e-Learning Scenario Essentials: What You Need to Know

Scenarios drop your learners into the situation you want them to learn, so they’re getting an authentic simulation of what they’ll experience in real life. When your learners experience a scenario, they’re more likely to remember the skills they’ve learned later on the job.Here’s what you need to create a successful e-Learning scenario:

  1. Knowledge of your audienceYou need to know your learners to create authentic and effective e-Learning. You want to be relevant to your audience, so be sure to do your research so that you can relate to your learners.For example, some learners would love to be a part of the scenario, which makes it relevant. Plus, it’s hard to miss the main points when they’re stuck in the middle of the scenario. However, other learners already have a hands-on experience every day and would value an opportunity to watch a scenario play out without actually being part of it. Know your audience, so you can choose to use an up-close or reflective perspective. For even more audience-focused training, consider the different learning styles: How to Accommodate the 4 Learning Styles in Your Online Training.
  2. An organized planMap out the whole scenario before you begin developing it, especially if it has multiple and complex branches. One way to plan ahead is with storyboarding, where you can visually see how the scenario will branch and all the paths it could take your learner on. You can find tons of storyboarding resources here: Thursday’s Trending e-Learning Topic: Storyboarding.
  3. A SME (if you’re doing a real-life scenario)If you’re creating a real-life scenario, such as simulating exactly what the learner will be doing on the job, you want to get an expert’s input. This is where your subject matter expert (SME) is extremely valuable. Check in with your SME throughout the development stage to make sure your scenario is accurate to the real-life job setting. To make the most of your SME relationship, check out this blog post: Working with Subject Matter Experts.
  4. The appropriate feedbackProvide “showing,” not “telling” feedback to your learners in the scenario. You can do this by showing learners what will happen as a result of their decisions in the scenario. This way, they’re learning from experience, and you’re not interrupting the scenario with “telling” feedback. To learn more about giving constructive feedback, read this blog post: 4 Tips to Give Helpful Feedback to Your Learners.

Use these essentials when you’re creating your next e-Learning scenario!For more tips on creating scenarios, read this blog post: Building Scenario-Based e-Learning Courses.Subscribe to the Lectora® e-Learning Blog for all our posts on learning techniques, development strategies and more!