Real life scenarios can be incorporated into eLearning through including realistic dialogues, scenario based question prompts, and interactive task-based simulations in learning modules. All of these instructional strategies are adaptable to a wide range of learning objectives.
Dialogues are a versatile tool for including real-life scenarios in eLearning content. Many of the most popular eLearning content authoring tools, including Adobe Connect and Articulate Studio products, include numerous features to help users include story panels and dialogue in their eLearning content. These features include libraries of characters and images designed to help users create dialogue scenarios.
It is also possible to incorporate realistic situations into the assessments and knowledge checks included in a course. Simply writing questions that ask learners how they would respond in a given situation can be an effective way of assessing their understanding. Depending on the learning objectives, these can be multiple-choice questions, or they can be open-ended free-response questions. An increasingly popular method of incorporating scenarios into eLearning is by having learners respond to videos by creating their own recordings.
Interactive task-based scenarios will vary greatly depending on what industry the e-learning is designed for, but they might include ordering tasks or simulated customer interactions. These real life scenarios provide an excellent opportunity for learners to practice their skills in a low-stakes environment.