Sunday, March 2, 2008

5 Sure Shot Ways to 'Muck Up' Your Learning Scenario


"Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won't have time to make them all yourself," said Alfred Sheinwold an eminent bridge player.

Here are some mistakes that I have made when creating learning scenarios for scenario-based learning. Try them to 'Muck Up' yours!

  1. Think creative writing and include problems and challenges that are rare and few.
  2. Think wide-based usage and create characters that are non-representative of the target learner group.
  3. Think novel writing and use long descriptions of people, places and events.
  4. Think technical writing and make them non-conversational.
  5. Think mystery writing and leave a lot to learner’s imagination.

2 comments:

Clark Starr on March 4, 2008 at 9:01 PM said...

The number one thing I see developers do wrong is forget that the correct path of a scenario is actually a single narrative that should make sense on it's own. It should be a "story" that hangs together on it's own. I think if people start doing it this way, they'll wind up with much more engaging scenarios. Another problem is I think people neglect to read their scripts aloud, a simple trick to ensuring that you're writing believable scripts.

Poojasm on March 6, 2008 at 11:39 AM said...

Thank you for adding that point, Clarkk. In one of our projects, we organized a 'Scenario Reading' event. The purpose was to read out the scenarios with the correct decision points as mini stories. Th audience comprised people outside the project. The activity helped us refine our scenarios.

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