Creating Quest Content in Stages #

Stages are the building blocks of a quest. They organize the quest into sections that can be completed sequentially. Each stage contains several components:

  1. Stage Heading: This is the title for the stage. It should be indicative of the stage’s content or the task at hand.
  2. Content: Here you can embed content directly into the stage. By simply placing a URL on its own line, content from various platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, and many social media sites can be embedded directly into the quest.
  3. Check for Understanding: After the content, you can implement a check for understanding to ensure engagement and comprehension.
    • Instructions: Separate from the content, instructions provide guidance on what the participant needs to do next. Think of it as the directions on a worksheet, which can be visually distinct from the content.
    • Check Types:
      • Blog Post: Participants can be asked to write a blog post with a minimum word count. Blog posts can include various submission types within the same response, such as an image, a URL, and a written response.

        Blog posts can also be set as private or public. If marked public, a reader icon will be added to the map for all users where submissions from this stage can be viewed.
      • Multiple Choice: This option can be used as a quiz or a simple confirmation of interaction, like an acknowledgment that they have read the material.
      • Password: You can require a password to progress. The password might be part of the gameplay, hidden within the quest, or something the participant must obtain from an instructor.
      • None: If no check is necessary, you can opt to have no check type.
  4. Minimum Time on Task: This feature is particularly useful if you want to ensure participants spend a certain amount of time on a task, such as watching a video, to prevent them from skipping through content.
  5. Rewards: Assign rewards like XP (experience points), Gold, or Rep (reputation) for each stage. You can also add inventory items or badges upon completion of the last stage using the “Completion Reward” feature.

Adding Stages: If the quest requires it, additional stages can be added to further break down the content and tasks.

By structuring your quest content into stages with these options, you create a layered and interactive experience that can guide participants through the content effectively. This structure not only ensures that participants engage with the content but also provides various ways to assess and reward their interaction and understanding.

Here you can see how a stage with content, instructions, and a blog post submission would show to a user:

This is how a stage appears to users.

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