Scenario Based Learning

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In recent years, scenario based learning has become an increasingly popular way to motivate and engage learners. This type of learning involves presenting employees with realistic, hypothetical scenarios and asking them to solve the problems that arise. Unlike traditional instruction methods, which can often be dry and boring, scenario based learning makes use of real-world examples to help employees learn how to apply their knowledge in practical situations. As a result, this type of learning can be both motivating and engaging for employees.

Scenario based learning provides the learner with motivating and engaging elearning experiences. Scenarios provide a number of different choices to a question, so the learner can select the correct option to complete the learning experience. This includes the learner in the learning experience because he/she must make a real-life choice to answer the scenario question. Scenario based learning is an excellent way to achieve desired learning outcomes while also providing an engaging and fun learning experience for the learner.

Being active in one’s learning is essential to acquiring and mastering new skills and knowledge. An active learner is engaged in the material, making decisions and seeing consequences – this is active learning. In contrast, a passive learner only receives information without having to do anything with it; this type of learning does not engage the learner and is less effective. Situations which require learners to take action by making decisions and seeing consequences is a much better way of learning than being passive; active learning engages the learner and allows them to practice the information they have learnt. Scenarios require learners to actively use the information they have learnt to make the correct decision; this is active learning in action. Active learning is a more effective way of learning than passive learning; it engages the learner, allows them to practice new skills and knowledge, and see consequences. Being an active learner leads to a deeper understanding of material and better retention of information.  According to Whybrow, “Situations which require learners to take action by making decisions and seeing consequences is a much better way of learning than being passive.”[1] Scenarios require learners to actively use the information they have learnt to make the correct decision. This is active learning.

In order to be an active and engaged learner, individuals need to be motivated by their experiences. Scenario based learning is the perfect way to provide employees with a motivating and engaging elearning experience that will help them learn new skills and knowledge essential to their work life. If you want to learn more about how scenario based learning can benefit your employees, contact us for more information. We would be happy to discuss this approach further with you and answer any questions you may have.

[1] Li Whybrow, April 10, 2015. Branching Scenario eLearning: 5 Killer Examples Accessed April 29, 2017 from https://elearningindustry.com/branching-scenario-elearning-5-killer-examples

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