Planning Scenarios


Learning outcomes

Plan scenarios where you need the learner to demonstrate learning outcomes. These will be more relevant to you and the learner. It’s important to respect the learner's time and ability and plan scenarios that are valuable learning experiences.  

To that end, scenarios should be as short as possible, whilst feeling realistic. If the scenario is dramatic then use fast-paced scenes and time limits on decisions to put the learner under pressure. 

You can use microlearning interventions to support learning outcomes if a learner isn’t quite right or needs help - but they should be optional and reactive to the scenario. Avoid telling people things they already know where possible.  


Relevance and authenticity

Pick scenarios that you can make as realistic as possible. If you are going to need CGI from Weta it’s not going to be the right scenario. Work with what you have, get in any additional talent that you need but the focus should be realism and authenticity. It’s possible to keep it simple and affordable and use the teams at hand to create great scenarios. 


Storyboarding the scenario

Use the course editor to storyboard the scenario. Start at the beginning, set the scene, then work towards the learning objectives. Use branching to show the consequences of decisions, or provide more context in the form of micro-interventions.  Use the storyboard editor to map out the scenario with your team and walk through the scenario before you shoot. 


Scripts and camera positions

Use placeholder scenes to describe what is going to happen. Enter as much detail as you can, including the camera position (i.e. head-mounted, end of the bed, entering the room, etc), any scripts or dialogue, and any actions that are required.  If you include all the detail required, other people may be able to produce the module for you.   


Organising a shoot


If you’ve planned properly, shoots are usually straightforward and don’t require a lot of time. We’ve seen shoots with a lot of footage put together in an hour. The key is if your team knows what they’re doing and doesn’t need lots of takes or attempts. If you are using actors you may need rehearsals beforehand, especially if there are a lot of technical terms. 

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