When I started looking through some of the suggested resources for the e-Learning Heroes Weekly Challenge #55, I became quite overwhelmed with the confronting images I was being presented with.
Whilst none of us could or should deny that this situation is horrific, for this challenge I chose to focus on a side of the situation which I think is extremely important – how we talk to our children about these types of situations.
The challenge was “to design a learning interaction around the Ebola outbreak”. Initially I was unfamiliar with the term “rapid response”, but had a basic understand of how important training is in preparation for emergency situations. In particular, I wholeheartedly agree that education and training for developing countries is undoubtedly absolutely worthwhile. As someone who had not paid particular attention to all of the details of the Ebola crisis, this challenge was also an opportunity for me to educate myself on what was happening on a global level.
My research into the Ebola crisis in preparation for this project has led me to another side to this whole situation and I wanted to convey this in my design. The resources I chose to base my design on were aimed at “parents, educators and caregivers”. In selecting the images for my design I chose to focus predominantly on the less sensationalistic side. I wanted to avoid any medical-type images, or images that suggested that this crisis was just about people dying and the hopelessness of the situation. I based the slide background colour and black text design on an image I had come across when searching for Ebola images and chose to use minimal animation as I wanted the impact of the message to be the focus. I also chose not to add any background music as I thought this may have been distracting and detracted from the impact of the images and message.
I created the interaction in Articulate Storyline using seven slides. The interactive element was created using slide layers with a basic fade transition as opposed to the “cover left” transition I used between the introductory and conclusion slides. Maintaining consistency throughout a project is always a focus for me – using the same types of pictures, the same fonts and the same type of layout, with just enough variation to tell the story and incorporate the interactive elements.
I chose not to provide any instructions on the interaction as I thought this would have detracted from the impact of the message. The inclusion of the information markers throughout the interactive slides was an extra element I felt added to the engagement of the design and by incorporating factual content I felt this also added to the authenticity of the message. Lastly, I worked with the images a little to blur the background and put focus on the faces of the children.
By choosing images of children that have been affected by this crisis, I felt the final learning interaction would be more engaging and have more of an impact. My goal in the design was to convey the message that it is really important we talk to our children about situations such as the Ebola crisis, give them all the facts, but also let them know that the situation is not hopeless, that things are being done and that by taking an interest in global situations such as the Ebola crisis they they can build their own sense of global citizenship.