This is a type of model that your course can take. It allows engagement to happen during the program because it immerses the trainees in simulations that refer to real life situations. This is when activities and certain areas in the training program require the learner to tap into knowledge and skills that they use on a regular basis. It will help them develop skills that will be useful in the future.
Using this type of learning will help your learners and trainees in a lot of ways.
First of all, it motivates the learners to complete the program because they know that whatever they will learn can be applied in their life. For instance, a sales representative will pay attention to a course that they know will help them practice their selling skills.
Another thing that will work to your advantage is the way the scenario based learning makes it easier to see the rewards of the course. Since the simulations will be something that the learners can relate to, it will easy for them to identify with the rewards that will be reaped after the course is done.
The last benefit of this learning technique is they way it will not overwhelm your trainees with information. A scenario based training program will be custom fit for the trainees. While they will be getting additional information and learning after the program, the foundation of the program will be based on things that they already know. When you give learners some simulations, it will not be difficult for them to come up with the knowledge base that will help them choose the skill set to overcome obstacles in the program.
Of course, if you will use this technique in your training program, it is important that you do it correctly. There are qualities that need to be present to incorporate a scenario based learning in your course.
First is it has to be realistic. Make the scenarios as realistic as possible. Remember that you need to help them relate to every simulation that you will create for them to overcome.
The next thing that you need to remember is your course should be custom fit for your learners. That means you have to understand who they are, what they need and how they can easily relate to your course. This knowledge will allow you to create scenarios that they will understand and react to.
Every time you create a scenario, make sure that it applies learning strategies that learners have gathered from the course. This way, they can apply the enhanced knowledge and skills appropriately. The application of a concept, as compared to merely reading it, will help with retention.
Lastly, you want to make your training program as interactive as possible. If you cannot make learners interact with each other, make sure the individual learner is able to interact with your program through well crafted activities. For instance, creating a character that the learners can relate to and making them decide the fate of that character through questions and answers can be one way to implement this.
This technique in your training program is a great way to combine learning and immersion in one course.
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