Random Thoughts on Instructional Design
As defined on the Hot Potatoes website “Quandary is an application for creating Web-based Action Mazes. An Action Maze is a kind of interactive case-study; the user is presented with a situation, and a number of choices as to a course of action to deal with it.”
The free downloadable version of Quandary only allows for 12 decision items, but this is certainly enough to build a simple “Action Maze.” Simple branching logic is used to create the Quandary. HTML code, embedded YouTube videos, Flash movies, and images can all be added within Quandary making it a great way to integrate multimedia into learning. The program is easy to use, but it is helpful to have some type of mind map or storyboard in place to help design the logic. Each logic string that is presented needs to have a resolution within the program. With only 12 decision items available in the free version it really forces the creator of the interaction to focus. Quandary exports as HTML and can be loaded into Blackboard, onto a CD, or up on a website.
Quandary can be used by faculty or by students to develop problem solving, diagnostic, and other decision making activities. Tutorials, directional stories, and even interactive presentations could also be designed in Quandary.