I have several speaking engagements already booked for 2023. Here’s where you can find me this year for a livestream next week, my Learning Solutions Conference session, and upcoming free webinars. A few additional events are in the planning stages right now.
Free webinar: Livestream Branching Scenario Build
Ever wished you could peek over my shoulder while I create a branching scenario? This is your chance! I’m going to do a free, 1-hour livestream where I build a branching scenario and talk through my thought process. We’ll pick a topic live from a list of options, and I’ll show you how I plan and map out a branching scenario. I’ll demonstrate how I create challenges and choices. You’ll see my process for managing the branching structure without letting it get out of control. You can ask me questions, and I’ll answer as many as I can during the hour call.
This is an experiment. I’ve never done a livestream like this before, and there might be some hiccups. But, I want to try something new and see if it’s helpful for people to shadow my work.
The livestream will be Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 11:00 ET.
Learning Solutions Conference
BYOD: Writing Scenarios: Compelling Characters and Distinctive Dialogue
Thursday, April 13 2:30 PM-3:30 PM ET
In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how to create compelling characters and distinctive dialogue for scenarios for learning. First, you’ll practice creating relatable characters that share job roles and other qualities with your learners. You’ll explore resources for creating characters that reflect a diverse workforce. Next, you’ll examine samples to learn what makes writing sound “conversational” rather than stiff. Together, we’ll review several poorly written scenario examples, and then you’ll practice revising them to create more engaging scenarios. You’ll practice drafting conversational dialogue between two characters. Finally, you’ll use the principle of “show, don’t tell” to improve your scenarios and provide the right level of detail. You’ll leave this session with a list of concrete steps you can take to craft better scenario-based learning and drafts of your own characters and dialogue.
In this session you will learn:
- How to align your characters’ job role and other characteristics to your audience
- Which name generators and image websites are useful resources for creating diverse characters
- How to make dialogue sound more conversational
- How to “show, don’t tell” to keep learners engaged in a scenario
- How to revise your writing to create more effective scenario-based learning
Register for the Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando to join my session. My session is part of the new Instructional Design Summit, a curated set of 25 sessions to help people level up their instructional design skills.
Morning Buzz, MB18 Best Practices for Designing & Developing Scenarios
Friday, April 14th 7:30-8:15
This is an open-ended discussion about how to design and develop scenarios for learning on the final day of the Learning Solution Conference. Last year at my Morning Buzz session, we talked about challenges people experience in creating scenarios and what solutions they have found. If you’re attending the conference, come join the conversation!
Streamlining Branching Scenario Planning and Design
Wednesday, April 26 3:00 PM ET
In this session, you’ll learn how to streamline your processes for branching scenarios, from initial planning through writing and creating a functional prototype. You’ll start from the beginning, by analyzing the problem you’re trying to solve, identifying your objectives, and gathering stories from SMEs. I’ll share tips for planning the flow of your scenario, including comparing different branching structures of varied complexity. You’ll see how the free, open-source tool Twine can streamline the process of planning, writing, and prototyping branching scenarios.
We’ll review the advantages of writing one complete path in the branching scenario from start to finish before fleshing out the alternative paths. You’ll also learn how to give learners opportunities to correct their mistakes in ways that both deepen learning and simplify your design. By the end of this session, you’ll have a streamlined process for planning, designing, writing, and prototyping branching scenarios that can then be built in any authoring tool you want. This streamlined process will help you save time and make the complexity of branching scenarios more manageable.
In this session, you’ll learn:
- What questions and tactics elicit relevant stories and examples from SMEs
- How to use Twine for planning, writing, and prototyping branching scenarios
- How giving learners opportunities to fix mistakes can streamline branching design
- How to use different branching structures for scenarios
- What to write first in a branching scenario
Register for this free webinar through Training Mag Network. Even if you can’t attend live, register so you can be notified when the recording is ready.
Better Feedback for Scenario-Based Elearning
Thursday, May 11 12:00 PM ET
When you create a scenario, you work hard to make it realistic and relevant for your learners. Unfortunately, even otherwise engaging scenarios sometimes include abstract feedback like “Incorrect. Please try again.” Simply saying the choice is right or wrong can make learners lose interest and focus, and it doesn’t help them learn from their mistakes.
You will learn how to show learners the consequences of their decisions rather than telling them they’re right or wrong in scenario-based eLearning. This is the difference between “intrinsic feedback” and “instructional feedback.” We will explore several different options for intrinsic feedback, such as progress meters, character responses, and environmental changes. You’ll learn guidelines for when to use immediate feedback and when to delay the feedback in scenarios. We’ll discuss how to design feedback to meet the needs of both novice and expert learners. You’ll also learn when direct instructional feedback is beneficial for learning.
In this presentation, you’ll learn:
- Multiple methods to show the consequences of decisions in scenarios
- When to use immediate or delayed feedback
- How to provide appropriate feedback for novice and expert learners
- When to use intrinsic feedback (showing consequences) and instructional feedback (direct coaching)
- How to work with SMEs to get information to provide realistic consequences
- How to write better feedback for short scenarios and complex branching scenarios
This will be a free webinar hosted by TrainingPros. Registration is not yet open, but I will update this post when it is.
Build Your Branching Scenario starts 3/20
Enrollment opens this week for my 9-week deep dive course, Build Your Branching Scenario. Watch for more announcements soon!
If you can’t wait for these new sessions, check out the recordings of some of my past presentations and webinars.