Top Expert E-learning Scenario Tips Mike Taylor

Top Expert E-learning Scenario Tips

Recently, Bryan Jones (@elearningart) from eLearningArt invited me and a whole slew other eLearning people (59 of us) to share their single best tip for creating effective eLearning scenarios.

He asked everyone this question:

What’s your #1 tip for creating effective eLearning scenarios?

And, here’s how I responded:

Give learners an opportunity to solve a realistic problem before they’ve been taught the solution

Consider using scenarios to replace some of your traditional passive methods of presenting information. For example, give learners an opportunity to solve a realistic problem before they’ve been taught the solution. Shifting learners from passively receiving information to actively processing it has significant benefits. Research suggests that this scenario-based approach can lead to “desirable difficulties” that enhance learning and retention

If you want to see a summary of all 60 tips, you can check out the video below:

Or visit the full scenario tips post to see all the detailed responses.

All of the responses fell into these 13 categories:

  1. Keep it real
  2. Make it relevant
  3. Follow a structured approach
  4. Plan and analyze before you build
  5. Keep the learning objectives and outcomes in mind
  6. Tell a story
  7. Provide accurate context
  8. Find nuance in the scenario
  9. Consider scenario choices carefully
  10. Collaborate with your subject matter experts
  11. Collaborate with your actual learners
  12. Challenge your learners
  13. Let learners experience consequences

Scenarios are one the most effective types of eLearning. This is a great collection of advice from top experts that can help you get started with using scenarios in your work. And even if you´re already using scenarios, I´ll bet you´ll find at least one new idea you can add to what you´re already doing.

Do any of these stand out to you as a favorite? What would your scenario advice be?

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