E-Learning Examples: Branched Soft-Skills Scenarios


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:

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!


2 thoughts on “E-Learning Examples: Branched Soft-Skills Scenarios

  1. India says:

    Hi Nicole,

    I have very recently developed an interest in eLearning design and development. I could go through your blog for hours; I’m totally hooked! I have a question about Storyline: If I were to start a 30-day free trial, and I created content that I wanted to use after those 30 days, is that possible? Also, as I mentioned before, I’m very new to everything design-related. Is Storyline pretty easy to navigate, or do I need pre-existing knowledge of eLearning design? I am itching to start learning, but am having trouble deciding where to start!



    • Nicole L. says:

      Hi India.

      Thanks for the lovely comment, so glad to hear you’re enjoying my blog.

      To answer your question about content created in Storyline with the 30-day trial, the answer is YES it will be still available when the trial expires and you can still view it or use the files afterwards if you decide to buy the software. Storyline is really easy to learn there’s almost no learning curve it’s very intuitive.

      In a lot of ways it’s similar to Powerpoint in terms of look-and-feel, so if you’re work with that tool before, you’re already halfway there.

      There’s also TONS of support, tutorials, guides, articles, etc. available for Storyline. You might want to start by checking out this free e-book on Getting Started with Storyline: https://community.articulate.com/e-books/getting-started-with-articulate-storyline.

      If you have any questions, or if you want free downloads to start working from, that’s available here in the E-Learning Heroes Community: https://community.articulate.com/

      Best of luck to you! Have fun with it.

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