Branching scenario design out-loud #1: analysing the needs

This is the first of a series of posts where I walk through the creation of a complex  branching scenario example, from starting idea to finished Storyline module. I hope it will be useful and encouraging to anyone starting out with elearning branching scenarios and take it a step beyond Designing Predicaments, which has one mini-scenario … Read moreBranching scenario design out-loud #1: analysing the needs

Escaping ADDIE? Is it possible? Do we even want to?

Graphic showing repeated iterative stages of development

Is Agile the way to develop elearning now? Is ADDIE something we even want to escape from? I recently ran a workshop on Action Mapping for large elearning design and development company. They knew the method already and liked it but wanted to explore some of the practicalities and subtleties of using it on projects. … Read moreEscaping ADDIE? Is it possible? Do we even want to?

When an SME ‘gets’ scenarios

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Recently I’ve had the pleasure of working with a subject expert who ‘gets’ scenarios. Rachel, who acts as a subject expert for Coachwise, understands about situating the learning in a realistic story. So do the rest of the learning team at Coachwise. We’re working on a series of scenarios for primary teachers and with her … Read moreWhen an SME ‘gets’ scenarios

Email 36 times an hour. How about no times an hour?

John Stepper, the Working Out Loud evangelist, recently posted a link back to something he wrote in 2013, where he collected some statistics about email, including that some people check their email 36 times an hour. This comes from some research done in 2006 by the universities of Glasgow and Paisley.  I was interested in … Read moreEmail 36 times an hour. How about no times an hour?

Breaking the social media fast

I’m now at the end of a four-week social media fast. I was specifically avoiding Facebook but staying away from Twitter and LinkedIn as well. Why? Influenced by the book Deep Work (http://calnewport.com/books/deep-work/), I was aware of three things how much of my time just got ‘lost’ in browsing and interacting in these spaces, and … Read moreBreaking the social media fast

Two weeks into a Social Media fast

Two weeks ago, while reading Deep Work by Cal Newport, I decided to take up his challenge to go on a four week social media fast. There are many arguments in the book for doing it, but the ones that resonated most for me were the addictive nature of Facebook in particular (Twitter seems even … Read moreTwo weeks into a Social Media fast

Designing Predicaments Step 6: the right reason

Today in our series about elearning scenarios, we look at the reason why the right choice is the right choice. You need to define that in Step 1, and be aware of it throughout. It’s important that it’s not just applicable in this situation but in a range of situations – in other words, it’s … Read moreDesigning Predicaments Step 6: the right reason

Designing Predicaments Step 3: the situation in detail

In step 3 we describe not only the immediate predicament our character is in, but also the back story that has led to this point. That includes some elements you’ll tell the learner and some that they’ll have to dig for. Transcript Videoscribe This was my second attempt, and it came a lot easier than … Read moreDesigning Predicaments Step 3: the situation in detail

Designing Predicaments Step 2: the Characters

This post expands on Step 2 from the scenario design job aid Designing Predicaments. In Step 1 we outlined a scenario as a situation a character making the correct choice the right reason for the choice a positive outcome from that choice In this video I talk a bit more about characters – names, first … Read moreDesigning Predicaments Step 2: the Characters

Designing Predicaments Step 1: the outline

Thanks to everyone who’s downloaded my new scenarios job aid and especially to those who’ve given me positive comments and suggestions for improvements. Keep them coming. One thing that a couple of people have asked for is to clarify how you’d use it for a more complex scenario, where the result of the decision is … Read moreDesigning Predicaments Step 1: the outline