Your Game Plan for Designing and Developing Mini-Scenarios

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DevLearn 2017 Conference & Expo - October 25, 2017

Angela Shertzer

Instructional Designer
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

A carefully executed eLearning scenario can pull people into a real-world application of new concepts and skills. Yet it’s rare that instructional designers have the time to create immersive scenarios with complicated branching and feedback. Under a tight deadline to redesign an online course in practical ethics, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences still wanted to give students practice making realistic decisions before they began working with real patients.

In this case study session, you’ll learn how the college used realistic mini-scenarios throughout an online healthcare ethics course to encourage relevant decision-making and give people experience with the situations they should expect to encounter in the workplace. Mini-scenarios like these can encourage practical application in meaningful ways, and they take less time and resources to create than full scenarios. You’ll learn how to work with subject matter experts to write true-to-life scenarios as well as realistic feedback. At the end of this session, you’ll walk away with a practical model for designing and developing interactive mini-scenarios using common eLearning development tools.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why mini-scenarios are effective for practicing decision-making in real-world contexts
  • How to work with subject matter experts to develop realistic mini-scenarios
  • How to write effective feedback to maximize the learning opportunity
  • Tips for using common eLearning tools for simple mini-scenario development

Audience:
Novice to intermediate designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Articulate Studio (QuizMaker, Presenter) and Storyline, and Blackboard.

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