Now that you have the foundations of your first template created, the next step is to focus on Elements. This could take some time to explain, so get comfortable!
First, if you’re not already logged into eWalk, do so now. If you’re indeed already logged in, then you’re already one step ahead.
When it comes to Elements, there may be some pre-built ones available to you. However, if there are none, then I will show you how to go about creating a simple one in hopes that you will be able to build upon it and create an element to suit your walkthrough/observation needs.
The first step is to go to eWalk’s home page, click ‘Build’ and then click ‘Elements’. This will put you into the element creation page, where you can create the name of the element, and choose what type of element you want.
- To do this, click on the pull down menu at the top of the page beside the ‘New’ button,
- This menu displays the many different types of element styles you can choose,
- Let’s choose ‘Manual Number Input’ and name it something like “Number of times out of seat”. This is a practice round, so when you go to do this for real, name it whatever you’d like. In a real setting, this element would focus on allowing you to input how many times a child leaves their seat while you are doing an observation,
- This is a simple element to create and use, but it is very useful.
We’ll go over one more element to create, then you should be ready to fiddle around as much as you like and create the elements you need.
- Click on the aforementioned pull-down menu and select ‘Checkbox’. Name it “Using engaging strategies” for now, or something you will remember,
- We’re done with this area for this tutorial, so go to the top of the page and click on the ‘Templates’ tab,
- Click on the template you created in Part 2 because it is time to add some elements to it,
- Once you’re back on your template creation page, click on the tab at the top named ‘Manage Elements’,
- Find your element ‘Number of times out of seat’, and click the green + (plus) icon to add this element to your template,
- Then locate your element ‘Using engaging strategies’ and add it to the template as well,
- You’ll notice that each element, after adding it to your template, contains 7 options provided by ‘pull-down’ menus.
There are options to:
- ‘Assign Checklist’, which is something I addressed in Part 3 of this blog series,
- ‘Media Capture’, used to add pictures or video to this element if it is necessary for your walkthrough,
- ‘Editable by’, to set the rules on who is able to edit the information from this element,
- ‘Note / Timeline’ allows a text area to be added for note taking purposes. Additionally, the other option is to allow the note area and an accompanying timeline for further information taking purposes,
- ‘Required on’ gives the options to set whether or not the element is a mandatory item. To explain this further, I’ll first go over the three settings, which are: ‘Not Required’, ‘Saving’, and ‘Signature’. ‘Not Required’ means that the element can be skipped, left empty etc. it does not have to be addressed before completion of your observation. Having ‘Saving’ or ‘Signature’ selected makes the element mandatory and therefore it must be filled out before you are able to save or sign it, depending on your selection of course,
- ‘Response Dialogue’, used when conducting an observation on a particular person. It’s an area the subject can use to add their response to the data taken by the observer with this element. A response by the observer can be added here as well,
- ‘Element History’ is used to show the data taken with this element from previous observations. This can show the observer previous data from the same subject individual for example.
Choose the options that are necessary for your walkthrough and continue onto the next step.
- Make sure you’re saving your work by clicking the ‘Save’ button in the top left corner of the page,
- Your template now has 2 elements, and is ready for your first mock walkthrough.
These instructions will set up a beginner’s template for you to use for a simple walkthrough. Essentially, this series has provided you with the foundation to start your own template that will suit all of your observation needs.
If you would like more information on how to set up your template, I encourage you to click on the following link:
Or simply contact us, we can help you with any of your template needs.
Other Articles in the eWalk Beginner Series:
Check back soon for Part 5, Performing a Walkthrough/Observation.