Here are 3 eLearning scenario treatments that help you bring online content to life.
Top eLearning Scenario Treatments To Bring Your eLearning To Life
The goal of any training is to impart learning messages and ensure your audience can put information into practice on the job in their daily roles. In reality, it is not as easy as it sounds and traditional text-based eLearning often misses the mark. From a learner’s perspective, content without context can lack meaning and fade from memory as quickly as it entered. The missing piece of the puzzle is to establish an immediately relatable connection, and visual scenarios can help you do just that. In this article, PulseLearning explore three eLearning scenario treatment options for bringing content to life in eLearning.
TREATMENT 1: Immersive simulations.
Simulation training is a growing demand in the eLearning industry. Simulation training is a virtual learning medium providing a safe practice ground for users to acquire new skills in a simulated environment. Even more value can be added by embedding scenarios into simulated experiences.
For example, perhaps you are teaching a new process for collecting customer details live and entering them in a software system. The communication points with the customer could play out through video or captioned photos. The learner then interacts with a system mockup as they would through a real situation. Emulating what actually happens is highly effective for knowledge retention.
TREATMENT 2: Interactive comic panels.
Comic panels are an effective and visually engaging technique to present real-life scenarios within a context-rich, narrative-driven setting. Each photo within the panel layout or items within an individual photo can be interactive, revealing aligned content through pop-up windows or text flags. This means learners can access and connect content from within an eLearning scenario, rather than before or after as in traditional solutions.
Images can be created using stock photography, or your own employee volunteers could be cast as characters. Using your own employees can significantly ramp up engagement as learners recognize the involvement of their fellow colleagues. In terms of visual treatment, photographs work well for more serious subject matter, and illustrations can be effective for adding to the storytelling experience. Photos can also be treated with filters to conceal identities or to create a new visual aesthetic.
TREATMENT 3: Multi-branching eLearning Scenario interactions.
Learners can be placed within a scenario using multi-branching interactions. For example, you might be teaching a new sales process. Video snippets could present sections of the interaction and, at key moments, learners are faced with a decision point where they can choose a course of action. This can be done by pausing the video and having learners select hotspots within the frame, or through inserting a multiple-choice question screen. A unique video response then plays depending on the learner’s selection showing the impact of their decision.
Multi-branching interactions are at the peak of learner-centric experiences where learners are in control, simulating the real-life situation and determining the outcome. This technique can also be effective using captioned photos instead of video.