I recently presented a session for the E-Learning Guild’s Annual Online Learning Forum 2015 about how to create engaging scenarios for e-learning. (The session was recorded and Guild members can view the recording here.). In preparation for that session I built a branched e-learning scenario, using Articulate Storyline 2, called The Job Interview.
What do I mean by branched scenario? It means that the learner can follow different paths (or different “branches”) through the course, depending how interview questions are answered. For example: if you select the worst choice for the first question in the scenario and arrive to the interview 30 minutes late, that path, or branch, ends right there. Your interview is cancelled and they’ve moved on to the next candidate.
However, choose the option that has you arriving 5 minutes early and you score bonus points. The order and the amount of questions in the interview, as well as the amount of points scored (indicated through the progress meter), is totally dependent on the choices made by the learner.
Try it out yourself and let me know in the comments, how many tries did it take you to land your dream gig?
The Job Interview | View Demo
Want to build a scenario of your own? You may be interested in some of these articles I’ve written about creating scenarios for e-learning:
- How I Built This Branched Scenario
- 3 Simple Steps to Build Branched E-Learning
- Build 3-Step Scenarios Like a Pro With Storyline
- 4 Instructional Design Tips to Build Awesome Scenarios
- Top 3 Things You Need to Know to Write Realistic Scenarios
- Articulate Storyline: Scenario Template (Free Download)
Want to see another example of a branched e-learning scenario? Tim Slade created a great example on his blog for Call Centre Training. He’s also written a blog post about it and made the source file available for download. Tom Kuhlmann’s Rapid E-Learning Blog also has a whole section on building scenario-based e-learning, chock-full of awesome tips and tricks, so check it out!
Got tips or tricks of your own about building scenarios? Have you seen other scenario based e-learning examples that you’d like to share? If so — leave a comment; I love to hear your feedback. And since you’ve made it to the end of this article, perhaps you should subscribe to my blog!