Tuesday, January 27, 2015

E-Learning Assessment--Finding the Emerald Key, Feedback to Students, Introduction to the Final Assessment Event

As students gather at the statue which looks south out over the river, they notice that there seems to be a line of  three square slots and three circular slots. The slots look like something is meant to fit in the slots. The slots located in the chest are about the size of silver dollars. They have still not found the last glowing clue that would be enough for them to solve the location of the emerald key. Time on this part of the assessment event shows that they have only 30 minutes left to solve this task and decipher the clues. The big question is:

"What do the slots mean and what possibly could fit in them?"


At this point, students have to decide on what approach will yield the most information. For example would it be a good idea to use their wearable technology, take a picture of the statue and then use the web to see if it can be identified? Would it be better to concentrate on the finding out what would fit in the slots? Should they scavenge the immediate environment to see if there are any artifacts that might match the slots or should they take an inventory of what they have gathered on their journey to see if that solves the problem? Is a division of labour the best path to solving the problem?

What skill sets from what disciplines will be needed to solve the challenge?

Hopefully, the student who had taken Path A will remember the coins that he or she stored in his or her backpack from the exploration of the ruins at the start of his or her journey. If these are placed in the right order in the slots a small door opens on the right upper arm and in it is revealed a glowing green artifact with the following symbol on it:
You now have all the clues necessary to decode which country the emerald key is found in but the real question facing the students is what does the code mean? 

"What disciplines are needed to be considered in order to solve this code?"

Also, if you were paying attention there were some additional clues to the location found on Path C.
Go ahead and try to solve it. If you think that you know the answer, post a response on LinkedIn where you will find it posted in the E-Learning 2.0 forum and also in Christopher Pappas Instructional Design and E-Learning Professionals forum. Please include your reasoning for your choice. If you would rather not post to those forums, then you can post a comment in the blog.

In the next section, we will have the solution and the assessment team will be discussed along with an introduction to the new real world scenario.....

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