It is common knowledge that the purpose of training is to improve job performance. So, learners need be trained on realistic job-situations that they encounter in the work place. As instructional designers, we need to present information related to such situations in a highly engaging manner. Here are four ways that help present this information effectively.
1. Scenarios for Interactive Learning
Scenarios are a very effective way to impart training on realistic situations. They help learners relate themselves to the situation and understand it better. For example, two characters Bob and David are introduced as junior and senior sales representatives in a sales training course, where they discuss the problems they encounter in various job-situations and deliberate on the solutions to these issues. This gives your learner a clear idea of what he has to do if he faces similar situations.
2. Videos for Enhanced Learning
Videos are very helpful in providing safety training as they help learners clearly understand various safety measures they need to follow, to avoid accidents. For example, embedding videos of fire accidents that took place earlier, in online courses, acquaints them with the situation and helps them understand the problem better.
3. Pictures for Retention of the Content
It is well-said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Relevant pictures help retain the concept for longer periods. So, it is essential to have appropriate images in an eLearning course. Consider this example of the product training course, where the real images were used to explain the installation of a battery in an explosive detector. These kinds of images help a learner understand the concept clearly.
4. Problem-based Learning
This approach is an effective way to train a learner about a real problem and its solution. Consider this example, where we have presented a situation, in which a fire accident has occurred, to the learner and asked him to choose an option that he would prefer in this situation.
These 4 methods are very useful in depicting the realistic situations in an effective way. Hope you find this post useful.