Designing Elearning Scenarios

A Proven Step-By-Step System To Design Scenario‑Based Elearning... Even If You're Brand New To Elearning, And Struggle With It Now.

How do some people design engaging elearning almost effortlessly? When others struggle to make a single slide even mildly interesting?

I’ll tell you exactly what the secret is…

Years back, when I was just starting my work as an independent agency I got a gig converting a whole bunch of web pages (html text) into e-learning modules.

12 modules to be exact.

I knew we were doing the learner a disservice with the approach - these modules needed to be “rethought” not “converted”... PLUS we only had 3 months to get them launched.

I knew there was a better way to engage people. I had been working in tell and test e-learning for so long, but never saw it deliver good results, or engage. It was never a show piece, it was always an afterthought. I was tired of that. I wanted to prove you could do engaging e-learning even if you had limited resources.

So my partner Ryan and I developed Broken Co-worker.

The idea was to have learning that not only looked good, was unique and fun, but at the same time stuck to the principles of engaging learning - contextual scenarios, stories, limited resources, and learning through consequences.

If you are just starting your e-learning development journey or trying to successfully move away from “page turner” e-learning, then scenario design is your golden ticket.

But how do you build consistently engaging scenario based e-learning?

Introducing "Designing e-Learning Scenarios”

My name is Anna Sabramowicz. I am the founder of Elearner Engaged.

Over the past 4 years, I’ve been designing and deconstructing what makes an engaging scenario experience online.

I’ve uncovered and reverse-engineered the 10 strategies YOU need to implement to design award-winning scenario-based modules.

Over the past 4 years I’ve also worked with companies like adidas Group, Thomas & Betts, Michelin, Rubbermaid and Emerson to take their e-learning to the next level. My scenarios and videos have been featured in Articulate Roadshows, Learning Solutions, University of Charlotte, Southern New Hampshire University, and others…

The crazy part?

Broken Co-worker was built 4 years ago… and it's still being used as a prime example of scenario based learning.


Because the principles that made it a success still apply today.

You see the technology has changed… software has evolved. But the reasons why it was a hit in the first place have not.

Plus, I’ve applied the very same timeless principles to every development project since.

How Scenario Design Works

I’ve learned a time-tested and proven formula to design engaging e-learning:

  1. Implemented scenario design strategies that have been tested by more than 3000 unique users.
  2. Identified the highest-engagement strategies. These strategies have accounted for 80% of my scenario engagement success over the past 4 years.
  3. Used several development approaches, from video, to illustration, to out of the box stock characters with successful outcomes (to eliminate scenario development software as the obstacle to creating great scenarios - even for people who are scared of that technical stuff).
  4. These strategies have been tested and proven. But not just for Elearner Engaged. I’ve coached and consulted with some of the biggest companies to enhance the engagement of their employees.

Moral of the story: This course is grounded in proven principles and strategies that work. It’s broken down into simple, step-by-step modules that allow you to easily walk through each of the four phases of scenario design and development.

At the end of each module is an easy-to-execute action step so you can methodically implement what you’ve learned. No guesswork. Just follow the plan.

What Topics Does the Course Cover?

This course covers four main topics broken into seven key application areas.

1. What’s the problem your scenario is solving?

As I designed my scenarios, I documented every step of the process so I could teach you how to do the same thing.

We’ll start at the beginning and lay the foundation for developing a useful and engaging scenario.

You’ll learn the formula to quickly connect your scenario to a big business problem.

You’ll review 4 examples of how other industries have applied this formula to measure their impact.

You’ll learn questions that will help you decide how your scenario will solve this problem.

You’ll learn strategies that help you make your scenario compelling to your learners: by establishing the context and real-world consequences.

In the Designing e-Learning Scenarios Course I’m going to review several different strategies for building your own Broken Co-worker. Every strategy will be meticulously broken down so you can easily follow along and implement it in your e-learning project.

The course is complemented by a workbook - which helps you apply immediately. The workbook offers tips and tricks not included in the videos.

2. How are you going to assess for success?

Do you have the learner complete several simple scenarios, then give them a complicated "new" one at the end to test their knowledge? How do you set up assessments and metrics to measure beyond just what people "liked" and discover their actual "learning"?

In this module you will learn;

  1. What makes a good goal? Are learning goals different from scenario goals?
  2. The best behavior to measure with a scenario.
  3. How to use the scenario as an assessment strategy.
  4. How to use a scenario to create several learning opportunities, and multiple ways to gather learner progress and learning.
  5. How to leverage your scenario to serve as multiple learning events.

There are so many options and ideas to consider. It can be completely overwhelming. What a PAIN! You will not have to experience any of that.

I’m going to give you an easy-to-follow blueprint to set up your scenario development and delivery process. No guesswork. No spending months to gather the right info. You will see my exact setup and what I suggest you do (and ask) at each stage of your scenario design.

3. How to draft a good scenario?

This is the $1,000,000 question…

“How do I write a really engaging scenario?”

This is where it gets really fun.

In this module you will learn;

  1. The exact process I use to draft the first scenario prototypes.
  2. What are the questions I need to ask the SME to pull out the juicy stories?
  3. Strategies on how to efficiently capture scenario ideas and outcomes, and quickly test them for viability.
  4. How to come up with realistic options for a scenario.
  5. Principles of storytelling: how to integrate them into your scenarios to help your learners identify and care about the outcome.
  6. Do I need to branch? Alternatives to branching that produce awesome results and maintain the integrity of your scenario.

The tips and ideas you’ll learn here have helped me successfully design dozens of scenarios for a multitude of industries. They will walk you through exactly how to design your own scenario and work with team members to refine it to be engaging and contextual.

4. How will you build and test your scenario?

One of the biggest challenges is making sure that a scenario is true to life. That your learners find your options true to life and compelling.

Another conundrum I ran into early on was knowing what to put in the scenario vs. what to leave out.

In this module you will learn;

  1. How to make sure every aspect of your scenario is “practical” not “theory”
  2. Apply a process that makes sure your scenario emulates the real world - from the scenario conversations to the resources used.
  3. How to structure your scenario as a real “learning environment” - one that learners find value and enjoyment in over and over again.
  4. How to gather feedback from learners before you get in too deep into build.
  5. Strategies to make your scenario at least partially “evergreen”
  6. Ways to reduce (or even eliminate) the need for constant scenario content updates.
  7. My exact process for deciding which information to include as a resource and when to give corrective feedback.

13 More Things You’ll Learn in this Course

  1. How to introduce and sell scenarios to your organization.
  2. When it's worth investing in scenario creation.
  3. Figure out what business problem you actually need to solve.
  4. Stop the guessing game of what people will find engaging.
  5. Get everyone on your team ready to develop scenarios with the right mindset.
  6. Work with your SME to extract good scenario content.
  7. How to storyboard scenarios.
  8. Tips and tricks to help you write better scenario content and conversations.
  9. How to use emotions and story to create learning that sticks.
  10. Ways to keep scenarios a multi-channel, multiple purpose learning tool with spaced learning.
  11. How to create "good" bad choices - one's that the learner will actually find compelling and realistic.
  12. How to create engaging learning with limited time and resources - where to invest your effort to get great results.
  13. How to apply scenarios in your context: vertical industry examples.

Class Details: Here Is What You Will Get

Here is what your course package will include:

  1. Full Designing e-Learning Scenarios Course (4 modules with over 15 instructional video tutorials.)
  2. Workbook activities, checklists and questions for each strategy you learn.
  3. Storyboard templates.
  4. Simple scenario Articulate Storyline template.
  5. Slide presentation downloads.
  6. Scenario Case Studies: deconstruction of scenario examples, where they worked, and why.

How will you watch it? Immediately after purchasing, you’ll be sent a private link where you can jump in and start the course immediately.

How Much Does it Cost?

The entire Create Engaging E-learning course--all strategies, checklists and planning tools -are broken into modules to ensure that you don’t get overwhelmed and can easily and methodically develop your own scenario based e-learning.

$489 one time purchase price.


30-day money back guarantee. NO questions asked.

Do the Strategies Work for Novice Designers?

Yes. This was designed as a step by step process that anyone, regardless of their experience or technical acumen, can follow.

After you have a good hold on the key elements presented in this course, you can then take these strategies and evolve them to make your scenarios as sophisticated as you want.

Your Instructor

Anna Sabramowicz
Anna Sabramowicz

An instructional designer and strategist, Anna has solved training and elearning problems for the likes of Sony, ABB Group, Emerson, Rubbermaid, Michelin, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and countless others.

She’s been invited to talk to instructional systems design classes at UC Berkeley, Concordia University, University of Charlotte, Southern New Hampshire University, and dozens more.

The Chief Learning Architect of Articulate, Tom Kuhlmann often deconstructed Anna’s showcase course in his Storyline workshops, and invited Anna to be an expert speaker for his Articulate Roadshow. Articulate dubbed her work, “Scintillating.”

And when adidas - one of the best known brands on the planet - wanted to hire someone to optimize their global onboarding modules to increase skills of retail store associates, guess who they hired. Yup: Anna. She is the founder of Elearner Engaged, a boutique elearning design agency.

Just right for any budget.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any type of continued support as far as accountability goes? What does it look like?
You will have lifetime access to the private LinkedIn group (discussions, sharing and feedback). The forum is a private discussion group on LinkedIn. You need to be a LinkedIn member (it’s free) to participate in the forum, share your projects to get feedback from the class. Anna will also respond to select student questions.
Is this course based on the science of learning?
This course is based on a mix of sources: My own project experience, work predominantly done on the use of scenario in learning by Ruth Colvin Clark and Cathy Moore This course and my philosophy is also heavily influenced by learning instruction research done by L. Dee Fink, Grant Wiggins and Dr. Will Thalheimer.
Will these strategies be reproducible in my work environment?
If you design learning for adults and your goal is to help your adult learners learn through experiential and consequence based learning... then yes. If you design training for adults in the business world, this course is for you. This is not the course for you if you're looking to disseminate information in an "interesting" way. So if you work in education, there are parts of the course that won't apply to you because uncovering business need is an essential parts to getting ROI on projects in the business world.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.
I struggle with creating realistic dialogue in scenarios - will there be help for me on this?
Writing great dialogue is definitely something one gets better with time and practice. However, in this course I share strategies that have helped me create conversations that adult learners will find natural and contextual.
As much as I like Articulate Storyline, is the course tool agnostic?
The strategies I share can be used with any tool. The examples I share will focus on low tech and accessible resources, so the features of the tool do not overshadow the strategies that make scenario design successful. I will be using Articulate Storyline to showcase working demos of Broken Co-worker and other scenario interactions.
I like realistic scenarios with real consequences, even if consequences are not a happy outcome. Will this course teach me how to do this, too?
My philosophy is simple "let your scenarios be the place where your learners suffer the consequences, so they can succeed in the real world". Consequences need to be meaningful and true to life (even if they are sometimes the extreme of real life). I help you discover the outcomes that have positive, negative and even neutral impact: depending on the complexity of the decisions being made by your learners.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Will you focus on Broken Co-worker or will there be other examples?
The spotlight will be on Broken Co-Worker and deconstructing its inner workings. However, the focus of this course is the scenario model, so I will be sharing examples and case studies of situations where this model can be used with success.
Will it help me in designing even if I don't always use scenario-based approaches?
Yes! The strategies shared here touch on every aspect of e-learning development, including storyboarding, subject matter expert interactions, spaced learning strategies, prototyping and more. Even if your next project does not involve scenarios, there will be many strategies you will now have at your fingertips to apply to virtually any learning development project.
Will this course continue to be updated? And will I get free access to future versions?
Yes! This will be the flagship Elearner Engaged product and it will be updated on a regular basis. Once you are enrolled, all future versions are free at no cost.
How much more is in the course vs. what you already put out on your YouTube channel?
If the YouTube channel is a book, the course is a an encyclopedia. Some of the core concepts I've discussed in my YouTube videos are in the course. However, the course goes into MUCH more detail, with use cases, examples, checklists and video tutorials on every single strategy.
Will this work for someone who is not in a “corporate” environment?
Absolutely. It has worked for research companies, humanitarian organizations and NGO’s. All of the strategies taught are built on universal learning engagement principles.
How do I incorporate scenarios into a heavily content based online high school science course?
A scenario is, at its core, a problem someone has to solve. The difference between that problem and a multiple choice question is that it is framed in the context of real life. There are no abstractions, only the real world application. A scenario is helpful when a learner can imagine themselves in it, and doing something they will find valuable to learn. So, learning how to design great scenarios is also about shifting our perspective and adopting a new mindset on why we share ideas and concepts in the first place - to help people solve real problems.
How much time will this take?
Great question! The course itself is being designed to go through in under 30 minutes per day. As far as implementation, that depends on your experience level, skill and how quick you learn. While I can't guarantee anything, I tried to break out each actionable task in a way that anyone with base skillset can implement the strategies within 1 hour per day.
I'm an eternal tweaker and am constantly thinking the course could be better: will this course help me be confident that what I designed is better than good eno
Great question! I understand! A big part of this course focuses on MVP - what is called in the software development world minimal viable product. We are always trying to satisfy the Pareto principle - what's the 20% that will deliver the most value? I stress this in every lesson, because honestly... I think we are all tweakers and need strategies to help us maximize our time.
Will you include tips/tricks for designers with limited tools?
The strategies I share can be used with any tool. The examples I share will focus on low tech and accessible resources, so the features of the tool do not overshadow the strategies that make scenario design successful. I will also include a resource list in the workbook that will organize alternative and affordable software and tools. Trust me, once you have a good story and compelling context and consequences... you can make magic happen with just a PPT deck.