Remediation Challenge: Adjusting an Instructional Guide

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Intro

For this week’s remediation challenge, I chose to take an “Accudemia Guide” I compiled for my work team and turn it into a more visually appealing PowerPoint presentation. Accudemia is a scheduling software that the tutors and advisors I work with use to keep track of their appointment attendance and write notes on how their sessions with students went.

The original Accudemia guide I made is a simple word document with the steps written out. It does include screenshots of the necessary steps to perform the tasks, so the document was already somewhat multimodal. However, it was not very visually appealing, and there were not any interactive elements in the document.

My reasoning for making a presentation was that it would present the material in a more visually appealing way, and it would allow me to include interactive elements.

Goals: Interactivity and Appeal

To achieve this on each slide, I wrote out the steps to be performed, included screenshots of how the page will appear straight from Accudemia, and I included recorded video options that viewers could watch to see the steps performed. The format of the presentation is a slide with the written steps and screenshots followed by a slide with the video of the step being performed.

I kept the written steps brief, but clear, and I made sure the text was large and obvious to allow for quicker consumption of the material and to bring the viewer’s eye to the most important information. The video slides are each titled “Watch this Step” and present the viewer with the option to play the video or move on to the next written step.

I determined that a video option could be helpful to the tutors and advisors because they could see exactly how to get from one step to the next more clearly. I hoped this would be less confusing for some of them, and I thought videos would be quicker and less daunting than a bland word document with boring steps written out for them to follow. And for some, including myself, seeing the steps performed is more effective than just reading about the steps.

The presentation format also allows for additional interactivity since viewers can click to advance to the next slide, and they can choose when to play and pause the videos. They can also play the videos as many times as they need as they perform the step along with the guide. This gives the viewers a sense of control over the material, and my hope is that this leads to better engagement on the tutor/advisor side and helps them remember the steps to perform the tasks properly.

Benefits

The main benefit of this remediation is that it presents the same information in different ways to appeal to the various learning styles of the potential viewers. Some may prefer the written steps, and some may prefer the video option, while others may benefit from having both to refer to if they get stuck on any of the steps. Another benefit is that requiring the user to click to advance to the next slide creates a better sense of engagement than the original document.

Elaine Streeter

Elaine Streeter

Elaine is a creative and professional writer based in Columbus, GA.