Critical Analysis of H5P Branching Scenario Simulations

Recently, our team (Shelley Dougan, Patrick Guichon, Sandra Norum, and myself) critically analyzed branching scenario simulations and hosted a live virtual presentation for fellow MALAT classmates.

Branching scenario simulations use features such as video, still images or graphics, sound, and special effects (Bell et al., 2008), to give learners the opportunities to make choices, reflect, adjust; and therefore construct their own knowledge. With branching scenario simulations, students are guided through a series of questions and their choices directly affect the outcome of the realistic, authentic problem-based learning scenarios. 

Our first step to analyzing branching scenario simulations was to view Skills Practice: A Home Visit by Ryerson University to address efficiency, effectiveness, equity and engagement of the delivery technology within the context of a nursing school. We then created our own branching scenario simulation to offer recommendations and considerations for using H5P branching scenario simulations in our respective teaching contexts. 

  • Shelley – Higher Education in X-Ray Technology
  • Patrick – Higher Education in Computing
  • Sandra – Curricularist with at-risk youth
  • Wendy – Grade 9 Science

Just as empathizing with your learners is important for design-thinking methodology (d.Stanford, 2021), so too is it important to empathize with your learners and consider your context when analyzing the use of H5P branching scenario simulations (Heemskerk et al., 2005). Feel free to experience our branching scenario simulation, critically analyzing the delivery technology and how it applies to our teaching contexts. Explore all branches to see four unique points of view. 

Here is the link to our interactive branching scenario.

For a brief overview of our findings, you can view our infographic. Within the infographic, be sure to explore all the active links.

Whether you are teaching in higher education or K-12, when incorporating H5P branching scenario simulations into your teaching and learning environments, consider if you have enough time to design and build activities most effective for learning. Although H5P is a viable option for creating branching scenarios, the time and resources needed to create may be a barrier for you. As well, consider your learners. Are you meeting all learners’ needs? Will they relate? Will they be engaged? Empathize with your learners and think about H5P efficiency, effectiveness, equity, and engagement. Branching scenarios can be very interactive and engaging, but may not be the right fit for your context. Keep in mind, even if you don’t think branching scenario simulations will work in your context, there are several other ways to incorporate using H5P in your courses. Check out the H5P website, and be on the lookout for the upcoming H5P OER Hub!

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Ryerson University. (2015). Skills practice: A home visit. https://de.ryerson.ca/games/nursing/mental-health/game.html#/

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Wendy Grymaloski Engagement video

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Ryerson University. (2015). Skills practice: A home visit. https://de.ryerson.ca/games/nursing/mental-health/game.html#/

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