested.
I will be including a quiz at the end of the training session that marks the learners competence and understanding. It will be a range of true/false, watch and record, drag and drop, multiple choice questions. Everything will be black and white with no ambiguity as I really hate that. It will be marked and show results at the end. Users will be able to re-complete the quiz and print a certificate once successfully completed as per instructions.
Well, it’s just me again but fortunately I’m quite competent when it comes to instructional design since I’ve been doing it for quite a few years, not that I’m old or anything. Limitations will be time, it won’t be as awesome as something I’ve produced with weeks prep but it should still be cool for what it is.
Essentially the process I’m going to follow is a very popular and streamlined process of research which I’ve already completely done, story boarding my chosen concept, building my prototype testing the functionality through out to make sure it matches with what I’m going for, finalising the prototype, having it tested, refine it and then launch it for go live.
Concept 1 is sort of a clean crisp modern take on a corporate training template.
You have a banner and links at the top of the course, banner and logo at the bottom and essentially all the content in the middle.
Trying to think of different way to display information, you could simply have multiple version of ‘slide’ layouts:
*Image, content and header.
*Header, teaser, small image and repeat like an Internet page.
*Image, Header and Content again in different positions.
*Header, Buttons/Icons, drop down information.
I would simply rotate these templates depending on the content and ensure imagery was very crisp and inline.
Concept 2 was very much a more website look and feel again, thinking about various templates and what works well I was thinking of a large crisp image as background and then a box over the top of each picture containing the header and content.
I would have the logo and some hyperlinks up the top of the page in contrast with the pictures. Worst case I could actually have them in a header instead of overlapping with the images.
This could be fun but not might not make the most optimal viewing with the opacity level. Will have to think about which one I like the most.
Perhaps I’ll have a play in geenio and see if there are template or existing courses I could go though and see what works best for the design I’m trying to portray.
So I’ve gone with concept 1 which I think lends itself better when more copy is involved and I’ve storyboarded and passed it in so all that’s left to do now is design…
A Style Tile
Using a chrome extension and What the Font? I’ve managed to build a style tile that represents the Bike Network home page. I couldn’t find the exact font so I chose one that blended quite well and was free for private use.
Now it’s time to build, you probably won’t hear from me for awhile haha.
I had a little bit of trouble putting this together in Geenio, user/help videos were quite hard to come by or very very fast so you had to watch three or four times or continually pause. Anyway I got there in the end.
The path that I followed was Title Page > Welcome > Option to do Quiz & Skip Course > Planning Home, links to three separate pages via buttons > Safety > Etiquette > Rights of Riders > End of Module Page > Quiz > Conclusion > Certificate.
In hind sight, this wasn’t the best tool to use for this course. It was barely customisable in the fact I couldn’t use specific fonts, each page had to be reloaded with a colour scheme and you couldn’t include any interactivity such as roll over buttons. That said, it was great for creating a single course and easy to incorporate a high level training path and quiz. Although it’s not what I wanted, I don’t dislike it. It still keeps the Ride 2 Work styling but is a bit more slick. I did get a bit silly in the middle there but everyone has to laugh yeah? ;)
Here’s a video of hubby testing the course in a different room:
Feedback from user was the some of the buttons were a little confusing on the quiz — for example instead of saying submit it said reply. Sadly this was not customisable and could not be changed. Few spelling errors, which is easily rectified. Other than that course was great and looked clean and crisp.
Apart from an obvious few spelling errors here and there, the test was a success. The one main error would be that the video didn’t autoplay so by placing a question in the middle of the video the user clicked next thinking it was the same video as before where in fact it was the second half of the video. I think this could be fixed by simply auto playing the video and not having the user choose. I would have liked to have made the icons on the planning page into buttons in hindsight, even though they wouldn’t be rollover they could fit the style a little more. I would have liked more interactivity however the program didn’t allow hyperlinks or anything so it was hard to build action into pages. Above all though, it ticked the boxes and is done. Woo hoo.
Looking at Budget conclusions, I estimated about 4 hours over the time it took to complete however I didn’t spend as much as I would have liked refining the course as I just ran out of hours and I still need to build a website this week. In the real world I would spend another few hours making sure the course is perfect and slick or might even change platforms half way through if the outcome was going to be better.
I would have used a different piece of software given the choice again however I was lacking in time and just needed to get this out there. I have learnt something new so I’m pleased with that and I’m happy this course is over. Lol. Peace out!