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Image of an iced Frozen Raspberry tea from David's Teas.“What’s the hubbub about scenarios?”, you ask. Listen in to this episode and you’ll find out!

I’m so happy to have been able to speak with Christy Tucker in this episode about Learning Scenarios and storytelling. To me, she is a leader in designing single point scenarios or branching scenarios. Christy is a wealth of knowledge about eLearning as well. I know you’ll find some amazing information there so be sure to pop over and read up on her thoughts, ideas and experiences. My drink of choice today was an Iced Frozen Raspberry loose leaf tea from David’s tea – and Christy let me know she was enjoying a Lemon Basil Oolong – and now I need to try that!

Why Scenarios?

I’ve been a big fan of branching scenarios and including scenarios, storytelling and simulations into the learning experience. I believe that it is important we ensure learners can think through decisions, without being spoon-fed. Scenarios let the learner make choices, see and feel the consequences of their actions, even when that means the most extreme outcomes, because these are the moments when they learn.  It’s not always just about following a process, it’s about ensuring our learning participants are prepared to perform in real life, on the job, in the moment. A great scenario can do that (and a poorly crafted scenario can be a disaster).

Who is Christy

Christy Tucker is a learning design consultant with over fifteen years of experience helping people learn. She specializes in using scenario-based learning to engage audiences and promote transfer of skills to real-world environments. She has created courses for clients including the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Cisco, and The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Christy has been blogging about instructional design and eLearning for over ten years.

What’s in this episode

  • What is a scenario
  • When are scenarios useful
  • Branching Scenarios versus simple one question scenario
  • Getting started with a simple scenario
  • Process for designing a scenario
  • How to determine when to use a scenario
  • Working with SMEs (Subject Matter Experts)
  • How long does it take to design different scenarios
  • Manage the complexity of the scenario

Christy’s Social Connect

I’d love to hear your big take-a-ways from this episode, and to hear success stories, or those times when it didn’t go as planned and you learned more than your “learners”. Tweet me or drop me an email host at  AND don’t forget – one more week to the draw for Tim Slade’s book and companion course!


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