Each month, I will cover a tool that I believe will have an effect on our industry, usually for the better. Some of these tools will be brand new, or at least new to you. Other columns will review substantial updates to tools that have been around for a while. Know of a tool that you want me to cover? Write me at [email protected]
This Month’s Tool: Hand Multimedia’s Roleplay
Let me introduce you to a tool that is not yet well known: Roleplay by Hand Multimedia, whose headquarters are in Christchurch, New Zealand. With aptly named Roleplay, you can quickly and easily create online, sophisticated, decision-driven scenarios. At last year’s eLearning Guild DevLearn conference, Hand Multimedia walked away with the prestigious Brandon Hall Bronze for Best Innovation in Learning Technology while the product was still in Beta.
Figure 1 shows a typical case scenario.
Figure 1. A learner scenario built with Roleplay
Hand Multimedia designed Roleplay as an enterprise product, and it has quickly started taking hold in New Zealand. They signed on the biggest players in the Australasian market, from sectors including health, banking, telecommunications, retail, insurance, and aviation in a paid pilot program. These companies have gone on to purchase Roleplay as an integral part of their eLearning toolkit.
Who is the typical developer for this tool? Roleplay is aimed directly at instructional designers and trainers. It does not require scripting or programming. Its interface, like any other, takes a little time to learn, but it is clearly laid out and quite intuitive.