Designing Adaptive Learning Paths in E-Learning #196

Adaptive Path Branching in E-Learning #196: Challenge | Recap

E-learning courses are ideal for ensuring every employee receives the same training or communication message. This type of e-learning works well for compliance and policy courses. But the one-size-fits-all approach isn’t always the best one for performance-based topics such as leadership development, sales, and product training.

That’s because learners are unique. Their skills, knowledge, and experiences on a given topic will differ from one learner to the next. That’s where adaptive learning solutions can help.

With adaptive learning, one or more parts of the course will adapt to the skill level of the learners. Learners who demonstrate mastery early in the course could move faster through the course and be presented with more advanced scenarios and quizzes.

On the other hand, learners who underperform would move more slowly through the course and be presented with more practice opportunities and foundational information.

Simple Example of Adaptive Branching in Storyline

Here’s an example I often use in my variables workshop. It’s a simple project that leverages Storyline’s built-in results slide variables to determine how well a learner is performing during the course.

View project | Download (SL360) Download (SL2) | Video tutorial

Using conditional branching, learners who score below a determined point value will branch to a remediation scene where they’ll have additional practice activities. After some time, they can be branched back into the primary course.

The branching is transparent to the learner so they don’t even know they’re seeing different content from the other learners.

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an adaptive branching example.

Because the conditional logic takes place under the hood, it likely won’t be obvious to us where the branching occurs. Please include some type of annotation or notes in your example to let us know where the magic happens.

In the example I shared, I included the variable reference and notes to tell users where the learners would go next based on their current score.

Adaptive Learning

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you adapt your examples to this week’s challenge, take some quality time to check out the personalized examples your fellow e-learning characters shared over the past week:

Choose Your Own E-Learning Characters #195

Choose Your Own E-Learning Characters #195: Challenge | Recap

Wishing you an adaptive week, E-Learning Heroes!

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The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

David Anderson