Branching Scenarios

Whenever possible, the projects I develop are scenario-based with branching simulations so that users can learn by doing, not just reading. While I have many years of experience teaching at the university-level, I am particularly interested in the different approaches to instructional design that must be considered when developing courseware for adult learners. These learners need to be able to immediately see the relevance of the material to their current roles, which is why interactive content is critical. I have worked with a variety of subject matter experts and team members to establish training needs, prepare learning objectives, and define and sequence course content. Branching simulations allow users to immediately connect the learning with their current role by forcing them to apply their knowledge to solve a problem. They also allow users a safe place to fail as their answers to the simulation will not be part of the score reported to the LMS. After all, as Bruce Wayne learned in Batman Begins,

I wish that I had been introduced to that concept much earlier in my life.

screenshot of simulation 2

Learning Simulation

In this simulation, the learner is introduced to the basic tenents of the Community Reinvestment Act. Simulations such as this are more engaging than simply presenting the information in a click-through course, thus increasing knowledge retention.

This simulation comes at the end of the course and forces the user to apply the knowledge gained in the course to help a customer find documents that must be publicly available according to the Community Reinvestment Act. The scenario allows the user to backtrack when he or she answers incorrectly so that the user can understand the consequences of their decisions when interacting with customers.