The Fingerprint Comparison course is the first step for a planned print examination certificate in TEEX’s forensic program. While most of the courses I developed at TEEX were what I like to call “long-form” courses, consisting of 5 or more modules and translating into about 40 hours of credit time, this course is the shortest I’ve done so far at only 16 hours and 5 short modules. It’s also had the shortest turn-around time at about a month. As you can imagine, that presented some difficulties and little time for experimentation with new design methodologies, however, using my newly learned approach to kickoff meetings, working with the SME and creating content and layout was a dream!
The project was also not without some small creative touches. Firstly, it was the first project I had worked on where we had been able to use a practical, skills-based assessment instead of a multiple choice test, which is so amazing! So instead of memorizing facts about fingerprint comparison, users go through a series of smaller try-it exercises as well as a story-based case file where they go through the entire fingerprint comparison process and get in-depth feedback. Then, for their final grade, they must complete the process for another case file, without the previous scaffolding.
The other (last minute!) breakthrough came when our alpha testers reiterated something that had been on the table since the kickoff: participants really needed to be able to mark up prints on the screen in order to really do their best at the comparison process. Looking purely at what Lectora offered, I hadn’t thought this was possible, but as I continue on my journey to learn front-end developer skills, I thought of turning to jQuery for a solution and found one, which I implemented the same day! It was really a testament to how much I’ve learned.