Scenario-based learning is not a new concept! Surely, we have heard of the classic classroom training technique of role-plays. Translate this into online training and you have scenario-based learning.
Scenario-based learning works perfectly well when you need learners to practice handling real-life situations without serious consequences. In other words, it acts like a safety net to enable learners to make risk-free decisions. If you’re looking for an instructional design strategy that offers an immersive learning experience, scenario-based learning is a great choice. This strategy is especially useful when:
- It’s not practically possible to provide real-world practice (e.g., in Compliance or Safety training)
- Learners need to be taken through different learning paths based on their decisions
- The task requires analysis and problem-solving
- There is no correct answer to a problem
Scenario-based learning makes learning fun as it eliminates the fear of failure. Because learners are required to make intelligent decisions, they are involved in the learning process and this increases retention. Since it shows cause-effect relation, and helps learners align their actions or decisions to consequences, it is extremely useful in training programs that are of high importance such as compliance, safety, leadership, and quality assurance.
To get started with designing effective scenario-based learning, take a look at the tips revealed in this infographic.
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