Cutout People

Guest blog post by Polina Khizhnyak. Polina Khizhnyak is the Marketing Manager of iSpring Solutions, Inc.

Adding characters in different poses is a great way to introduce eLearning games into your course or quiz. Rather than just information on a slide, your learners will feel like they’re interacting with a person and thus be more motivated to learn the material. Here’s how to do it with iSpring Suite:

1. Create a new slide in your presentation where you would like to insert a quiz. Go to the iSpring Suite tab and click on the Quiz button.
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2. Once you create your questions in QuizMaker, you can insert some characters in Slide View mode.
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3. On the Slide View toolbar, go to Insert → Character and choose your character and pose from the collection.
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Note: These gamified characters are not found in iSpring’s default Character Library. If you’d like to increase your character collection, check out the eLearning Brothers’ Cutout People and use iSpring’s Character Wizard to add them.

Here’s where we get to the gamification part. I’ve chosen three types of characters: an ally, an enemy, and a mansel in distress (the “damsel in distress” trope seemed overplayed). I call him Jimmy.
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4. Here in Slide View mode, you can rearrange the elements on the slide: the question text, the answer choices, the equation (in this example), and the character. Once you’re done, click Save & Close.
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5. Now you’ll need to create two info slides: one for victory and one for defeat. (Hint: You may prefer to organize your info slides into a separate Question Group for easy access.)
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6. For your victory and defeat slides, enter some text and then insert your character in an appropriate pose. You can either do it via Slide View as above, or if you have access to the pictures, you can just put it directly on the slide using the Picture tab.
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7. Now, you can set up a branching scenario for correct and incorrect answers. Go to Feedback and Branching under your question, enable branching By Question, and then select your info slides from the dropdown menus.

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8. On your info slides, go to Feedback and Branching again and make sure they don’t lead into blind corners. It’s a good idea to branch them both to the next question. If you really want to make it interesting, you can even create a whole new scenario with whole new questions for wrong answers.

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And there you are! Now you have a whole scenario for our friend Jimmy. This “mansel in distress” character turns what would otherwise be a dry geometry quiz into the realm of actual eLearning games.

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Here are a couple more ideas for gamified characters to encourage your learners:

Ally:

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Enemy:

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Of course, these are just a couple of typical character types (NPCs) you might find in a game, but the sky’s the limit! You can use your imagination to come up with intricate storylines that weave through your course, guided by engaging characters which capture your users’ attention and invest them in absorbing the material more fully.

Hope you found this tutorial interesting and helpful! Got any more ideas for gamifying characters for eLearning games? Share them in the comments below!

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