What Are Interactive Learning Objects?
Interactive learning objects are standalone items of content that can be included in your online course enabling students to engage with your content at their own pace.
An interactive learning object can be a simple as taking an existing PowerPoint slide and turning it into a really useful content item. It can include quizzes, interactions, simulations or custom content.
Quizzes can either be graded or surveys and can include an array of question types such as true/false, multiple choice, multiple response, matching (drag and drop), fill in the blank, likert scale, etc. Students can get immediate feedback during or at the end of the quiz, can view/review results and retake the quiz if allowed.
Interactions can take the form of a list of FAQs, a timeline, an interactive book or a directory. Although these are the primary styles of interaction, they can be adapted to suit may different content styles. For example, we have adapted a timeline interaction to make a Meet the Team page.
Simulations can be used as a guided tutorial, you can suggest different options and based on the response given, the student is taken down a different path.
We currently use two authoring tools to create interactive learning objects called iSpring and Storyline.
Developed for undergraduate Pharmacy students, each section starts with a short introductory video followed by a series of narrated worked examples and a number of practice questions. Navigation was designed so students could search for specific types of calculations they were having difficulty with.
Quality in Qualitative Research
This self-contained interactive workbook built with the Storyline software was created for Health Sciences. It features many interactive elements with drag and drop activities which allows students to work through the sections and complete the learning consolidation activities at their own pace.
Psychology Research Design and Analysis
The focus on this content created for the School of Psychology was consistency and clarity through the course. The structure includes an introduction, how to navigate, aim and learning outcomes followed by key points at the end along with a feedback survey and quiz content.
Online Decision Tool Algorithm
This online decision-making tool built using Storyline was originally created as a concept for the Medical School. It utilises a series of layers and hotspots to create a timeline-like look with hover and zooming used to deliver the required result. Storyline is particularly suited to creating more complex interactions.