Scenario-Based Learning (SBL) is a popular instructional strategy used in online training. Using real-life situations provides relatable and relevant learning experiences. Keep reading to learn more.
Scenario-Based Learning (SBL) is a popular instructional strategy used in online training. It uses real-life situations to provide relatable and relevant learning experiences to learners.
Digital Learning can often feel very ‘distanced’ from its real-life applications. Scenario based learning is proven to be effective in closing that gap. Immersing learning in real-life situations has significant benefits in comprehension, retention and application of learning outcomes.
Immersing learners into real-life situations comes with many benefits.
Scenario Based learning can be used in many different ways. L&D teams use scenario-based learning to:
From the learners’ perspective it provides:
Scenario-based learning works in many different industries and for many various topics. But it is definitely not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. There may be situations where it’s not an ideal fit.
For example, your client is rolling out a new software program. A quick reference or procedure manual would be a better fit for procedure-specific training than scenario-based learning.
Let’s look at a typical L&D team’s wishlist of a “successful learning strategy”:
Essentially, a “successful learning strategy” should help them create learning experiences that are:
These learning experiences should:
It is clear how these correlate closely with scenario-based approaches in online learning.
The key to successful scenario-based learning is to ensure that the content of the scenarios is relevant and relatable. A solid instructional design team can create effective scenarios that will extend and enhance learning outcomes, while adding to the engagement factor of an eLearning experience.