1. They are interactive and engage the mind
Rather than passive absorbing of information the learner is engaged in making choices. Branching scenarios focus on action i.e. the learner has to make the choice to do something. This leads to much more powerful learning than having to recall information or facts.
2. They work well to spice up boring content or dry topics
Branching scenarios are a great way to spice up dry topics. I have found they work well in compliance courses and for training new or existing legislation to staff. When branching scenarios are used in these topics it shifts the focus on to what staff need to do. By having this focus it helps to avoid getting bogged down in heavy content or complicated legislation.
3. They can be relatively quick to produce
You can design a branching scenario to be as complex or simple as you like to fit within your projects time contraints. Design and development time will increase with the more branches (decision points) your scenario has, more choices at each decision point, having more than one correct pathway, and having multiple levels of consequence (not just right and wrong) e.g. a partially right consequence. Top tip: Get faster by keeping templates of your branching scenarios, then reuse them again and again for multiple projects. When speed is needed a simple branching scenario can provide powerful results.
4. Endlessly versatile
No branching scenario needs to look the same, your only limitation is your imagination. You can use different branching structures. You can also use mulitmedia in different ways to present the branching scenario e.g. animations, photos, video and audio. Each new branching scenario can look original and innovative.
5. You don’t need to be technologically saavy to build a great branching scenario
You can design and build a great branching scenario in Powerpoint without needing to code or know any specialist tools. A strong branching scenario is more about learning design than development skills. You will have more options if you’re saavy in tools such as Captivate and Articulate Storyline but they are not pre-requisites for building awesome branching scenarios.
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