Scenarios add “a punch” to your eLearning courses. They display real-time incidents that learners face on their job and take leaners through such situations by explaining the solution or process/ procedure that needs to be followed in such situations. Thus, they connect the learners to the course and engage them more deeply with the instruction.
Scenarios are most effective when the strategy, presentation and development are well executed. I’m now going to share a few tips that will help you develop effective eLearning scenarios.
Focus on real-time situations
The scenarios should be based on real-time situations that learners usually face in their work. The situation should connect them to their job-role, instead of confusing them with a totally unrelated topic. Scenarios with appropriate situations will result in effective learning in less time.
Use conversational style
Scenarios introduce a situation and take the learners through the situation; they call for conversational style of approach. A conversational approach makes the scenario more interesting. It eases the learners to a great extent and makes learning less formal.
Challenge the learners
Scenarios can also be used to challenge the learner to solve a problem instead of presenting the situation and immediately explaining the solution.
Use appropriate characters/ graphics
Characters/ graphics add “life” to scenarios. To develop an effective and interesting scenario, visualization must be properly planned. The background image, characters, images (their sizes), callouts (their colors) and labels – all these are critical for the development of a scenario. Every element is critical for the success of a scenario!
- Use a clear and appropriate background image depending on the situation, such as a production floor, a training hall, etc.
- Ensure consistency in the use characters or images such as real pictures, illustrations, etc.
- Select characters with outfits that match the work culture of the organization, such as formal, semi-formal, casuals, etc. depending on your client requirements.
- Go for globally accepted attires, if your client is planning to launch the course for its multinational audience.
- Crop the images to an appropriate size, so that they look appealing rather than cut-off.
- Differentiate the callouts (speech bubbles) of characters in conversations, with color variations.
- Use light colors in callouts to make the text easy to read.
Change facial expressions and backgrounds
Scenarios are effective when the characters’ expressions match with that of the situation. The expressions of characters must change, based on the decisions taken by the learners. This will increase the interest of the learners. The same applies for the backgrounds also. If the situation moves from a production floor to the manager’s desk, the background image needs to change accordingly.
Keep these tips in mind while developing scenarios to make them more effective for learning. Do add your ideas to this list!