Enrollment is now open for Build Your Branching Scenario, with the next cohort starting Tuesday, September 13. Why enroll in this course? Read what past participants say about the course plus learn about the opportunities for practice and personalized feedback.
What past participants have said
I recently completed the 8-week Building Your Branching Scenario course. The course was very comprehensive and I appreciated the focus on practical application. I’m looking forward to applying what I learned to create more engaging eLearning courses.–Marylia Nieves
Thank you Christy Tucker for an engaging course and for your guidance and expertise through each step of the process. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about branching scenarios.
In response to the survey question “Why would you recommend this course? What would someone gain from taking this course?” one participant responded:
A foundation for SBL courses. I had already developed an SBL course prior and still learned a lot from this course.
Practice with real tasks
We know as instructional designers that people learn skills best with a combination of both practice and feedback. That’s why this course is structured around weekly practice activities. Each activity helps you build your scenario, step by step.
Build Your Branching Scenario isn’t a course just about the theory behind writing scenarios. You aren’t forced to a fake case study that I pick for you. In this course, you work on a scenario that you can actually use in your work or portfolio. You pick the topic and determine the learning objectives so your scenario is useful for your own needs.
For an example of the process, check out my blog post series on creating a branching scenario from start to finish.
I personally review and provide feedback on every activity and assignment you submit in Build Your Branching Scenario. That’s why I’m capping the enrollment for this cohort; I need to limit the number of people so I can provide detailed feedback.
While sometimes my feedback is short, here’s an example of an extended comment. This is actual feedback I provided on an assignment during the course pilot. The activity was an early draft of the first decision and consequences in a branching scenario.
I like how you have started this out! I can imagine someone escalating immediately to the supervisor contact and write-up, so that feels plausible to me.
However, I wonder if the consequences after the Good decision actually go too far. It feels like you packed a lot in here, and this could actually be broken up into multiple decisions (even if the OK and bad paths don’t continue).
For example, this describes a lot: “Tina Marie calls the two employees to explain corporate policy personally, allowing them to ask questions, while emphasizing in a cooperative manner how relevant continued training is to their success as new hires.”
Instead of telling learners what happens, could you show them? Could you have them make choices about how to handle questions and explain the policy?”
I also think this might be an opportunity for a branch and bottleneck, where you could split the calls with Esther and Frank so they are handled separately.
That would look like:
[[Reach out and call the indivduals to personally explain corporate policy.]]
Then, instead of jumping right in, give a choice.
[[Call Esther first.]]
[[Call Frank first.]]
Next, you could have some branching for the call. Maybe Frank doesn’t have a lot of resistance and just needs to schedule a better time, but Esther is really resentful of the whole thing and has a lot of questions. You can show that dialog and have a few more decisions.
Does that make sense? If not, let me know (I will see comments here) and I can mock something up in Twine for you.
So, why enroll in Build Your Branching Scenario? If you’re looking for ways to create more engaging and interactive elearning, branching scenarios could be one solution. This course breaks down the complex process of creating branching scenarios into manageable tasks. Over the course of 9 weeks, you’ll create a complete branching scenario from scratch. I’ll provide you with personalized feedback and guidance along the way. By the end of the course, if you complete every activity, you’ll have a solid branching scenario for your learners or your portfolio.
Enrollment closes when the course starts on 9/13, so sign up now to be part of this cohort! I won’t offer this course again until 2023.