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602 Set the Stage: Make eLearning Relevant and Authentic with Scenarios

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 21

Tracks: Instructional Design

“What does this have to do with me?” is the question learners often ask when taking eLearning. Many instructional designers struggle when faced with dry or dense content. Often, the training feels disconnected from learners’ day-to-day work. Because learners view it as irrelevant, they’re less likely to remember their training and less motivated to change their behavior. What you need is a way to help learners recognize the relevance of the elearning you create—and, you hope, to improve performance.

In this session, you’ll learn how to create relevant and authentic scenarios to enhance your eLearning and improve performance. First, you’ll learn tips for creating characters who learners can identify with and recognize from their workplace. Next, you’ll see different techniques to “set the scene” and create an authentic context for the scenario through both language and media. You’ll learn how crafting realistic challenges and conflicts helps engage learners and drive the scenario forward. Finally, you’ll see how giving learners opportunities to make decisions with consequences in authentic scenarios helps eLearning feel immediately relevant. You’ll leave this session with an approach to weaving different aspects of scenarios together to bring your eLearning to life.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why scenarios help eLearning feel immediately relevant to learners
  • How to create relevant and authentic scenarios in eLearning
  • Tips for creating realistic characters that learners identify with
  • Techniques to “set the scene” and provide authentic context in scenarios
  • How to craft realistic conflicts and challenges
  • Tips for bringing dry content to life

Christy Tucker

Learning Experience Design Consultant

Syniad Learning

Christy Tucker is a learning experience design consultant at Syniad Learning with over 15 years of experience helping people learn. She specializes in using scenario-based learning to engage audiences and promote transfer of skills to real-world environments. She has created courses for clients including Cisco, FIRST, the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Christy has been blogging about instructional design and eLearning for over 10 years.