Tim Frevert Scenario Based Learning

Scenario Based Learning
What is Scenario Based Learning?

  • Puts students in carefully crafted, authentic situations or problems (Clark, 2009).
  • Students are given a list of goals that need to be accomplished and they are tasked with figuring out how to accomplish the goals.
  • Experts are also available for guidance to reach these goals.

Why SBL?

  • SBL is best for teaching non-routine tasks that involve judgment and decision making, trouble shooting, most forms of analysis, or many sales/managerial tasks.
  • SBL is more for students who already have a little experience with the task (Clark, 2009)

When to Consider SBL

  • Are the skills you need to build based on judgment and
  • problem solving?
  • Are the job skills slow to build because of scarcity or
  • unpredictability of the real-world events that lead to
  • experience?
  • Do your learners have some relevant job experience?
  • Do you have access to subject matter experts to define
  • scenarios and underlying decisions?
  • Will your learners find SBL relevant and motivational?

Review Results

  • A review is necessary in order to better the learning environment for future students (Kindley, 2002)
  • The instructor can then revise the scenarios to better suit the students and improve concept learning.