Scenario-based learning (SBL) is a method of using specifically designed scenarios for interactive teaching. This learning strategy is ideal for tackling problem-based, case-based, and real-life learning situations in a safe environment. Learners are typically presented with a situation or storyline that presents a complex problem. They are then required to apply their previous knowledge, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving to discover the best pathway or solution.
The advantages of this type of learning are numerous and include opportunities for immediate feedback, team collaboration, real-world thinking, and application in a safe environment where negative outcomes do not harm stakeholders or equipment. Each stage of the scenario can be designed to use some aspect of previously learned knowledge or challenge the application of newly acquired skills.
Scenario-based learning can be used in a wide range of different industries and contexts to replicate real-world problems. These learning opportunities can often be difficult to obtain or create in the workplace without risking significant harm or consequences. Some possible examples of using scenario-based learning include:
At Allen Interactions, our instructional simulations are based on authentic scenarios to help learners prepare for real-life situations in a safe environment.