Tuesday, January 20, 2015

E-Learning Assessment--The Search For the Emerald Key--Path C--Human Contact & Challenges

With two subplots unfolding on Paths  A&B, we turn our attention to Path C and the challenges that await.

As the team member starts down Path C, the forests change from jungle to sparse trees and grassland. As he or she progresses into this area, he or she notices a pale yellow liquid dripping out of a hole in one of the tree trunks. It looks like honey but is it?

Challenge #1:  The team member is hungry but is this yellow liquid safe to eat or could it cause him or her serious harm or even death? Uncertain, the first step is to use a small sample bottle that he or she has in his or her backpack and fill it up with a sample of the liquid.

Challenge #2: As the team member continues on the path, he or she comes into a clearing and is amazed at what he or she sees. In the clearing is a grave with a cross marking it, an old wooden chest and a tall man standing next to a campfire. Behind the man, a few feet away, is a cave set inside a mountain. As you cautiously approach the man, you notice that he is tall and has tattoos on his face.


You notice that in his hand he has a walking stick that has symbols etched into it similar to the ones on the gate that you came through.

As you approach him, he becomes agitated and starts to make bird sounds that are similar to some of the birds that you have come across on your journey. There are other odd things about the clearing. What is the connection of the grave site which has a cross to this man who appears to be a primitive man in nature and behavior? There are two challenges here. The first is to find a way to communicate with him and the second is to try to gain his trust enough that you can deduce what the artifacts mean and especially the symbols that are carved on his walking stick.

Question: "What skill sets are required to analyze the problems presented and where will the solutions be drawn from?"

As the man calms and looks at you intently, he uses his walking stick to draw something in the dirt. It looks like the wooden chest but beside it he draws the following symbol:

His eyes grow wide with fear as he points to the chest and he starts to make a variety of bird sounds. There seems to be a pattern to variation in the sounds he makes.

How do you find out what the pattern means? 

As you try to get close to the chest he beats his stick and makes the sound that resembles that of a hawk.


You decide to try and get his reaction to the other artifacts in the clearing, so you start to draw a picture of the grave marker. Upon seeing it, he starts to make a sound that resembles the sound of a dove. Then you remember the liquid you found in the tree and you take it out and place some on a piece of bark. The man makes the sound of a dove again and places his finger in it and puts his finger in his mouth. Next you draw a picture of the cave behind him, he looks surprised and makes a sweeping motion with his left arm in a direction from west to east. He then bends down and draws a curving line from west to east.

You feel that you are finally getting somewhere with him when all of a sudden the emergency beacon goes off indicating that your team mate on Path A is in trouble.

Challenge: What do you do? You take a picture of the symbol that the man drew in the dirt because you think that it might be important. You have just discovered this man and these artifacts that have a story to them but if you respond to the emergency then you might lose what you have found. Perhaps now is a good time to check in with your team mate who is on Path B for advice?

As you leave, the man once again makes a sweeping motion with his arm and points to the cave. You decide to go into the cave and what you find is a back entrance that leads to a path that runs from west to east along a ravine that has a fast moving river. You start running along the path to your team mate on Path A who is in trouble.....

Next.....Together again to meet new challenges

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