Scenarios for learning should include several critical elements: a protagonist or main character, that character’s goal, and the challenges that character faces. The main character’s goal is what drives the scenario. All of the action and decisions in the scenario move you closer or further from that goal.
The free open source tool Twine makes planning, writing, and creating branching scenarios easier. It provides a simple way to create functional prototypes.
In stories for learning, the protagonist should be someone your learners identify with, a person with similar goals and challenges.
How many options do you need in a branching scenario for each decision point? What numbergives the best balance of realism and manageable complexity?
My reflections and review of my blog for 2019, looking back on what changed this year and my goals for next year.
While elearning often focuses on the behavioral aspect of learner engagement, our designs also affect cognitive and affective engagement.
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Resources on Building branching scenarios, understanding performance problems, improving accessibility, creating videos, and moving from classroom to blended learning
Use one-question mini-scenarios to make your assessments more relevant and valuable. They’re fast, flexible, and can work in virtually any tool.
A good fit is important in instructional design roles. Ideally, you want a role doing satisfying work in an organization that values your skills.