After publishing the post about the Types of Characters used in e-learning, I found this topic so interesting, that I decided to go deeper, writing a second part about the roles of the characters used in an online course.
I searched the web and after reading some posts about this topic, I came to the conclusion Characters are commonly used in 6 ways that can be grouped in two categories:
To illustrate the content: Characters are integrated in the content, representing real and abstract concepts, and being part of scenarios and stories.
As social actors: Characters interact directly with the learners, providing guidance and support.
Find more details in this video, which I created with Powtoon.
No matter whether Characters are cartoons, photos , or even live actors, integrating them in a course can add value to the learning experience.
ATD Blog. Avatars in e-Learning by Vanessa Bailey
Learning Solutions Magazine. Animated Characters in e-Learning: the benefits of social roles by Audrey Dalton
E-learningArt Blog: Use conversations to deliver eLearning content by B. Jones
eLearning Industry Articles: 6 tips to create Characters in eLearning by Henson Gawliu
De Vries, J. (2004) Character-Based simulations: What Works. Bersin & Associates
Images used in this video:
- Male body infographic by Vector Open Stock. CC BY 3.0
- Get rid of a stiff neck by Wikihow CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
- Free Photographic Characters by ElearningArt and Elearning.Net
- Free people image by Photol