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Scenario-based eLearning

Using the Power of Imagination to Help Learners Learn

April 15, 2021
1 Hour (45 mins + 15 mins of Q&A)

Looking for an effective way to involve learners in a story in your eLearning course?

That’s easy! You can’t go wrong with scenario-based learning!

Here are 3 reasons why you should include scenarios in your eLearning courses.

  1. Hook learners emotionally as they identify themselves with the characters and the unfolding story.
  2. Offer immersive, active learning – learning by doing – as learners get to act and experience the consequences first-hand.
  3. Help build empathy in learners as they observe how their actions affect others – peers, supervisors, vendors, or customers.

Scenario-based eLearning is one of the most effective ways to let your learners gain practical experience – even in a virtual setup.

Scenarios are a great way to hook new hires and veterans alike. They make great learning tools to train learners on how to reach a specific outcome or predict likely outcomes. A scenario can be as simple as a single screen with a decision point, or as complex as having 10 decision points, with branching courses of action based on the learner’s choices.

A word to the wise – while it’s easy to get carried away with complex scenarios and fancy elements, the effectiveness of scenarios lies in designing those learners can relate to, and offer solutions to their pain points or work challenges.

So, do scenarios work for every training requirement? Not really. For example, did you know that it’s not a good idea to use scenarios for foundational training? For more insights on this very effective eLearning design element, join this webinar that discusses:

  • What is scenario-based learning
  • Why scenario-based learning
  • Types of scenarios – exploratory, normative, predictive
  • Branching and non-branching scenarios
  • Best practices to design effective, relevant scenarios
  • Where NOT to use scenario-based learning


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Shalini Merugu

Director - Learning Solutions

Shalini is a versatile learning design professional with 16+ years of experience in instructional design (ILT, VILT, and eLearning). She is an expert in customer training, designing learning and user assistance solutions, and technical documentation.

She provides creative strategies for designing effective blended solutions. Her experience in designing eLearning solutions along with designing and delivering instructor-led training helps her leverage the strengths of each medium to consistently create impactful training solutions, ensuring that nothing is lost when converting from one format to another.

Shalini works closely with customers to understand their training requirements & learner demographics to suggest the best learning strategy for each requirement. Apart from improving the quality of learning solutions, she also conducts customer education workshops at customer sites globally and presents webinars on learning design. Shalini holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Hyderabad.