To Branch or Not to Branch: When and How to Use Branching Scenarios and Alternative Approaches


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Learning Experience Design (LXD) Consultant
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Branching scenarios can engage learners and provide relevant decision-making practice. While branching scenarios can be very valuable, nothing is the right solution for every training problem. Branching scenarios can be challenging to design and time-consuming to build. That might leave you wondering: When is it worth the time and effort to create a branching scenario? When do the benefits of branching scenarios outweigh the costs to create them? Are there any easier alternatives that could work, or might even work better in some situations?

In this webinar, you'll learn how to evaluate training problems to decide when to use a branching scenario or another approach. You'll review criteria for deciding when branching scenarios provide enough benefit to justify the effort required to create them. This will help you use branching scenarios when they matter most, saving you time and effort while creating quality learning experiences. During this webinar, you'll also explore alternatives to branching scenarios such as constrained branching and one-question mini-scenarios. These alternatives use some elements of branching scenarios but are simpler to design and develop. We'll review several examples of different approaches to scenario-based learning. You'll leave this session with criteria to decide which scenario-based approach to use and ideas on how to apply them.

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • How to decide if a branching scenario is the best approach
  • Why branching scenarios are an effective solution for certain types of training problems
  • How branching scenarios and other scenario-based approaches can be used in different learning domains and kinds of training
  • How to save time and effort by using alternatives like one-question mini scenarios and constrained branching
  • What criteria can help you choose branching scenarios or other strategies

About Christy Tucker

Christy Tucker is a learning experience design consultant with over 20 years of experience helping people learn. She specializes in using scenario-based learning to engage audiences and promote skill transfer to real-world environments. She has created training for a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit associations, state and local government agencies, universities, and more. Christy has been blogging about instructional design and elearning for over 15 years and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and events.

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