Work smarter, not harder, with storyboarding

Let's say you've been working on an e-Learning for a client. You've spent tens of hours developing, and you're proud of your work. But when you present to your clients, you can tell immediately that they do not love your e-Learning as much as you do. They don't like the look, the layout or any... Continue Reading →

Using interactive video to simulate emergency training

The United Kingdom's Resuscitation Council created an e-Learning with four modules designed to teach learners how to do CPR, help someone who's choking, use a defibrillator, and more.  The designer used cinematic-quality video with actors to show each of the scenarios and  added interactions to help simulate things like the correct frequency of chest compressions.... Continue Reading →

Providing feedback

This week, our work focused on analyzing the structure and quality of an existing e-Learning design, and then providing compassionate, actionable feedback about ways to improve the design. We used a large, detailed template to review 14 different features of the e-Learning, then used an 18-category rubric to score the sample. The final piece was... Continue Reading →

Alternative authoring tool

Most of the branching scenario exercises I see are built using Storyline or Captivate. But Christy Tucker created one using Google Forms. You can check out the scenario here, and read about how she created it here.   This version of a branching scenario is fascinating because it is so uncommon. This could work as... Continue Reading →

Take scenarios one step farther with branching

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve talked about what learning scenarios are, as defined by Clark in Scenario-based e-Learning.  To recap, scenario-based learning is: A realistic scenario learners might face in the workplaceLearners participate in the action, not observe another character's actionsLearners see the consequences of their actions and learn from them. Once you... Continue Reading →

Deconstructing an e-Learning Sample

Allison Goldthorpe created a sample facility orientation using Articulate Rise. Let’s deconstruct her e-Learning to determine features and characteristics. This analysis applies definitions and descriptions as outlined by Ruth Colvin Clark in her book Scenario-Based E-Learning. Analysis of Blue Beta Facilities Orientation   Course topicThis eLearning gets new employees familiar with work facilities. Topics include... Continue Reading →

Applying concepts of scenario-based learning

Devlin Peck has been a source of inspiration for me going back almost to my first instructional design project. His portfolio is full of creative and effective learning solutions. Plus, he provides pretty detailed explanations of his how he created each one. For this week's inspiration, I'm looking back to Peck's eLearning simulation Climbing to... Continue Reading →

How not to develop scenario-based eLearning

My first foray into eLearning was creating animated explainer videos to support a leadership development program. From there, I immediately launched into converting facilitator-led training into a blended course. I replaced most of the content with interactive videos, and closed the training with facilitator-led session. This course trained new call center representatives about managing their... Continue Reading →

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