Cathy Moore - Training design

Introduction

3 scenario design tips you might have missed

How to write a strong mini-scenario, why you want to use “showing” feedback, and how to make your characters sound like real people: Three classic scenario tips from my blog. Learn more.

3 scenario design tips you might have missed

Need to write a scenario question? Get ideas from these three classic blog posts that you might have missed.

Man sleeping in train seat

The same question three ways

What’s the difference between a quiz question, a mini-scenario with poor feedback, and a strong scenario question? Compare these versions of the same data-security question and discover an unusual use for a Chipmunks CD.

Voice descends from clouds saying "Incorrect!"

A deeper look at “showing” feedback

I’ve just made a decision in your scenario. Should you now tell me what I did right or wrong, or just show me the consequence of my decision?

I vote for “show” because I want to use my brain. Here’s an example of how it works, plus an early encounter with the Omniscient One, that faceless know-it-all who dominates elearning.

Droid head becomes human head

7 ways to make dialog sound natural

These tips will make your scenario characters believable, relatable, and concise. (The most common mistake I see is too much small talk. See tip #2 for the solution.)

Want personal feedback on your scenarios?

My four-week online scenario design course starts the first week of September. You’ll get hands-on practice writing scenarios and get my personal feedback on your work. Sessions are scheduled for most of the world, including Australia and New Zealand. Learn more.

 


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Design challenging scenarios

Want to help people change what they do, not just what they know? Give them realistic practice with scenarios. Learn how in my four-week scenario design online course. You'll have hands-on practice, lively online sessions, and my personal feedback.

Design training that matters

My book Map It helps you turn training requests into projects that make a real difference. With humor and lots of examples, Map It walks you through action mapping, a visual approach to needs analysis and training design used by organizations around the world.