All in a Quandary

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It’s always good to start a new year with something new, or, in this case, something I haven’t looked at for some time: Quandary. This is a great site and software, which you can use to make mazes. In my last post there is a link to the New Year’s quiz I made last week, and, as a result, a few people were asking me what Quandary is.

Well, first of all, it was developed by the same people who developed “Hot Potatoes“: some of the first software I ever used for online teaching in 1998, no less, and which I still use frequently along with Markin‘. In fact, I have to admit that this software revolutionised the way I taught.

So this is about Quandary, which is teaching software that you can use to make mazes. The site itself provides very effective tutorials made as Mazes, where you basically move from one point to the next by making decisions. For instance the first point might be a situation such as: “You have to do an exam in English, and you don’t have a lot of time to prepare for it because you are working too.”This is then followed by various choices and, depending on the one you take you go to another situation. So, it works just like the Mazes we use in the classroom with cards and choices, except that it is online.

The Quandary site also provides some fun example mazes, for you to try out. “The Evil Landlady” is fun! Check it out 🙂 Another example maze that I made was for my B1 level university students to help them prepare for their exams. You can see it at this link. It’s a lighthearted way of giving my students information.

The last plus point, but by no means the least is that Quandary is now shareware so you can get all this for free. So, what are you waiting for? Try it out.


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