In eLearning, scenarios play an important role in designing an interactive and engaging course. They can be used to add realism to the courses by narrating the key concepts and it is a way of relating an individual’s experience. It helps learners’ to think out of the box when work-related situations are discussed, thereby, helping the learner to absorb the content in an easy manner.
Scenarios also motivate and encourage the learners’ to overcome the difficulties, thereby helping to avoid mistakes in the real world.
When content is dry and text heavy, we adopt scenario-based learning as it is an effective strategy that makes the eLearning course engaging.
Let’s see some examples of how to use simple scenarios that can excite and engage learners.
Scenario 1: Game-Based Scenario
A scenario-based assessment poses the question as a challenge for the learners and enables them to think deeply, analyze all options provided, and evaluate what they have learned. By this scenario-based assessment, eLearning becomes engaging and effective for the learners.
Let’s take an example from our eLearning course, where the assessments were very different. For a correct answer, the learner got closer to the treasure and for an incorrect answer, he had to shell out coins. That was the scenario called the magic lamp scenario.
Here is a screenshot of the magic lamp scenario:
Scenario 2: Animated Characters–Based Scenario
Animated characters are commonly used in scenarios because they not only add visual effects to the course but also help learners throughout the course. They act as a narrator/coach/instructor to help learners learn as well as correct their mistakes wherever required. Using animated characters helps to make the course interesting and engaging.
For example, in the scenario shown below, when a learner tries new software, the character guides him or her to learn the software. But every time the learner does a mistake or misses a step, the character pops-up to guide them.
Here are the screenshots shown below.
Scenario 3: Character-Based Scenario
Characters/Avatars can be used in the eLearning course; they act as presenters. Use of avatars makes the course effective for the learners’ and provides the much needed excitement to take on the course. The use of avatar makes the course more interesting and engaging for the learners because it interacts directly with them.
Let’s take an example from an eLearning course that we have developed for training HR professionals on the recruitment process. In this course, we created a situation for Bob, who plays the role of a HR manager; he faces problems while recruiting the employees. By the end of the scenario the learners’ learn the process of recruitment. An avatar is represented as an instructor, who guides Bob throughout the course.
Here are the screenshots of the scenario.
Scenario 4: Conversational–Based Scenario
In this type of scenario, the characters converse leading to a learner-friendly approach. For example, two characters Bob, junior sales representative and David, a senior sales representative are discussing how to make an effective sales training. In this scenario, Bob is unable to sell his first product. So he takes the help of his senior. In this scenario, a conversion between the two characters help the learners to understand the skills that are necessary and imbibe the knowledge needed for successfully promoting their product or service.
Here are some screenshots of the scenarios:
I hope this blog has given you an insight of the different ways of using scenarios and making your eLearning course more engaging.
Please do share your thoughts!