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Build eLearning scenarios in PowerPoint

Don’t listen to the naysayers who tell you that you can’t build good eLearning in PowerPoint.

They’re wrong.

PowerPoint is one of my favorite tools for building eLearning. In fact, you can actually build fully interactive, branching scenarios in PowerPoint. Let me show you how.

Download the file

Download the free PowerPoint eLearning scenario template here.

Why scenarios?

Scenarios are one of the best eLearning approaches because you’re adding interaction (choices and feedback) instead of just pushing information in a “click-click-click” course.

When you build training, what you’re really trying to do is improve performance in the real world. And that’s what scenarios are all about: shift from learning “knowing” information to “doing” something better.

Pick a scenario model

Scenario building doesn’t have to be complicated. Two of the eLearning gurus I respect the most use simple (and similar) models. Tom Kuhlmann calls his the “3-C model” of Challenge, Choice and Consequence, while Michael Allen splits up the acronym into his 4-element “CCAF model” of Context, Challenge, Activity, and Feedback.

See some examples of the model in action

Here is a video where I show a few examples of the scenario model in action.

Understand how the file is set up and make changes

The key to adding interactivity to PowerPoint is setting up the file properly. I’ll walk you through it in the video below.

How to string multiple scenarios together into a course

With the file set up properly, and your first scenario created, it’s time to duplicate the scenario.

But wait, PowerPoint has a few quirky things you’ll need to modify or else the course won’t work. I’ll walk you through it in the video below.

Wrapping it up

I hope you found that lesson useful, and enjoyed the free download.

Let me know if you like this approach in the comments below!

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