Types of Wizards

In the CLE, you can create three types of wizards. The simplest type is a sequential wizard. This kind of wizard is well suited to activities in which a series of steps are performed in a linear fashion. For example, you might create a sequential wizard to guide students through the steps of creating a term paper or to guide students though an experiment that extends over a significant period of time. A wizard for an experiment might track the timing of each step, collect data and interpretations from students at critical points, and provide an opportunity for you or others to provide feedback along the way.

The second type of wizard is hierarchical. A hierarchical wizard presents forms and information as a set of categories and subcategories, much as an outline presents nested information. Hierarchical wizards are helpful when organizing and tracking activities in multiple arenas, each of which has unique milestones. You might create a hierarchical wizard to track personal, academic, occupational, and extracurricular activities for use by academic or career advisors or for use in developing resumes.

The third type of wizard is a matrix wizard. Also called a matrix, this wizard presents forms and information in a set of rows and columns. You might create a matrix to track progress across different disciplines (the rows) that have similar milestones (the columns). Each cell in the matrix is a point at which you can track achievements, encourage reflection on how the disciplines mesh, and provide feedback. For information on matrices, see Matrices.