21. Branching Stories

Here’s the Branching Stories learning interaction from my eBook, Engaging Interactions For eLearning:

Description: Branching stories allow the learner to participate in a "Choose Your Own Adventure" scenario. In this type of scenario, the learner reads about a situation and then chooses which way the story will proceed (ex. "Click here if you would discuss the issue with your boss. Otherwise, click here to ignore the issue."). A story will consist of several questions that lead the learner to different endings, depending on their decisions. If the learner makes the correct decisions, they will successfully complete the adventure/story. If they do not make the correct decisions, they will not complete it successfully and will see the (negative) results of their actions.

Feedback can be provided after each question or at the end of the scenario, depending on preference.

Read Learning By Doing, by Clark Aldrich, for more information on branching stories.

Example: Consider this scenario:

You are interviewing candidates for a sales position. Ask the candidates questions and respond to their answers in a way that helps you determine if they are qualified for the position.

Several responses would be available to the learner. The next screen of the story would be based on the answer provided by the learner, and so on.

Level(s) of Interaction: 2, 3, 4
Knowledge Type(s): Factual
Conceptual
Procedural
Metacognitive
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