I have just finished producing a short manual “Guerra Scale and Moodle” after coming a across a short article by ASTD “The Guerra Scale”” by Tim Guerra & Dan Heffernan http://www.astd.org/LC/2004/0304_guerra.htm . This got me thinking about linking their concept with Moodle.
The basic concept behind the Guerras Scale is the scale outlines the range of content that can be found and used online. It is a scale of one to ten with an increase in interactivity, in which one involves the common experience of simply reading notes/text on screen and ten which denotes total virtual reality.
Each step up the scale “represents an increase in complexity, functionality, development time, demands for programming skill, demands for instructions design versatility, and demands for more patience and attention from subject matter experts. http://www.astd.org/LC/2004/0304_guerra.htm
Guerra Scale Characteristics
• GS1 is a simple PDF file document.
• GS2 is what many folks in the industry deem a page turner.
• GS3 adds what we refer to as dynamic feedback to tests.
• GS4 integrates movement to the text and graphics.
• GS5 adds elements of multimedia, including audio and static or moving graphics.
• GS6 enables users to input information, which results in a printable workbook after completion of the module.
• GS7 provides users with a knowledge repository in a number of possible ways.
• GS8 adds realistic simulations that use a branching methodology
• GS9 adds real life coaching from top performers and managers.(Role Playing)
• GS10 virtual reality simulations.
Application to Moodle
The table below indicates how a typical Moodle course could be designed to maintain student engagement based on Guerra Scale.
Guerra and Hefferman refer to a zone between GS4 (Guerra’s Scale) and GS7 as the “MTV Culture”; studies indicate that to maintain learners level of engagement it was advisable to place activities and sub activities within this zone ie:-
• Motion (in text, powerpoint etc)
• Multimedia (Video, static photos, audio)
• user input workbook (printable at end)
• and knowledge repository (communities (Wiki, Blog, Twitter)
Question for thought
Guerra Scale was first published in 2004, with computer technology and the advent of mobile learning maybe we should be considering how and where the following aspects could be integrated into Guerra Scale.
• Where does Augmented reality fit?
• Where does social networking fit in?
The Guerra Scale Tim Guerra & Dan Heffernan http://www.astd.org/LC/2004/0304_guerra.htm
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