Scenarios & Simulations: Bring Meaning to e-Learning


Chief Instructional Strategist, Allen Academy
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A common challenge that faces both designers of e-learning and the learners is how to avoid tedious, meaningless e-learning. Scenario-based modules and learning simulations are two approaches to design that can elevate a training opportunity. Scenario-driven designs enhance motivation by simulations, along with games and scenario-based modules are commonly accepted as an “advanced” type of e-learning. These approaches are closely related. Scenarios usually increase learner involvement and engagement through rich contexts and challenges that learners find meaningful. Simulations can be even more effective as they also engage the learner through real-life actions and intrinsic feedback and delayed judgment. Creating impactful scenarios and simulations depends on the insightful application of these instructional interactivity elements in your designs.

Join Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist, Allen Interactions, for this webinar where we will explore the power that scenario-based training and simulations can add to your design approach. We’ll outline specific design standards for effective modules and share 4 guiding principles to bring your content to life.

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About Ethan Edwards

Ethan Edwards draws from more than 30 years of industry experience as an e-learning instructional designer and developer. He is responsible for the delivery of the internal and external training and communications that reflect Allen Interactions’ unique perspective on creating Meaningful, Memorable, and Motivational learning solutions backed by the best instructional design and latest technologies. 

Edwards is the primary instructor for Allen Academy Certified Instructional Professional Program. In addition, he is an internationally recognized presenter on instructional design and e-learning, has written many e-books on creating effective e-learning. He is a frequent blogger for Allen Interactions’ Blog, and every so often heads out on the road to vlog about e-learning design as it relates to the world around us. Edwards holds a master’s degree and significant doctoral work in educational psychology from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.

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