I approached the module building fairly confident in my abilities. I’ve written numerous tutorials for my current job over the programs and systems that we use. In fact, it’s one of the more enjoyable duties I have. However, with the tutorials I write for them, I tend to be creating them for one of two use groups: (1) People who are skilled with computers but new to our program or (2) People whose computer skills tend to end with the ability to turn one on. Building a module for a group of people whose skills vary and are unknown to me proved to be a bit challenging.
When I first created the module, I included very detailed instructions in our “Create” section. However, after reading over it, it seemed a bit too much for users who were more advanced. Just as I didn’t want to be too confusing for less skilled users, I also didn’t want to be boring or redundant for advanced users. Trying to find a middle ground involved some work. I eventually was able to create what I hope will be a good module for all users.
This was an excellent lessen in creating for different levels of students. It’s easy to assume that your students posses certain knowledge or don’t, but that assumption isn’t doing you or the students any favors. Knowing what level of students you are teaching beforehand is really helpful, but that isn’t always an option. Finding that balance and remaining open to questions and suggestions is very important.