Scenario in eLearning assessments is where you present a problem to the learner, and ask to select a best solution from the given options. Scenarios help to make assessments more interesting and can help in evaluating the learning outcomes at a higher level. Scenarios make eLearning quite interesting and they add life to evaluations.
An effective scenario should be created in such a way that the learner needs to:
- Analyze the problem
- Apply the learning from the course
- Identify the best solution
Tips to Create Effective Scenarios
Tip 1 – Consider On-the-job Problems: The problems should be those that the learners are likely to come across in their actual job. Such scenarios will help them think about the practical problems of their job and how to solve them in advance. This will raise the interest levels of the learners and will increase their confidence in the job role.
Tip 2 – Present a Challenge: Scenarios should be framed to help learners think at a more complex level to arrive at a solution. Simple situations whose answer is quite easy to find do not add value to the evaluation. Instead, they make the course worthless and are mere waste of learners’ time.
Tip 3 – Create Plausible Options: The options given for the scenario must all seem to be plausible answers. They must differ slightly, with the difference being the critical points that were taught in the eLearning. This will compel the learners to think about the problem at a more deeper level and make them recall all the key points that were critical to their job role.
Tip 4 – Avoid Confusing Scenarios: A scenario must always be a simple, clear, and a realistic situation. It should never be an incomplete or confusing situation. Present the situation in a clear and logical order, where the learner has a clear picture of who are involved in the situation, what is the problem, and what is he/she expected to answer.
You now know that, for an effective scenario, the question and its options are vital, and how to create it. Make a note that how you present the scenario is also very important. In my next blog, I will share a few interesting ways to present the scenarios.