How to really involve learners

Create a stream of self-contained activities, let people pull information as they need it, slowly increase the challenge with scaffolding, and be a hero. All in one blog post. Learn more.

What’s the real cost of eye candy?

“We need eye candy!” But at what cost? If we spend too much time on images, we don’t have time to create challenging activities. Will people really reject a text-only activity? Learn more.

7 ways to make dialog sound natural

Do your scenario characters sound like robots? Try these 7 powerful tips to write natural dialog and give your characters some character. Learn more.

Scenario mistakes to avoid #1: Eager-beaver feedback

When is feedback helpful in a scenario, and when is it annoying? Should we immediately tell people what they’ve done wrong and what they should do to fix it? Learn more.

Let me tell you everything you need to know! Or not.

You’re going to work in Zekostan! How would you like to prepare for the cultural differences? Do you want me to tell you everything and then quiz you? No? What’s the alternative? Learn more.

3 quick tips for strong scenarios

Want to write realistic, subtle scenario questions? Here are some techniques that can help. Learn more.

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.

Jettison the genies and let learners think

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.

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

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.

Scenario design online course

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