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.
How many options do you need in a branching scenario for each decision point? What number gives the best balance of realism and manageable complexity?
While elearning often focuses on the behavioral aspect of learner engagement, our designs also affect cognitive and affective engagement.
Use one-question mini-scenarios to make your assessments more relevant and valuable. They’re fast, flexible, and can work in virtually any tool.
Watch the recording of my webinar with Swapna Reddy on scenario-based learning.
A branch and bottleneck scenario structure keeps the complexity of branching scenarios manageable while allowing a deeper progression over time.
When you convert training from classroom to online or blended learning, use a backward design process to focus on the objectives and important skills.
Converting training to online requires more than just posting PowerPoints online to be effective. Start with an analysis to plan an effective conversion.
Microlearning: Short and Sweet by Karl Kapp and Robyn Defelice provides an overview of microlearning strategy, supported by research, from start to finish.