Note: This template is currently in BETA and is only available to customers on Growth, Scale, and Enterprise plans.
Not only do Branching Scenarios make online learning more fun and engaging, they are also proven to be an excellent way to help participants learn at a deeper level.
See this article on the Top 7 Benefits of using branching scenarios in eLearning if you'd like to know why.
As a learner, I am presented with a scenario that challenges me by requiring me to make a decision. Once I’ve made a decision, I am presented with a consequence - which in turn provides me more challenges and choices. With each decision made, the story unfolds in an unpredictable way until I finally reach an outcome which could be one of many.
Building a Branching Scenario
You can find the Branching Scenario Template under the 'Interactive/Challenge' templates menu on the lesson outline screen.
When you enter the edit view of the Branching Scenario Template you'll notice that it's broken up into 3 main panels:
- Scene settings (left)
- Scenario outline (middle)
- Scene Templates (right)
To start building, the user can simply drag one of the scene templates to the scenario outline. There are 4 template types you can use to create your branching scenario:
- Feedback (positive/neutral/negative)
You can drag as many templates as you want onto the outline. To edit any of the templates, just click on them to bring up the settings for the template in the left-hand-side panel.
The splash template is a multipurpose template that is ideal for starting or finishing the branching scenario. It's a simple template that consists of:
- A background image
- A Foreground/Character image (hidden on smaller screens)
- Heading text
- Description text
- Start button
To edit the scene template, just click on the template widget on the scenario outline and the left panel will provide you with options to edit the content and appearance of the scene.
Clicking on the 'Appearance' tab brings up a preview of the scene and options to change font sizes, colours, and alignment of most of each of the elements.
The choice template is where the learner makes the majority of their decisions. The choice template can also be used to start a branching scenario. The choice template consists of the following elements:
- Background image
- Foreground image
- Scenario description
- Choices (Navigation Buttons)
- Audio upload
The choice template also has a content and appearance tabs for editing the content and appearance of the elements on the screen.
The feedback template allows you to provide feedback to the learner after they make a choice. It displays as a modal, similar to the checkpoint feedback modals. The feedback template has the following options:
- Switch between positive, neutral, or negative feedback pop-ups. This changes the colour of the feedback, providing the learner with a visual reference of how they're doing. It also provides you with a visual reference within the scenario outline when building your branching scenario.
- Feedback image
- Configurable navigation buttons with target options
The video template allows the user to add a video that would typically appear before a choice template in order for the creator to pose a scenario related to the video.
The video template has the following options:
- Ability to add a video
- Configurable navigation buttons
- Autoplay option
Just as with the Video Lesson template, you can search for videos on YouTube and Vimeo.
Starting a Branching Scenario
By default, the first scene you add to your branching scenario outline will become the first scene the learner sees. If you want to change this, just set the start scene using the dropdown select box on the template settings panel
Ending a Branching Scenario
As the Branching Scenario template is an Interactive/Challenge template, eCoach will need to know if the challenge has completed. We've added an option to check whether a scene is the final scene in the scenario so that eCoach can mark it as completed. Please note that you can have multiple end scenes.