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How to Obtain A Real-World Learning Experience in E-learning?

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How to Obtain a Real-World Learning Experience in E-learning?

For any stakeholder, be it product training manager, compliance training manager, or a supply chain training manager, the biggest problem with e-learning is the mismatch that exists between real-world experience and e-learning; hence, this leads to less knowledge retention for the learner. You can create an interesting course using interactivities, graphics, and games, but how can you ensure that learners apply the knowledge in the real world? One way is by following the scenario-based approach in e-learning.

What is a Scenario? 

In a scenario-based approach, learners are given a particular situation that exactly resembles the real-time experience. In this approach, learners are asked to make careful decisions so that they could face similar situations at their work place.

These scenarios are very effective and engaging because they are very relevant to the jobs in the workplace. With the help of these scenarios, we can easily convert theoretical training to a practical experience.

In this blog, I am going to share a few handful tips through which we can easily grab the learners’ attention.

Understanding the learner’s need thoroughly

In order to make the learners get attracted to your e-learning courses, the first and foremost thing to do is to analyze and identify your learner’s needs. For example,

  • What kind of problems do they face at their workplace?
  • What are the skills that they want to improve on?
  • What motivates them?

Answers to these questions will help us understand and identify the learners’ needs better

Make the context realistic

It is very important that scenarios are very realistic while at the same time being informative. Through these scenarios we can convey the information in a simple way and avoid the cognitive load of learner.

For example, one of our e-learning course requirements was to provide an overview of different tools and processes used in automation engineering. So we used the help of a character to explain all the tools as you can see in the screenshot below.

Make the context realistic

Make it interactive

Make the e-learning course as interactive as possible. During interactivities, we can make use of images and characters so that learners relate them to their real-life situation and also include dialogues to the characters; they can easily draw the learner’s attention.

What you see below is a screenshot from one of our courses, where the learners are asked to drag the protective items and drop them in suitable places. 

Make it interactive

Challenge the Learners

Without overwhelming the learners, we need to challenge them to the extent of facilitating expansion of their knowledge.

This scenario-based approach provides the learner with real-life obstacles and problems so that they can expand their knowledge and implement their skills.

Seen below is a screenshot from one of our courses we developed. In this course, during the assessment phase, learners are asked to identify the hazards in the kitchen. 

Challenge the Learners

Provide Rewards to Learners

By providing rewards to learners, they get more engaged. With the help of the scenario-based approach, they can directly see how their skills and knowledge can be utilized in their real life and at the same time how they can be benefited.

Here is one more example that shows of how when learners answer correctly they will be rewarded.

Provide Rewards to Learners

Advantages of using the scenario-based approach

By using these scenarios there are many advantages, few of which are listed below.

  • Encourages the ability of critical thinking
  • Provides a realistic environment to the learner
  • Improves problem-solving techniques

Thus, with the help of scenario-based learning, we can easily create online courses that are fully engaging to the learners; at the same time, learners can enhance their skills and knowledge.

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