Creating Filters, Value Lists and Checklist are very important to your template creation and it can take some time to explain each one properly. Therefore I have devoted an entire article to discussing these three features.
Creating a Value List
When creating your filter, one of the things you will notice is that you must insert a value list. Therefore, before I explain how to go about creating a filter, I will be teaching you how to create a Value List.
After you click ‘Build‘ and then ‘Template‘ in eWalk’s main screen, you will see 4 tabs at the top of the screen. The Value Lists editor is the furthest to the right.
Open it up and click on the ‘New‘ button to begin creating your value list. For this example, let’s create a value list that will represent the grade you will be focusing on for your template.
Under ‘Value List Name‘, you would write ‘Grade‘, then under ‘Value List Items‘ you will see a drop down tab called “Populate this value list content by making a copy of an existing value list”. If you have a previously made value list that is similar to the one you are about to create, then this would be useful for you. But right now, skip this because we are making a list from scratch.
Click the text box entitled ‘Enter new item name‘, write ‘1’, then click ‘Add‘. Continue with ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’… until you have all the grades in your school accounted for.
Click ‘Save and Close‘, to close the value list that you have just created. Another simple idea is to create a ‘Subject‘ value list, then insert all of the subjects into this list, I will discuss how to insert these two value lists into your filters. Value lists do not follow a strict guideline and can essentially be customized to contain anything you need.
Creating a Filter
Now that your value lists are complete, you can move on to creating a filter. If you remember from Part 2 of this series, the Filter creator is found in the Template editor section of eWalk.
Creating and implementing filters is an important step in the creation of templates as it often defines the focus of the walkthrough.
Continuing with what we created for our value list above, select ‘Value List’ from the top menu under Filter 1. Choose ‘Grade’ for filter #1 and ’Subject’ for filter #2 under the value list pull downs. You can select default values as well, and if you notice in the image below, I chose ‘8’ and ‘History’, which correlates to Grade 8 History. You are able to play around with all of these settings to suit your specific needs for your walkthrough.
You can see now why the value list is so important to the creation of a filter, and in turn why a filter is an important aspect of the template.
Creating a Checklist
Moving on to the third segment, we will delve into the creation of a Checklist. In the main eWalk page, select ‘Build‘, then ‘Template‘ and finally click on the ‘Checklists’ tab at the top. This will put you in the checklist editing page. To create a new checklist, click on the ‘New’ button, this will open up a new window.
Here you can name the checklist, create a description and begin to populate the list itself with content.
Under ‘Checklist Content’, you can just paste another pre made checklist onto this one by selecting the pull down menu, and selecting the already built checklist you want to make a copy of.
For this tutorial, let’s start from scratch and forego any copying. You will need an idea of what purpose you want your checklist to provide before adding any content. With this checklist, I will be designing it to provide answers to questions that would be posed in a generic walk-through.
To enter a new checklist item, type in the text box what you would like the first entry in the checklist to read. Here’s an example: We’ll say that the first question posed asks “Technology available to students in the classroom”, a simple but relatively important query. There may be many questions that can be answered as simply as this one. For a question such as this, my checklist example will contain the following field:
- Wireless Network
Your list can be suited to your needs as there can be a greater amount of selections than shown above. Now, when you have to answer the statement “Technology available to students in the classroom”, you can answer it with selections from the checklist.
If you want the ability to elaborate on your selection from the checklist during a walk-through, be sure to enable a text field. Going back to our checklist we created above, an ‘Other’ option can be added and the notepad will be used to explain what ‘Other’ means.
As you can see, checklists make it easier for the observer to answer questions posed on the walkthrough.
The next major step towards completing your template is the addition of elements. These elements will act as the questions for your walkthrough and I will be discussing how to add them to your template in Part 4 of the eWalk Beginner Series.
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