Is it ever okay to be a control freak?

Is it ever okay to be a control freak?

Is it ever okay to lead people by the nose through a new experience, or does that make us control freaks? Let’s look at an example. Learn more.

Makeover: How to write challenging scenario questions

How to write challenging scenario questions

We’ve all seen scenario questions that are too obvious. But how can we make them more challenging? Let’s fix a boring question right now. Learn more.

Jettison the genies and let learners think

Hipster genie wants to make you awesome

Elearning has genies, superheroes, and wizards. Live training has the all-knowing instructor. I say all of them should stop being so darned helpful. Learn more.

Branching scenarios: How many decision points?

Branching scenarios design: How many decision points?

You’ve decided a branching scenario will be part of your project. But how long should it be? See an example and some tips. Read more.

4 ideas you should steal from interactive fiction

4 ideas you should steal from interactive fiction

Here are a few fun stories from the wild world of interactive fiction. Try them out to see cool techniques you can steal for your training scenarios. Read more.

12 cool ways to use scenarios

Surprising uses for scenarios

Decision-making scenarios aren’t just for elearning. Here are 12 ideas for other ways you can use branched scenarios to help people practice solving problems. Learn more.

Why you want to put the activity first

Content presentation followed by scenario

Turn traditional training on its head: Challenge learners from the start with decision-making scenarios and let them learn through experience. It’s not only more interesting and memorable, it makes our designs more efficient. Learn more.

When do you need a branching scenario?

Signpost representing branching scenario

One-scene mini-scenarios are great for covering a lot of topics. So when is it worthwhile to design a branching scenario? Example scenarios included! Read more.

Feedback in scenarios: Let them think!

Feedback in scenarios: Let them think!

Do we really need a know-it-all Omniscient One to explain everything to our learners? Or can we trust them to draw conclusions from the results of their choices? Read more.

Sample branching scenario + cool tool

Screenshot of Twine flowchart view

Branching scenarios can be a pain to design. Happily, you can use a simple tool called Twine to easily draft the scenario and produce it. In this post we’ll look at a scenario that I wrote to demonstrate Twine’s basic features and to make a point about teaching through stories. Read more