We get some really great questions every time we do a webinar. Our recent one – on the power of gomo as an authoring tool – was no exception.
So what better way to share these insights than gomo’s MD, Mike Alcock, answering burning questions on all things gomo?
Question 1: Anything goes
Can I embed other things besides video in the gomo iFrame, like games, 3D renderings and surveys?
Mike: You can indeed. We do this all the time. Basically anything that can run on the internet can generally go through the iFrame. So we’ve brought in things like Adobe Edge animations, H5P games, Google Street View, Google Maps, other websites…
The only caveat we say with this is make sure that whatever you’re putting in there is responsive. So if you put something non-responsive in, like a storyline object, it will generally compromise the experience because you’ll end up with scroll bars or it will fail to deploy properly.
We’re particularly proud of gomo’s responsiveness. We’ve designed gomo with a multi-platform, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach in mind. So whether you’re viewing the learning material on a desktop PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone, it’ll automatically adjust for the best user experience (UX) possible. That means no scrolling across a screen to awkwardly read text or clickable buttons being too small to press. No matter how your learners are accessing your material, content will always be easy to read.
Question 2: Quick ways to change a course
Can you change the structure of a course after it has been created?
Mike: Yes, you can. A lot of people are liking gomo for this very capability. The gomo page layout capabilities are effectively free-form. We do have predefined layouts as per the screen below. This is a quick and easy way to get started. So if I want text and graphic with the image on the left I can pick that template and it’ll build a slide with the title, an image placeholder and the text on the left. Once you’ve built these things, you can add anything else to your heart’s content. You’re not stuck with the view that gomo first gives you. If I want to move an image, I can just drag it around. If I want to add a video, I can add it in. All the elements can be put anywhere on the screen. Templates get you started with a quick and easy way to build things but you’ve got unlimited design flexibility once you get going.
gomo’s design customization easily allows you to make your content beautifully bespoke. And there’s more: gomo has a large library of customizable themes that are updated regularly, so with a few simple clicks, you can easily refresh the look of your learning material.
Question 3: Question banks
Does gomo have question banks for creating assessments?
Mike: We do indeed and that’s actually very timely because that’s a brand-new capability – question banks and randomizations in gomo. That’s something that a number of customers have been asking about for awhile. For such a complex piece of technology, it’s generally straightforward for people to use. We have a special topic called a content bank. You can create five content banks and each of those could contain say 10 questions. You’ve now got five blocks of 10 questions – 50 questions in total and then you’ll have a special gomo page that can play them back. And you can say ‘Well, I’ll have three questions from question bank one, 10 from question bank two, four from question bank three and while you’re at it, randomize them all as well’. That’s now fully supported in gomo.
When it comes to monitoring whether learners have truly absorbed and understood the learning material, dynamic assessments will always better than static ones. With static assessments, learners can copy answers from their peers or, if they’re completing an assessment multiple times, they may memorize the answers based on their order in the questions. gomo’s randomization in the question banks means that people can’t sit next to each other and copy answers and if you re-sit, you see completely different questions.
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