One Scenario in 5 Different Tools

I have built a short writing feedback scenario in several different tools. The content isn’t exactly the same for all of them, but you can see how different a scenario can feel or function by building it in a different tool. This is a short scenario, with about 12-18 passages or slides in each version, so you can play through each one in a few minutes. Most versions have a basic gauntlet structure, but some have customized feedback at the end based on your score.

Twine

In my Twine scenario on stakeholder writing feedback, I show conditional feedback messages at the end based on the choices made. I do this by scoring the decisions and adding to a total score each time. At the end, I check the score and show a feedback message based on the range. If you try the scenario multiple times with different choices, you’ll see one of three different conditional feedback messages.

I’ll teach you how to replicate this look and feel in this lesson. In lesson 8, I’ll teach you how to use variables and conditional formatting.

You can try the scenario below. If it doesn’t appear, use this link to open the scenario in a new tab.

Storyline

This Storyline interaction simulates a series of text messages where you choose from three response options. Each response is assigned a score, which determines the final feedback message.

The animation in this version would be extremely difficult (and maybe impossible) to replicate in Twine. Storyline was a better choice for this look and feel.

Try out the interaction yourself. At the end, you can retry to choose different options and see if you can get a different feedback message. You can also read the blog post where I explain how I built this.

Text message simulation

Rise

This version is a simulated conversation. The branching structure is a little different from the other versions, with more variation from a pure gauntlet structure.

Try the Rise scenario yourself in a new window. I detail the pros and cons of Rise’s scenario block in more detail here.

Screenshot of the Rise scenario

iSpring

iSpring isn’t as common of an elearning development tool as Storyline or Captivate, especially in the US. However, the iSpring Suite 11 includes TalkMaster, a Dialog Simulation tool that works very smoothly for creating branching scenarios. The tool has some limitations, but it’s very efficient for creating branching scenarios with conversations.

Try the iSpring simulation to see the how it works. This version starts with an on-screen coach to introduce the context.

I don’t recommend buying iSpring just for this course, but if you already have a license, this might be a good choice. Read more about my impressions of iSpring here.

(As a side note, iSpring is a Russian company. Given the war in Ukraine, I know a lot of people don’t want to support Russian businesses right now.)

iSpring simulation

Google Forms

While tailor-made tools like Twine may be easier for building branching scenarios, it’s possible to use a survey tool like Google Forms. Most survey tools have the option to jump to different questions or sections based on responses. Using that ability, you can create a simple branching scenario in Google Forms.

The visual design of Google Forms is not great, and you have limited ability to customize it.

Google Forms scenario question

However, what Google Forms and other survey tools do well is track responses. The built-in graphs and response tracking make it great for collecting data and conducting research or testing.

Pie chart from 433 responses to the first question

While I don’t think it’s the best choice for a branching scenario in most circumstances, it may be a good choice if you’re primarily interested in getting the data in an easy way. Read more about how to build a branching scenario in Google Forms.