A single effective tutorial can be the difference between well-trained, competent and efficient staff or a workforce that puts themselves, other team members and even customers and clients at risk.
In high pressure environments with a significant amount of personal responsibility put upon the trainers, it can be difficult to know exactly how to create effective tutorials.
There is, however, a solution: SimTutor. In the following article, we’ll show you some of the most common steps that are used in the app and how they can be applied to improve your training materials.
A cover step is quite simple: it allows you to display a still image to the learner; whether that’s an image of some text, a photo, a graph, a diagram, or anything similar. In many ways, it is similar to a slide in a PowerPoint presentation.
Recommended uses include:
Our recommendation is to combine a static image and some text to explain what the simulation is going to be showing the learner at each significant point in the presentation.
A hotspot step is, in essence, an interactive image where the learner must select a correct portion of the screen (the “hotspot”) to move forward.
Note that there can be multiple hotspots on a single image, each with different functions, allowing for multiple objects to be selected.
In the image on the right, certain knobs are the correct, clickable hotspots.
These steps can be used in the following ways:
Asking the learner to identify the correct object (or part of an object).
The simulation of interacting with an object or machine in a certain order.
Menu steps allowing users to navigate from different areas of the screen.
- Simulating the use of software programs.
The hotspot step is easily one of the most flexible features of the SimTutor platform, and these are just a few of the functions. Feel free to get creative.
Trainees must click on the 'hotspot' to select the correct answer/s to a question.
A video step is used to display a video (an MP4 or mov) to the learner.
These steps are typically used to:
Present learning information that requires motion to be understood.
Demonstrate the results of the learner’s action.
Create transitions between sections.
Our recommendation is to use a video step after a hotspot or quiz step, as it shows the user what the correct answer looks like in reality. Note that videos can be digital animations as well as real-life footage.
SimTutor also includes a basic video editor that allows you to cut and trim video as well as take screenshots. For more advanced editing, use a third party program such as Adobe Premiere Pro or iMovie and export the project as a supported video file, then upload as normal.
A quiz step is self-explanatory: it’s a section of the simulation that is used to test the learner’s knowledge. If they pass the quiz, they continue on to the next step.
However, there is quite a lot of nuance in terms of the style of quiz that can be used. This includes:
A set of multi-choice
A multiple correct answer multi-choice question.
A drag-able list of answers to be put in the correct order.
Decision-making scenarios enabling the learner to decide what comes next.
Branching questions and answers.
These can be as simple or as complex as you need them to be.
Our recommendation is to use these quiz steps at the conclusion of a sim, at the very least, or better yet regularly at the end of each section. These quizzes help to reinforce the learnings that have been provided so far.