instructional design, learning technology

Design a “Choose Your Own Adventure” Tutorial WITHOUT Getting Yourself or Your Learners Lost

So you want to build a “choose your own adventure” eLearning tutorial?

“Branching scenario” tutorials follow a choose-your-own-adventure style of learner engagement, giving learners options and requiring them to make a decision.

Each decision takes the story down a different path, branching again and again until they reach a conclusion. Learners are in the driver’s seat the whole way.

Example flowchart for a branching scenario. Start at left, make decisions leading to different paths, with six possible endings.

As anyone who’s ever read a Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) book or played a CYOA game can attest, these can be a ton of fun.

However, if you’ve ever tried to design one – or been unfortunate enough to find yourself participating in one that’s poorly designed – you know that there’s a lot that can go wrong in the execution of a CYOA scenario.

Fortunately, you can increase your branching scenario’s success by incorporating the following steps into your development and design phases.

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