Branching scenarios are one of the best ways to move your click-and-read courses to something more interactive and meaningful for learners. By placing your learners in realistic situations, you can get them to practice making decisions that result in meaningful feedback and consequences.
A Practical Model for Designing Scenarios
When we teach scenario design in our workshops, we like to begin with the 3C Model. It’s easy for new learners to pick up because it focuses on the core elements of scenarios: Challenges, Choices, and Consequences. Let’s look at how it works:
The first step is to present your learners with a challenge. It can be any realistic situation that challenges your learners’ understanding on a given topic. Next, provide meaningful choices that allow your learners to make a decision. And finally, provide the appropriate consequences (feedback) for each of the choices.
CCAF Learning Scenario
Here’s a good example of how scenarios can be used to teach learners about scenarios. Very meta, right? I like how Jackie used challenge activities to give learners an opportunity to practice using the design model.
Engaging Text-Based Scenarios
Scenarios don’t have to be rich in multimedia and visual design to engage learners. Consider the following First Aid Exercise scenario. The countdown timer adds a nice element of urgency to the scenario.
Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to share one or more branching scenario examples. Your entry can be as simple or complex as you like.
If you want to take it easy this week, try building a text-based scenario like the First Aid example. For those looking to push the limits, show us what you can do by building on the 3C or CCAF models.
Check out some of our earlier challenges for topic-specific scenario examples:
Articles and blog posts
Here are some helpful articles around building scenarios for e-learning:
- How to Build Better Interactive Scenarios for E-Learning
- An Easy Way to Build Branched Scenarios for E-Learning
- How to Create a Visual Design for Your E-Learning Scenario
- Build Branched E-Learning Scenarios in Three Simple Steps
- 7 Tips for Better E-Learning Scenarios
- Here's How to Build Your Next E-Learning Scenario
Last Week’s Challenge:
Before you create your best-case scenarios for this week’s challenge, check out the buzzword bingo games your fellow community members shared over the past week:
Wishing you a great week, E-Learning Heroes!
New to E-Learning Challenges?
The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.