What are branching scenarios?
Branching scenarios are a popular eLearning format that involve providing learners with several options that result in different course paths. Contrary to the typical “click here, click there” linear course, the learner must truly engage with the course content by making active decisions and actually experiencing the outcomes.
Branching scenarios enables course developers to create more realistic learning environments for their learners. When designed correctly, they also enable learners to test their knowledge in a more realistic way — greatly enhancing comprehension and relatability.
Why are they so effective?
There are many learning benefits associated with branching scenarios. The obvious reason is engagement. While interactions alone can be engaging to some extent, branching scenarios provide next-level engagement. This is because the learner is truly involved in the course and its outcome. In fact, the learner is creating their own path based on their knowledge, more closely mimicking real-life experiences than the traditional linear course. By providing learners with realistic scenarios to interact with, they are actually working for the information they receive. How’s that for engagement?!
In addition to skyrocketing engagement levels, branching scenarios have an impressive result on increasing knowledge retention. This is because every time we create links in our brain, a stronger memory gets formed. Of course, we are more likely to retain a strong memory formed by critical thinking than a definition we read on a static page.
Branching has arrived with Koantic 2.0!
The latest Koantic update 2.0 rolled out our new drag and drop branching tool. The tool allows you to easily create branching scenarios and incorporate them into your eLearning courses. It’s completely web-based and built directly into Koantic so you won’t have to install or pay for anything external.
How can you create a branching scenario in Koantic?
- Visit your account dashboard or sign up for a free trial and add a new course.
- Add a Branching page to your course. This page will be the branching map that outlines the structure of your scenario-based course.
- Visually map out the structure of your course by adding animated slides (video page) to your branching map. To add a slide or video to your branch map click the top right + icon.
- Click on an item in your map to give it a name and to indicate which slide or video is the starting point.
- To connect your elements, drag the arrow on each items to its connecting slide or video. Each slide/video can have several connected slides or videos.
Now it’s time to populate your branch map with actual content:
- To populate your branch map, double click on the slide or video page you designated earlier as the “Start Page” in your map. You will then be presented with a blank page to populate.
- To link that page to its connecting slide or video page, add an interaction by clicking + and then click Edit. That interaction will be the trigger that points learners to the connected page on your map.
- Now it’s time to indicate which branched page is connected to that interaction. In the Edit window, navigate to the Action tab and select the Event Type Click to go to a branched page. Directly below it you will be presented with all branched pages that proceed the current page you’re populating. Select your desired page in the list of available branched pages.
Note: Keep in mind that a page will only show up as an branched page option if it has an arrow connecting it to the preceding page you’re populating.
- Repeat the process for all branched pages.
Note: In the example above, there are 3 video pages proceeding my Start Page. That means I have to connect 3 interactions on that slide to those video pages.
Given their effectiveness in engagement and knowledge retention, it’s no surprise that branching scenarios are a popular eLearning format. We hope you have fun creating your first branching scenario in Koantic. If you need any help, contact usand we’ll happily give you a live one-on-one demonstration.