Scenarios don’t have to be difficult!

So what’s new in the scenarios world? A couple of good posts from Christy Tucker, that’s what! If you think ‘we should have a scenario here’, don’t assume that you’re now looking into an abyss where tangled plotlines writhe into knots that you’ll never undo, and exhausted designers stay up all night trying to test … Read moreScenarios don’t have to be difficult!

Scenario example: social care

Title screen from scenario

Need to create training material for people in a social care context, focusing on decision-making under pressure? You might get some ideas from this. I’ve put a new scenario example on my portfolio page. This is an unbranded version of a scenario I wrote for a leading Scottish child care charity as part of a … Read moreScenario example: social care

Five great articles to power up your elearning scenarios

In the immortal words of Ian Dury, ‘There ain’t half been some clever bastards’. Here I’ve picked five excellent articles I’ve found recently; each  takes one of the ‘pain points’ of elearning scenarios and offers practical and instantly usable suggestions. 1. How long should we let learners go down the wrong path? Yes you want … Read moreFive great articles to power up your elearning scenarios

Great resources for elearning scenarios

Flowchart for decision in bank call centre scenario.

I’ve written so much on elearning scenarios in this site it’s time I pulled all the resources together for easy reference. I’ll add some of the best places to look outside of the site too. Designing Predicaments – a job aid for scenarios, and a mini-course Predicaments is a job aid you can get from … Read moreGreat resources for elearning scenarios

Elearning scenario examples: Clark Quinn’s Workplace of the Future

I read the blogs of quite a few instructional design gurus. Actually I tend to binge-read them, then go off the whole idea for a while until my interest revives. But that’s another story.  One of my favourites is Clark Quinn, for the sharpness of his analytic mind but openness to new ideas. The project In … Read moreElearning scenario examples: Clark Quinn’s Workplace of the Future

Elearning scenario examples: Learning Zeko and Autoloon Ethics

Example screen from Learning Zeko featuring a situation and three choices.

These are two elearning scenario examples created by Cathy Moore as demonstrations of how scenarios can be effective, even without high graphics and video budgets. Both are simple text-based scenarios with one background image. The effectiveness relies in the story hooking you in. So they’re not live client work, they’re demonstrations of principle. Learning Zeko … Read moreElearning scenario examples: Learning Zeko and Autoloon Ethics

Elearning scenario examples: Will You Fit Into Deloitte?

Screen from elearning scenario example by Deloitte

This elearning scenario example is a first-person video-based one. Like Choose a Different Ending it pretends to be amateur but is very artfully produced. It’s a ‘gamified interactive recruitment experience’, aiming to demonstrate the corporate culture of Deloitte to potential graduate recruits. So it’s aimed at the potential employees rather than employees with a training … Read moreElearning scenario examples: Will You Fit Into Deloitte?

Elearning scenario examples: Choose a Different Ending (Knife Crime)

Scene from Knife Crime video - young man talking to camera pointing at crowd of young men.

This week’s elearning scenario example is Choose a Different Ending (Knife Crime), which  was one of the first interactive videos on YouTube. The idea of interactive video has a long history in the elearning / computer-based training world. We first played them on gigantic, expensive videodisks (think of a CD ROM the size of a … Read moreElearning scenario examples: Choose a Different Ending (Knife Crime)

Elearning scenario examples: Connect With Haji Kamal

Haji Kamal is probably one of the most famous elearning scenario examples in the public domain. When designers talk about scenarios this seems to be one of the ones everyone knows. Why is it so good? Connect With Haji Kamal, to give it its full title, was developed for the US Army by Cathy Moore … Read moreElearning scenario examples: Connect With Haji Kamal

Elearning scenario examples: The Broken Co-Worker

The Broken CoWorker is rightly celebrated among instructional designers for its innovative blend of comic strip, video and scenario methodology, delivering a lesson with flair and rigour, but without over-complication. It was created by Anna Sabramowicz and Ryan Martin of ElearnerEngaged.com, and was, I think, created as Storyline demo. Here’s a scene from the introduction, … Read moreElearning scenario examples: The Broken Co-Worker