Design experiences, not information

How did you learn to ride a bike? Did you watch an “Essential bicycling techniques” presentation and take a quiz? Or did you get on the bike and learn from your bruises and scrapes?

Let’s create a safe place for people to learn from experience.

Our job is to design an experience

More about this topic:

  • Throw them in the deep end: Studies show that learners who try to do something new before they’re completely prepared are better able to transfer their learning to new situations.
  • Why you want to use scenarios in your elearning: Imagine that you’re in a competition to overhaul an information-heavy course so it creates a real change in the world. What changes would you make? Check out this story-based presentation to see what one fictional company did.
  • Elearning example: Branching scenario: You’re a US Army sergeant in Afghanistan. Can you help a young lieutenant make a good impression on a Pashtun leader? That’s the challenge behind “Connect with Haji Kamal,” a thought-provoking branching scenario. Try the activity and learn how it was designed.
  • Sample branching scenario + cool tool: Your interpreter doesn’t speak English, so you have to learn his language as you rush to an important assignment. The experimental scenario demonstrates how we can “teach” by helping learners discover information realistically.
  • Scenarios: The good, the bad, and the preachy: Decision-making scenarios work best when they require realistic decisions and avoid preaching. This post compares mini-scenarios to highlight the importance of nuanced situations and realistic, “showing” feedback.
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