Prototyping tools

In the MOOC delivered by the Open Learning Design Studio focusing on 21st Century Curriculum we explored tools to design a prototype of a technology-based element to learning, such as activity, LMS, etc.

The main reason to produce a prototype is to display to your team and stakeholders the intent and layout of the future technical and interactive product. It was emphasized that small mistakes in the beginning of a development could be quite costly later on. As well, it is hard to share ideas about the experience in a media-rich setting without visual explanation of the layered functions of an interactive piece.

I played with a PowerPoint to represent an interactive activity for learners to discover the best way to configure IV pumps on an IV pole, considering the weight of the equipment and design of its functions. See below.

Note: Now that I’ve made the interactive piece, I could have added more to this prototype as I did not have the configurations correctly outlined. However, my team (content providers and client) understood what I was going to build.

Other prototype tools that looked promising are balsamiq and guidance from elearning blueprint





  • Diana Laurillard February 15, 2013, 2:49 pm

    Very clear design for a programmer to follow, Kelly. Would it also be feasible to get the diagram to show what would happen if you did put a pump in the wrong place? would it collapse, or something you could show? It may be that an interesting result of a wrong position would encourage students to go for the wrong answer, of course, but that’s still something you need to know, after all, what happens when you get it wrong. Or at least give a description, and not just the pump returning to its place. More memorable perhaps?

    • edmusings February 18, 2013, 5:17 pm

      Diana, great idea to show the consequences of stacking the pumps incorrectly. It could be something simple like a picture of the pole falling over or a warning the tubing can’t reach where the pump was incorrectly placed.

      Thanks for the input!

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