SimTutor Authoring Tool

The Distinctive Tool for Branching Scenarios

SimTutor is an uncomplicated authoring and editing tool that you can use to create branching scenarios.

What are Branching Scenarios?

A branching scenario or branched scenario can be defined as a learning activity which presents learners with a question, problem or decision with multiple options, each with its own consequence or set of consequences. It can be compared to a choose-your-own-adventure story, where each possible option presents a different outcome.

Where or When Should Branched Scenarios be Used?

Complex branched scenarios are highly effective for developing critical thinking skills as well as procedural skills. This article explains how they can be used for  both of these types of training: How Complex Branched Scenarios Fast-track Critical Thinking Skills


How to Create Branched Scenarios using an Authoring Tool

The image below shows the planning view of the flow of  a branching scenario, created using the SimTutor authoring tool.

You can simply click on each block to edit the title of that step. You can also edit the type of step it will contain, such as an image swap, a randomizer, a hot-spot, a quiz step or any of the other 4 types of steps that are possible using SimTutor.


Each pathway describes a situation and asks the learner to decide from a range of possible options. Each pathway leads to a different consequence and the learner must then make another choice and learn from the feedback.

Below is a zoomed in view of a decision pathway, showing thumbnails of your editable content and what type of step each one is, for example a multiple choice quiz, hot-spot, a video or any other option.



Why use SimTutor?

Unlike many content authoring tools, which are complex and even require some coding knowledge, SimTutor is simple and intuitive. 

You can switch between the branched planning view and the authoring view and edit in either one.

Planning and authoring is 50% faster using SimTutor.

You only edit once and its saved in both formats. It’s this distinctive feature that makes planning your training with SimTutor 50% faster than using other authoring tools.



  1. Simple and intuitive

  2. You can launch your course in minutes

  3. Cost effective

  4. You can match the look and feel or brand of your choice

  5. You can customize your materials 

  6. Written in HTML5, so it looks great on every modern browser

  7. You can mix different types of materials into your branched scenarios: for example, dialog, images, sound files, videos, 360-degree video, text, any web-formatted graphic or animated content.

  8. You can drag and drop content into your own integrated content library in SimTutor. There is no need to host your content elsewhere.

  9. Platform-agnostic – it is compatible across most common systems

  10. The content you create using SimTutor is SCORM compliant and integrates seamlessly into any SCORM compliant LMS system

  11. It’s easily scalable – you can potentially share your content with unlimited numbers of users (Ts&Cs apply)

  12. You can store your content in our cloud or download it to your own location

  13. SimTutor supports you. You can contact the global support team or consult the knowledge base when you need tips and advice.



Check out this short demo video that shows a lesson and how quickly it was created using the SimTutor planning and authoring tool.

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The best way to see how productive you can be with SimTutor is to take a free trial today.