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.
- Hook learners emotionally as they identify themselves with the characters and the unfolding story.
- Offer immersive, active learning – learning by doing – as learners get to act and experience the consequences first-hand.
- 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