Toolkit: Scenario design

Design training scenarios
that your learners love

Available Feb. 1
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This in-depth toolkit from Cathy Moore will help you create thought-provoking scenarios that clients and learners love. No more information dumps!

  • Get the insight you need from the subject matter expert
  • Create mini-scenarios and branching scenarios for any format (live or elearning)
  • Write realistic questions and challenging distractors
  • Help people learn from the consequences of their decisions
Design scenario-based training

Follow the steps to create challenging activities

You'll immediately apply what you learn to a project on your job.

Plan for strong activities

  • The 3 crucial steps to take before you decide a scenario is a good idea
  • How to decide between a mini-scenario and a branching one
  • The common scenario structure you'll want to avoid
  • The 7 questions you need to ask your SME about the job task
  • How to respond to stakeholders who want you to include unnecessary information

Write challenging scenario questions

  • The 5 ingredients of a thought-provoking scenario question
  • When you should use "you" and when you might want to avoid it
  • Five ways to make options more challenging
  • Six ways to provide feedback without sounding preachy
  • How to identify which information to provide and when to provide it
  • One simple trick that will move you from "showing" to "telling"
  • How to write realistic dialog

Plot a branching scenario

  • The best way to plot a branching scenario and keep the story under control
  • Why you need to provide redemption paths in your branching scenarios
  • When to provide help, and when to step back
  • How to write debrief questions to help people transfer their learning to the job

Choose the best format

  • How to design scenarios for any format, including live sessions
  • Why starting with the activity, not a presentation, makes learning stick
  • Why you'll want to think twice about creating a course or event, and what you can propose instead
  • Why stock photos and cartoons can work against you, and what to consider instead

You'll create a prototype. The toolkit will bring you to the "prototype one activity" stage on this workflow. Once you've created a prototype, the rest of the process is straightforward.

No software required

The toolkit helps you design your activity. It isn't a development tool.

You'll develop your design outside the toolkit, using any tool and any format.

Toolkit: Guidance, job aids, and realistic practice

You'll get:

  • Short, high-energy videos: More than 25 videos by Cathy help you make strong design decisions and show you how to plot and write compelling scenarios.
  • Practice with the fictional client: Branching scenarios and mini-challenges help you practice handling the SME and client with the toolkit story.
  • Wide variety of practice: The many mini-challenges help you practice choosing good ideas, writing strong questions, and deciding which media and format to use for a wide variety of scenario ideas.
  • Downloadable documents: Apply new skills and change your procedures with templates, worksheets, and flowcharts.
  • Real-world tasks: Embed the new approach in your workplace with my recommended on-the-job actions, and track your progress in the toolkit.
  • Personal notes you can write in the toolkit: Identify how you'll handle your current client, and download your notes as a custom job aid. Then replace the notes for a new client -- use the toolkit as many times as you need.
  • Lifetime access: You'll have access for the lifetime of the product.

Work at your own pace: The material is equivalent to a 1.5-day workshop if you use the downloadable templates and complete the on-the-job work. But instead of cramming it all into two exhausting days, you'll go at your own speed and into more depth.

Portable badge: When you've completed all the on-the-job tasks, you'll earn an Open Badge format badge. You can share it with employers and on social media and download a verifiable PDF version (see a sample PDF).

Scenario-based training design badge

It's not another course!

The toolkit is a menu-driven series of challenges, guidance, downloads, and real-world actions. Start at the top and follow all the steps, or jump to the point you need right now. It's a how-to reference with lots of practice that you'll refer to again and again.

It's similar in design to the Partner from the Start toolkit. You can see screenshots of that toolkit here.

If you're familiar with the live scenario design course, the toolkit addresses the same skills but in more depth with more practice, and it's designed to be used at your own pace.

Much more than elearning

Want to use scenarios in live discussions? Provide them as spaced practice?

The toolkit helps you choose the best format for the goal and audience.

It's all based on action mapping

The toolkit is based Cathy Moore's action mapping model, an approach to training design that's used by organizations worldwide.

"I'm in a 'happy place' now. Your action-mapping approach, advice, and insight will help me create learning experiences for the right reasons (to benefit the learner!) and articulate those reasons to others. You've helped me find value in my work again. I can't thank you enough!"

Companion to Partner from the Start

The Partner from the Start toolkit (not required) helps you analyze the performance problem and make sure training really is part of the solution. This toolkit continues the process, helping you brainstorm and design strong activities.

You'll get more from the scenario design toolkit if you've first applied Partner from the Start to your project, but it's not required.  You'll get a quick review of the needs analysis done in Partner from the Start and links to more information.

Reserve now for less

Reserve access for yourself or your team now to take advantage of pre-release pricing. You'll get access to the toolkit on Feb. 1 and will have access for the life of the product.

Partner from the Start toolkit available Feb. 1
Pre-launch sale

Prices valid until midnight Jan. 31, 2020
US Pacific Time

$795 starting Feb. 1, 2020

$2150 starting Feb. 1, 2020

* Add people to a team license for $625 each ($715 starting Feb. 1).
First buy a team plan, then log in and go to "Team leaders > Manage your team." More info.
All prices are in US dollars. This is not a subscription. Your card will be charged only once.
Purchasing, cancellation, and refund policy

Skills you'll build

This toolkit addresses the following action mapping competencies.
o = Addressed at a high level
X = Discussed more in depth with examples, practice, or worksheets
  = Might be new or challenging for conventionally trained instructional designers

Still have questions?

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Cathy Moore dba Action at Work, LLC - 382 NE 191st St # 52572 - Miami FL 33179 USA