As instructional designers, it is very essential for us to understand that learners should gain knowledge from eLearning courses and apply the learning to their work. We definitely make courses that effectively impart knowledge to learners, but what exactly can we do to check whether they can apply it or not?
Scenarios are the best way to check how much the learner has understood the concept. They help him relate with the situations faced by him and allow him to make decisions if he were in such a situation.
Here are three proven tips to make good scenarios for your online courses.
Before making the scenario, it is essential to analyze what the learner needs to perform in his job. Teaching it in an eLearning course gives him a rough idea of the concept. Presenting it in the form of a scenario gives him a proper understanding of how to apply it.
For example, if your module teaches the learner how to hire new employees, you explain the basic steps that need to be followed for hiring them. Create a scenario based on a real life situation where a manager conducts an interview. This can give the learner a clear understanding of how he needs to hire the employees.
Think how a learner would respond in a situation and allow him to make a decision. This will improve the learner’s thinking and decision-making skills. For instance, consider the above example where the learner can play the role of the manager. Show him all the possible situations that can occur while conducting an interview, and then, ask him a question based on them.
The best part of a scenario is that even if the learner makes a wrong decision, it does not cause much damage. It will only help him understand what exactly he needs to do in such a situation.
For example, consider the above situation. Even if the learner chooses the wrong answer, give him a proper feedback saying why he is wrong and what he needs to do to get it right. This would help him when he actually encounters such a situation in the real life.
These tips help you create effective scenarios for your course. I hope you find this blog informative. Please do share if you have anything to add to the list.