When any kind of challenge is given to us, we all start imagining the scenes, characters, situations, and also the conversation that would happen in that challenge. We prepare ourselves on how we are going to face and solve it, that is, we mentally create a scenario which helps us to sequence a series of events.
The same “scenario” can be applied to eLearning
In this blog, I am going to list out the reasons for using scenarios in eLearning, which will help in designing effective eLearning courses.
- Speed up learning:
Scenario-based eLearning accelerates the complete learning process as it involves less of heavy-content and more of conversational scene-based learning. It becomes easier for learners to understand and quickly learn important key concepts, thus enabling learners to finish the training soon and get on to the job.
For example, the induction training for a new employee can be given through a scenario involving the HR head and the employee. The introduction to various departments, management control units, and job roles can be explained through scenarios. This helps the new employee to quickly finish effective induction training.
- Enable critical thinking:
As scenario-based eLearning mostly involves demonstration of relatable situations, it helps learners to remember facts, analyze situations, perform functions, and take actions according to the situational demand. This improves the on-the-job performance of the employees!
For example, for one of our Safety courses, we had a topic on the importance wearing eye protection equipment. The need for this was explained using a scenario involving a gardener, who was working with a strimmer and was not using an eye protection. A piece of stone hit his eye, causing loss of eye-sight.
Using such scenarios will help learners think and act accordingly.
- Save cost:
Scenario-based eLearning saves costs to a greater extent. As at times it becomes a costly affair to provide real-time experience for learning purpose.
For example, if the training is about assembly line manufacturing of an automobile, instead of taking all the employees to a set-up of a dummy manufacturing plant to show them the process, it is cost-effective to show the complete manufacturing process through scenarios, hence not compromising on the quality of training. By this the learners get the same look and feel of a manufacturing plant, and it saves the cost of an organization too!
- Easy to design:
Advances in authoring tools have made it easier to design scenarios. In-built scenes, default characters, their poses and moods help in easy designing and development of courses. Here are a few screenshots of built-in characters and scenarios in Articulate Storyline.
The above discussed points are the reasons for using scenario-based eLearning help organizations in conducting effective training for their employees. Go the scenario-way and excel in building your courses!