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P07 BYOD: Fast Tracking your Branching Scenarios

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday, April 19

If you need to create training for complex skills where there isn’t always a clear right or wrong answer, typical eLearning may not provide relevant practice opportunities. Isolated, abstract multiple choice questions aren’t enough to help learners build decision-making, communication, or strategic skills. You need to build eLearning that provides richer practice activities that reflect the complexities of work.

In this workshop, you’ll design and develop a short branching scenario practice activity in just one day. You may either use a topic from your own work or a hypothetical case study. You’ll start by identifying objectives and the skill learners need to practice. Next, you’ll follow a framework document to plan the characters, context, challenges, and rough outline of your scenario, making sure the scenario aligns to your objectives. Using the open source program Twine, you’ll map out the structure of your branching scenario, creating decision points and consequences for different choices. As you build the structure, you’ll flesh out the text or dialogue in your scenario. Next, you’ll play through a prototype of your scenario and see examples from other participants. Finally, you’ll work on the visual design for your scenario using formatting options within Twine. We’ll also review the options and tips for migrating the content from Twine to another authoring tool like Storyline. You’ll leave with a short but functional branching scenario that provides a more realistic practice activity for a complex skill. You’ll also have hands-on experience with Twine, as well as resources for scenario planning for the future.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to align a branching scenario to objectives
  • Tips for creating relevant context, characters, challenges, and consequences in a branching scenario
  • Why Twine is an effective tool for creating branching scenarios quickly
  • How to create a branching scenario structure in Twine
  • How to test a branching scenario prototype
  • Techniques for formatting and visual design in Twine

Technology discussed in this session:

Twine, Storyline

Prerequisite audience knowledge:

Attendees should have prior experience creating learning objectives and creating training for complex skills. Experience with Twine or creating branching scenarios is not necessary.

Participant technology requirements:

A laptop with Microsoft Word or access to Google Docs. It’s helpful to install the free program Twine prior to the session, but the browser-based version at https://twinery.org/ can be used instead.

Christy Tucker

Learning Experience Design Consultant

Syniad Learning

Christy Tucker is a learning experience design consultant at Syniad Learning with over 15 years of experience helping people learn. She specializes in using scenario-based learning to engage audiences and promote transfer of skills to real-world environments. She has created courses for clients including Cisco, FIRST, the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Christy has been blogging about instructional design and eLearning for over 10 years.