All eLearning professionals are constantly exploring for new strategies and interactive tools, to help them maintain the learner’s attention and interest. As a result this search, scenarios have emerged as an interesting strategy in eLearning development. Tools such as Articulate Storyline, which has features that allows for greater flexibility in the presentation of content is growing as a convenient option.
What is scenario-based learning?
Scenario based Learning – In this approach, you describe a situation with a scenario. Then you show several situations using the scenario, to help learners understand the situation better. Using similar scenarios, you also explain how learners can avoid such situations.
Scenario-based learning is based on circumstances or contexts. It is based on situated cognition, which builds the relationships between the learner and the contexts or situations. Scenario-based learning is based on situated perception. The aim of Scenario-based learning is to make eLearning as realistic as possible and this can be done by using a series of situations, or contexts to explain the concepts, decision or stories. It is always important to note that the context is very different from content. Context is the environment, within which the content is imparted. The context should be familiar to the learners, so that the learner can make the necessary connections, for learning to happen.
4 steps to design scenario-based learning
1. Keep the learning objectives and learner in mind, while designing the context.
2. Brainstorm to come up with a list of contexts that may work for the course.
3. Identify the context that best suits the learner. During brainstorming, choose the context that makes the learning process easier and pleasing.
4. After you identify the context, ensure that the context is realistic and validate with the SME.
Articulate Storyline for scenario based learning
Articulate Storyline has many different interactivity features, to form engaging content including scenarios. Now we can quickly add scenarios to our courses. Storyline has many scenario packs, which are in-built with different options and choices. It also includes character packs, with images of people with translucent backgrounds and each character has 10 poses. Now we can quickly change our triggers, to control the poses of the characters.
Here are some sample screenshots from Articulate Storyline.
Articulate storyline helps in easy translation of your courses, into any language, to localize your content for all learners. Storyline also lets you pass on all text in your course, including onscreen text, text in the notes and the player to Microsoft Word or XML format. After translating the text, simply import it back in and it preserves all of your formatting.
In Scenario based Learning, you describe a situation, with a scenario. Then, you show several situations using scenarios, to help learners understand the real situation. Using similar scenarios, you also explain how learners can avoid such situations. Articulate Storyline is a convenient tool for creating scenario based eLearning. What are your comments and experiences with this tool, do share!