Scenario-Based Learning Presentations

I have given a number of presentations on scenario-based learning over the past few years. While I often share those recordings on my blog as they happen, this is a more comprehensive list, compiled into a single post. All of these recordings are free, although some require registration. Within this post, I have mostly linked to blog posts about the presentations rather than directly to the recordings because I often include links to resources or further information in my posts.

Presentations on Scenario-Based Learning

Livestream Branching Scenario Build

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Ever wished you could peek over my shoulder while I create a branching scenario? This is your chance! This is the recording of a 1-hour livestream where I built the beginning of a short branching scenario. The audience picked a topic live from a list of options. I showed how I plan and map out a branching scenario, explaining my thought process and decisions. Then, I demonstrated how I create challenges and choices. This video shows my process for managing the branching structure without letting it get out of control.

Set the Stage: Make Elearning Relevant and Authentic with Scenarios

Set the Stage: Make Elearning Relevant and Authentic with Scenarios (Free webinar through the Learning Guild)

In this session, you’ll learn how to create relevant and authentic scenarios to enhance your eLearning and improve performance. First, you’ll learn tips for creating characters that learners can identify with and recognize from their workplace. Next, you’ll see different techniques to “set the scene” and create an authentic context for the scenario through both language and media. You’ll learn how crafting realistic challenges and conflicts helps engage learners and drive the scenario forward. Finally, you’ll see how giving learners opportunities to make decisions with consequences in authentic scenarios helps eLearning feel immediately relevant. You’ll leave this session with an approach to weaving different aspects of scenarios together to bring your eLearning to life.

Go Beyond Boring: Creating Scenario-Based Learning That Engages Participants

Go Beyond Boring: Creating Scenario-based Learning That Engages Participants

Using scenarios can make your elearning more engaging and relevant. You can use scenarios to “hook” your learners and draw them into the story right from the start. Scenario-based learning can affect emotions to make participants care about the content and keep them engaged. You can use scenarios to practice relevant decision-making skills in situations similar to real life. Decision-making scenarios increase engagement, improve skill transfer, and accelerate expertise. While branching scenarios are one effective strategy, a range of options beyond branching are available for incorporating storytelling and scenarios in elearning. Many of these strategies can be used regardless of what development tool you use.

Streamlining Branching Scenario Planning and Design

Streamlining Branching Scenario Planning and Design

Watch an updated version of Streamlining Branching Scenario Planning and Design through Training Mag Network (registration required).

In this session, you’ll learn how to streamline your processes for branching scenarios, from initial planning through writing and creating a functional prototype. You’ll start from the beginning, by analyzing the problem you’re trying to solve and identifying your objectives. You’ll learn what questions to ask SMEs and other sources to get stories and examples to incorporate in your branching scenario. I’ll share tips for planning the flow of your scenario, including comparing different branching structures of varied complexity. You’ll see how the free, open-source tool Twine can streamline the process of planning, writing, and prototyping branching scenarios. You’ll learn the advantages of writing one complete path in the branching scenario from start to finish before fleshing out the alternative paths.

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

To Branch or Not to Branch: When and How to Use Branching Scenarios and Alternative Approaches (Free registration with Training Mag Network required)

This is an updated version of Choosing Branching Scenarios When They Matter Most.

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.

Build Chatbots in Hours, not Days, with Twine

Build Chatbots in Hours, not Days, with Twine

What if you could build a quick chatbot in an afternoon? With Twine, you can! Twine is a free, open source program designed for creating interactive fiction and games. That means it’s built to make nonlinear, interactive stories, making it perfect for planning and writing chatbots and chat simulations. Rule-based chatbots (where users pick from available options rather than entering open-ended text) are similar to branching scenarios or decision trees, where each choice leads to the next. With Twine and a special story format called Trialogue, you can focus mostly on creating those decisions, options, and responses, spending just a little time on the look and feel.

Better Feedback for Scenario-Based eLearning

Better Feedback for Scenario-Based eLearning

When you create a scenario, you work hard to make it realistic and relevant for your learners. Unfortunately, even otherwise engaging scenarios sometimes include abstract feedback like “Incorrect. Please try again.” Simply saying the choice is right or wrong can make learners lose interest and focus, and it doesn’t help them learn from their mistakes.

You will learn how to show learners the consequences of their decisions rather than telling them they’re right or wrong in scenario-based eLearning. This is the difference between “intrinsic feedback” and “instructional feedback.” We will explore several different options for intrinsic feedback, such as progress meters, character responses, and environmental changes. You’ll learn guidelines for when to use immediate feedback and when to delay the feedback in scenarios. We’ll discuss how to design feedback to meet the needs of both novice and expert learners. You’ll also learn when direct instructional feedback is beneficial for learning.

Scenario-Based Learning (General Overview)

Scenario-Based Learning: Why & How

Are you looking for ways to make your training more relevant and engaging? Have you ever thought that adding scenarios might improve your courses, but you weren’t sure where to start? Do you want to use scenarios, but you’re not sure how with limited time and resources? This presentation introduces the why and how of scenario-based learning to help you get started.

Branching Scenario Planning, Design, and Feedback Clips

Branching Scenario Planning & Design Playlist

Training Pros has created a playlist of 20+ video clips and shorts from the two webinars I have done with them. The first webinar was about branching scenario planning and design; the second was about feedback.


In addition to these presentations on scenario-based learning, I have been interviewed on a number of podcasts. If you’re looking for more, check out my collection of podcast interviews.

Upcoming events

Gathering SME Stories to Craft Relevant and Engaging Scenarios. Tuesday, October 22, 3:00 PM ET.

This webinar will focus on a common sticking point in creating scenario-based learning: working with SMEs. In it, you’ll learn how to ask focused questions and techniques to probe SMEs for additional details such as mistakes and consequences. You’ll learn ways for getting “unstuck” while working with SMEs, and why it’s better to interview SMEs rather than have them write scenarios themselves. You’ll leave this session with tactics to help you get the concrete examples and stories you need from SMEs. Register for this free webinar through Training Mag Network.

BYOD: Mini Is More: Create One-Question Scenarios for Better Assessment. Thursday, November 7, 3:00 PM PST. In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how to create mini-scenarios with just one question. These mini scenarios can be used for more effective, higher-level assessment than traditional multiple-choice questions. One-question mini-scenarios can provide relevant context and measure decision-making rather than simply recall. Plus, they don’t require much additional time, effort, or resources once you learn how to write them. DevLearn, November 6-8, MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas.

BYOD: Mini Is More: Create One-Question Scenarios for Better Assessment Thursday, November 7 Register Now DevLearn 20th Anniversary Christy Tucker Learning Experience Design Consultant Syniad Learning, LLC

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