Scenario Based eLearning - 2013 Sept 16

Are you looking for a new way to present content to your learners instead of just pushing out an information-based e-Learning course? Using scenarios is a great way to get your learners to pull course content while presenting them with real-life workplace situations. Even though building scenarios can take a bit more time, there are a few ways you can easily get started!

But some of you may be wondering: what is a scenario? A scenario-based e-Learning course incorporates real-life situations and is designed to put the learner in the role of a problem solver. This approach to e-Learning will help increase interactivity and give your learner the opportunity to see the information in a practical setting.

Consider these 4 tips when building scenario-based e-Learning courses:

  • Map out your scenario. This will make it a lot easier to build your scenario. Use branching to fully understand how your scenario will play out. Think about how you want to illustrate your information and how it will benefit your learners. Make sure you have all the background information you need, so your course will tell the story you are trying to portray and be as realistic as possible. One great blog to reference as you begin branching is How to Build Scenarios with Action Mapping and Lectora.
  • Challenge your learners. One of the main goals of using scenarios is to not just push information out to your audience, but make them work for it! Think of it as learning to ride a bike with no training wheels. This will not only test their problem-solving skills but also increase learner engagement.
  • Assess your learners differently. Information-based courses usually will quiz learners with your typical question types like multiple choice. By building a scenario-based course, you can change the way you assess your learners. Having your learners actively make decisions with less information throughout the course will allow you to assess what they truly understand and provide quality feedback to fill in any gaps.
  • Add interactivity. One way to add interactivity into a scenario-based course is to use characters. Characters will help personalize the course and put your scenario in a real-life setting. Lectora® e-Learning software provides hundreds of character poses that you can easily incorporate into your course!

These are just a few tips and ideas to help get you get started creating scenarios. If you want to make an impact on your learners and change the way they see the information, e-Learning scenarios are an excellent way to achieve this goal.

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Christie Wroten graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in English and Writing. When she's not writing about e-Learning, Christie enjoys traveling or playing piano and guitar.