But First, Why Scenarios?
Scenarios cover areas of learning activity that are more difficult to reach than traditional forms of training. The psychomotor, or ‘skills’ phase of learning, is outside the normal scope of simply reading and memorizing. For a greater understanding of course material, occasionally an Instructional Designer must dip into his/her bag of tricks and pull out a scenario. As an added bonus, scenarios enable the learner to put their new skills into practice within a safe environment, one with zero impact on the learner’s organization.Read More
If you’re reading this chances are you’re thinking about how effective and engaging your eLearning courses are right now. You’re also probably thinking: How do I know if a course is “beneficial?” How can I tell if it’s going to help our employees gain knowledge, develop skills, or change behaviors?Read More
The retail sector, it seems, is getting tougher by the minute. From big name technology outlets like HMV and Jessops, to fashion brand closures like Republic, many stores are struggling just to keep their doors open in todays tough economic climate, and those that are staying afloat face a faster pace of work than ever in order to remain competitive. The stores that are surviving are the ones that have embraced digital methods and not just when it comes to e-commerce.E-learning is a vital training resource for any e-retailer: it makes training their staff easier, quicker and ultimately more effective. The 3 following factors will maximise the efficiency of any retail e-learning strategy, so if youre a retail manager, its time to take note!
Adriann Haney | 03/05/2013
Scenario based learning is one of the principles for workplace learning as defined by Forum Corporation. In essence, if you make learning relevant to both learner and organization, everyone wins. The challenge is how do we accomplish this? One way is to break learning down into smaller pieces. This is not rocket science and seems easy enough. However, when you are the one within your organization that is looking to implement this suggestion, you probably start wondering What does this look like? So, one way that this could look like is in a form of scenario based learning. As described by Ray Jimenez, Ph.D., Scenario-Based Learning (SBLs) are high-interactive and high-discovery methods of learning that put the learner on the spot. SBLs have proven to help learners learn in areas where the subjects involve risks, emotional experience, behavioral changes, decision making, and social learning. SBLs embed learning into a story in order to engage the learner and get them to think and react. Like great storytelling, the trick is to help learners find the heart and hidden wisdom while keeping them entertained and attentive.
Scenario-based learning is the technique, while the story is the soul. When you use storytelling, it has to be organic, real and authentic. The story allows the reader, audience or learner to learn from it. (Ray Jimenez)
So how long does a scenario need to be? There is no exact length but the scenario needs to be long enough so that you can accurately describe a situation or scenario that the learner would likely find themselves in. That might take a few sentences, 1 paragraph, half a page or more depending upon how complex your information. You can even use micro-scenarios; short, instant and very brief scenarios that drive home a point. Here are a few areas where Dr. Jimenez recommends using a micro-scenario:
Adriann Haney | 10/12/2012
Bigger office, more support staff and new international sales people: thats the next-steps game-plan for Omniplex as the eLearning and training software business expands in Europe and the US.
Having exceeded year-on-year growth rates of over 40 percent, Omniplex's move to larger UK offices this month marks the next step in the company's development programme. The business will recruit new eLearning training experts and boost sales capabilities in its UK and US markets over the next 12 months. While also expanding to the provision of accredited eLearning training for our customers.
The ability to develop unique relationships with a small portfolio of carefully chosen world-class eLearning software suppliers is the key contributor to the company's success says Omniplex MD Matthew Lloyd: Our formal partnerships with best-of-breed training software providers such as Articulate, Absorb and Yukon are fuelling growth for us at a time when new products like Articulate Storyline are gaining real traction in the L&D market.
Omniplex is an official partner for Articulate in the UK and is uniquely equipped to offer the countries only certified Articulate training courses. Increased demand for the companys formally accredited Articulate training courses will be met by expanding on-site training capabilities in the new UK office.
Located in St Albans in Herts, just 1 minutes walk from St Albans train station, the new Omniplex eLearning training facility opens this month. See the location on GoogleMaps.
Read more about the next Omniplex accredited eLearning training courses available in the UK.
Articulate Studio Certified Training
Articulate Storyline Certified Training
Instructional Design Certified Training
Adriann Haney | 08/09/2012