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Scenario-Based Learning to Drive Towards Better Learning Outcomes

Scenario-based learning offers simulated and interactive learning. It ensures that learners are prepared to handle comparable circumstances at work. It works wonders for training where decision-making is involved.

It involves learners working their ways through a storyline, usually based on problems, which they are required to solve at work. In scenario-based learning, learners get to apply their subject knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in a real-world context.

Why go for Scenario-based Learning?

  • Ensures a risk-free learning environment to avoid expensive consequences and interruptions.
  • Helps learners apply their prior knowledge, experience and thinking in learning.
  • Motivates learners to consider other perspectives in their decisions and actions.
  • Enhances training on ambiguous and delicate subjects.

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How to Design Impactful Scenario-based Learning?

1. Understand Your Learners

It’s necessary to have a clear understanding of the learning requirements and preferences of your learners when designing eLearning courses. Furthermore, it’s crucial to be aware of the challenges they encounter on a daily basis at work in order to spot training gaps and develop the most relevant and carefully crafted type of scenario-based learning. For learners to practice and hone their decision-making abilities, scenarios must be created that allow them to participate in a virtual environment and face the consequences of their actions.

2. Identify the Learning Objectives

The designing of an eLearning course does not begin without identifying performance-based learning objectives and aligning them with organizational goals. It is easier to design scenarios in the best way possible when learning objectives are clearly defined and the complexity of the learning outcomes is determined. Therefore, take into account learning objectives in a way that leads to the acquisition of the skills required to achieve the desired business goals.

3. Aim for Relatable and Realistic Scenarios

Relevant and relatable scenarios must be created to address the difficulties that learners face at work. The characters used in the scenarios should closely resemble the employees in terms of job tasks, challenges, language used in the work environment, etc. The scenarios should closely resemble the workplace.

4. Design Appropriate Scenarios

Based on the type of corporate training, scenarios must be designed. They can be created to create learning paths or can be used as scenario-based assessments prior to, during, or following the eLearning course. It is important to ensure that the scenarios are not too complicated because doing so could end up confusing learners, negatively impacting their learning and performance.

5. Ensure Scenarios are Engaging

Scenarios must be designed to be interesting, interactive, and immersive by the incorporation of graphics, audio, videos, callouts, and backgrounds.  To encourage learners to respond appropriately, it is best to speak directly, in a casual tone, and with regular vocabulary. Because a well-designed scenario in eLearning enables learners to think creatively and critically.

Let’s discover how to harness the power of scenario-based learning in the realm of corporate training  through this infographic

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Wrapping it up!

Learning is exponential with scenario-based learning when compared to a typical click-next eLearning as learners encounter scenarios in their learning. Therefore, scenario-based learning works best for providing learners with sticky learning and immediate feedback for the real-world situations they must deal with.

In addition to boosting learner engagement, scenarios are relatable as they are based on real-life situations, they also offer a secure setting where learners can practice and learn about the repercussions of their decisions. So, what better and more relevant way of training than with scenario-based learning?

Exercise your problem-solving abilities in a safe, “real-world” setting with scenario-based learning! Discover more such learner-centric instructional design strategies in our eBook to create impactful eLearning courses.

Instructional Design Strategies to Design Engaging eLearning Courses