No Tech, No Problem

This week’s elearning challenge was to create a low-tech course design that could be used without any power or electronic devices. So, I pulled out my sharpie and a few sheets of paper to create this Survivorman-themed lesson (or perhaps on-site survival aid if you will).

Main Menu

Main Menu

Having logged in far too many hours watching Les Stroud’s Survivorman show, I had plenty of “useful” tips to share, starting with ways to build a fire:

Build a Fire

Build a Fire

And we all know how crucial it is to stay hydrated, especially in a survival situation, so here are some ways (some more appetizing than others) to get water:

Find Water

Find Water

Before it gets too dark, you’ll definitely want to build some sort of shelter from the elements to get a good night’s sleep:

Build Shelter

Build Shelter

Lastly, here is a quick list of possible food sources. It’s pretty much impossible to come up with an exhaustive list, and each situation will be completely different, but here’s a quick list to get you thinking about some possibilities:

Find Food

Find Food

So, I hope you enjoyed this very hurried, rough version. Hopefully you’ll never need to use this information in real life, but if you do, I’d like to think it might save your life.

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8 thoughts on “No Tech, No Problem

  1. This looks great, Dan! You did a great job of sketching out the different concepts, it’s well-organized, clear, and entertaining. But isn’t the real lesson that frequenting cruise ships can lead to getting struck by lightning and eating grubs? I have concerns.

  2. Great work Dan…was wondering why Building a fire was first on the list until I remember the survivor survived from the sea! And nice graphical images, simple too. Particularly liked the info about building shelter…likelihood, you won’t remember early in such a situation until it starts getting dark…hopefully, no one finds himself in this situation!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Daniel, I know I was initially a bit surprised by the emphasis on building a fire, but it really is an important thing to prevent hypothermia. Stroud also talks a lot about staying dry for similar reasons. And I guess a lot of people do make the mistake of hoping they’ll find help and not building a shelter. Night approaches quickly and people get stuck with no good place to sleep.

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