Death Investigation Online

Project: Death Investigation Online

Client: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Tool: Lectora Inspire

Project Description

Death Investigation Online was a course converted from one of the popular face-to-face courses into an asychronous online course using Moodle and Lectora Inspire. This course has become one of the most successful courses in the Public Safety and Security division, gaining 4,000 registrants within six months of its release.

During the development of this course, I was able to more fully realize some of the best-practices of course design. An overarching murder case with the participants as the death investigator put all of the lessons in context, allowing participants to apply their new knowledge to different case-related problems. Page-turning text slides were reduced in favor of a variety of interactive challenges. However, help remained available in the form of a contextual death investigation guide and cumulative field notes journal that kept tabs on the case. Feedback was also enhanced to make it intrinsic, offering realistic consequences for their actions on the case.

Exemplar module title screen in the Death Investigation Online course.

Realistic activity of a presumptive blood test on blood spatter found at the scene

NA contamination activity with intrinsic feedback

Cumulative Field notes journal display