There are endless possibilities for designing branching scenarios that look creative and innovative. Here’s a few ways to make branching scenarios look even more engaging and memorable:
1. Ditch the multi-choice layout
Branching scenarios are always much more interesting than reading a page of information. However, when presented in a multiple choice style, with question text, and then an a, b, c or d response, they become predictable and not overly engaging. It also makes them look like a test which can be a big turn-off!
2. Create an environment
Design images and media that look the environment where the learning will be applied. Look at your learning outcomes and imagine the learners applying them in the real world. What does it look like? Where will the learning be put into practice? Is this in an office, a factory, outdoors? Who will be there? What objects are likely to be in the environment and how will these be arranged? Below is an example of creating an environment by using graphics:
3. Visually mimic how choices would be made in the real world
How will the learning be put into practice? Do learners need to choose between different objects, conversation responses, or actions? In the example above, the learners have to first find the hazards in the scene, then make choices on how to minimise them. This design is engaging as it makes it easy for the learner to imagine themselves in the real situation.
4. Use more visuals and minimise text
“A picture is worth a thousand words”. Use visuals and multimedia to convey key messages. It is much quicker and more memorable for a learner to source key information from visuals rather than reading paragraphs of text. Let’s face it we’re in a world where people want access to information fast, this includes their learning!
5. Consistency in presentation
Design a theme for your branching scenario. Choose the type of graphics you will use, photos, illustrations or a blend of both. Choose fonts that reflect your topic and match the graphics. Choose a colour scheme and use this consistently. Designing a theme will give you consistency and will make everything look like it belongs together. Think of your branching scenario as telling a story. For example, in a children’s story book the illustration style remains consistent. It doesn’t suddenly change half way through.
There are many more ways in which to design better looking branching scenarios.
What are your thoughts?