As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. This post includes links on using tech with scenarios: AI, xAPI, and VR. I’ll also share some other AI tools and links on usability, resume tips for teachers, visual language, and a scenario sample.
Tech with scenarios
WordPress plugin for hosting Storyline files on a WordPress site (including using LearnDash) that makes it easier to pass variables between Storyline and WordPress and allows ChatGPT use within Storyline.
Description of the benefits of immersive branching scenarios using VR and comparison with traditional 2D branching scenarios
When it comes to scenario-based VR learning, the branched narrative is veiled behind the presence, immersion, and interaction within the VR environment. The learner may very well be subject to a predefined set of pathways, but because of the experiential nature of VR, these branches may not be as obvious because they’re seamlessly woven into the VR experience.-Kristin Torrence
Twine project that reports to xAPI. This is way more technical than the projects I have done, but they definitely got Twine reporting to an LRS. The files are all available openly, and there’s a wiki explaining the process. The scenario itself is about using ChatGPT for writing multiple choice assessments.
Free transcriptions and SRT closed captions of audio and video files. My quick test from a Zoom recording looked pretty accurate (maybe more accurate than Zoom’s built-in transcription).
This tool uses AI to clean up low resolution images and make high resolution versions of them. You can do a limited number of images each month for free or more with a paid plan.
AI voice generation is an area where new tools keep being released. This is a voice cloning tool where you can copy an existing voice. This would be useful for making revisions if the original voice isn’t available (or just to make changes quickly). You can also change the accent or pitch. Their stated use cases are around prototyping and revisions, not full narration for finished products.
Edit and combine images using AI. Rather than starting from scratch like other AI image tools, with this tool you start with one or more existing images and enhance them with AI. There’s a free account with a large daily image limit, but it says the quality will be limited after the first 50 images. Still, that’s enough to try how it works.
Introduction to usability testing. I’ve used this basic process (especially the “discount usability testing version”), or some adapted version of it, in several organizations. Mostly, I have used this with testing LMSs, but it works well for testing elearning too.
Resume writing tips for teachers
This is a list of specific “before and after” examples of resume improvements for teachers who are transitioning to instructional design.
A lovely chat simulation built in Twine with the Trialogue story format where students can “chat” with characters about their lives in Iron Age and Roman era Scotland, England, and Wales. There’s a teacher’s guide as a supplement for classroom use.
Theory of visual language (h/t Kevin Thorn).
“Visual language research can hopefully provide insights into how we understand, teach, and use drawing and visual narratives…”-Neil Cohn