Immersive Learning Platform
Welcome to ShowHow - your immersive learning experiences platform. ShowHow is a complete cloud platform that includes everything you need to create engaging learning experiences. ShowHow should be used to create short experiential courses that have limited and focused learning objectives. The platform is designed to enable instructional designers, subject matter experts, and others to easily create courses using video, photos, voice, and short text. ShowHow has some similar features to a Learning Management System including learner management and reporting, however, it should not be used to store documentation, presentations, links to other sites, etc. You should use a full LMS if you need features like that.
ShowHow is designed to support course authoring from the planning to the publishing phase. We recommend completing the process as designed (including storyboarding a course before you film anything) however, ShowHow uses Scene Collections for filming and uploading before you plan or storing video or photos to be used in any future courses.
The recommended workflow is:
- Design and plan the course
- Shoot the video/photos
- Upload files to scene collection
- Process and prepare the scenes
- Add scenes and actions to the course
- Publish the course
Courses are short, engaging experiences that are focused on learning objectives. They should aim to take 15 minutes maximum, should be visual and engaging with no long-form text. They do not link to other websites or take the learner out of the experience. They include 360 or standard interactive video and photographs, voice recordings, short text, decisions, answers, and responses. They should be designed around a scenario, putting the learner in an environment or situation and giving them decisions to make with branching to see the impact of those decisions. They can include assessments to demonstrate understanding.
On the Home screen are all the courses in the organization that you can access. Click edit to open then in storyboard mode. If you don't have permission to edit the course you can click view to open the course storyboard mode and preview the course. You can also copy or delete a course from the course menu (…).
You can click create a course to start a new course. This will open the course settings view where you should give the course a unique title and any other details you have at this time. Click Get Started to begin editing. Alternatively, some course templates may be available, if so click a template to create a copy you can edit.
ShowHow keeps content separate from courses so it can be managed, edited, and reused in multiple courses. This also suits the workflow of designing a course, then doing the shoot, then uploading all the content at one time. You can access your collections from both the home screen and the course storyboard editor.
You can upload video or photographs here, or you can also record video from either your device camera or screen recorder. You get the scenes ready to go into courses here, this includes cutting the video to only have the parts you want, setting the initial angle, brightness, and contrast. You should also give the scenes you want to use useful names to find later. Remember - you don't need to edit the videos in other software before uploading unless you are stitching 360 videos.
The heart of ShowHow authoring is the storyboard editor. This is a flow diagram from left to right that links scenes with actions and takes the learner through the learning pathway. From the storyboard editor, you can update course settings, preview, and share the course.
On the left-hand side are the scene and action pallettes. From here you drag in your scenes and actions that make up your course. Each scene or action is linked to the other scenes and actions depending on any choices the learner makes or hotspots they click. You can drag and zoom the storyboard as it expands to view all of the scenes and actions.
Actions are your options for giving learners information, decisions to make, answers to give, multiple choices to get right, and responses with text or audio. Actions can be very simple text boxes, they can also have audio and we recommend having voice recordings to go with instructions to help learners who prefer to hear instructions and give the experience a friendlier feel. Actions can lead to different scenes or other actions depending on the selection or if they are completed successfully or not.
- Instructions: simple text and/or voice to give the learner information, set the scene, or advice on what is happening.
- Decision: Give the learner a range of choices to make a decision that leads to a response or scene. Decisions can be scored and marked correct or incorrect.
- MultiChoice: The learner is given a range of options and must select the correct ones to complete the action.
- Exact answer: The learner must enter some short text or say something to complete the action.
- Response: Give feedback to a selected choice, hotspot, or an answer given with a visual indication of if they got it right. You can also request the learner to record a voice response or enter text to explain their decision or practice how they'd say something.
- Ending: This is the final action in a course to indicate to the learner they have finished and give them any final feedback or score result.
Scene instances are created when you drag a scene from the Scenes palette into the Storyboard. You can edit this instance of the scene by double-clicking on it. Any changes made only affect this scene instance, you can drag in other instances of the same scene for example if you want to play a part of a video, then show something else like some instructions, then play another part of the video. Or you may want to show a different version of the scene depending on a previous decision, that could include a different voiceover or have different hotspots.
You can add instructions to appear at the start of the scene instance and add a task to find hotspots in the scene. You can drag hotspots into the scene from the hotspot palette. These include:
- Markers: These are circles that can have labels to highlight people or things in a scene.
- Directions: Circles with arrows to allow the learner to select a direction and change the scene.
- Posters: Short text to appear in the scene and annotate or highlight something.
- Shape: Draw points around an item or person to make them selectable or findable.
Hotspots can be dragged to move, resized, and rotated to appear more natural in the scene. They can also be set to appear at different times to synchronize with something in the video or audio. They can also link to other scenes or actions in the storyboard editor.
Scene instances can be set to complete in a number of different ways including a ‘continue’ button, waiting for video or audio to finish, reaching a time limit, looking in a direction, or clicking a hotspot.
Once you are ready to publish your course, you use the sharing features to distribute your course to learners.
From here you have a few options:
- Individual: Invite a learner that already exists in the system to use the course, or create a new learner by entering their email address. They'll get an email with an invite link to the course without needing to log in.
- Groups: You can add learners to groups, i.e. by a role in the organization or seniority. You can then give that group access to the course. All members of the group are notified when they can get access with a link to take the course.
- Systems: These are integrations with your wider learning world where you can add permissions for new learners to access the course. System permissions can be removed if you don't want the course to be accessible that way.
- Public URL: This creates a unique weblink that you can use via email, on a website, on social media, or where ever you want. When learners access this link they are asked to enter an email so they can be tracked.
- SCORM: You can create a SCORM package with the media files embedded and/or the course data if you require. The SCORM package is downloaded to your computer, you then upload it to your LMS to allow learners to access it. When the learner completes the course, the LMS is notified. Reporting data is stored in ShowHow using the Learner ID and email address if we have it.
You can invite other authors within your organization to edit or administer your course. You can also invite someone new to become an author. These authors have the following options:
- Edit: Authors can edit the course, add and remove scenes or actions.
- Admin: Authors can edit the course and add or remove other author permissions to the course, invite learners, etc. If they have an administrator license they can also publish the course to the LMS or share a public URL.
If you want to invite someone from outside of your organization to use your course, you can send them a copy invite. This will give them a link to sign up to ShowHow as an author if they do not have an account, or if they do it will allow them to view the course and create a copy in their account.
There are 2 ways to view reports on courses:
- Course Report: From the storyboard editor you can click the Course Report button to show the data on the storyboard. This tells you how many times an action was attempted or a scene view. It shows you the average progress, so you can see where learners tend to get stuck. You can see which choices get selected or hotspots found. This report is to help you improve the course, identify weaknesses, and ensure the course is helping you meet learning objectives. You can also export this report as a PDF to print and take to meetings etc to discuss progress.
- Learner Report: From the home screen you can access the individual learner reports. Here you can see what a learner did in the course, how long they took, the answers they gave and the choices they made, etc. You can hear any voice recordings or read and responses they may have left.