Applying concepts of scenario-based learning

Devlin Peck has been a source of inspiration for me going back almost to my first instructional design project. His portfolio is full of creative and effective learning solutions. Plus, he provides pretty detailed explanations of his how he created each one. For this week’s inspiration, I’m looking back to Peck’s eLearning simulation Climbing to Creditville.

Even though this project is a simulation instead of being scenario-based, the project has many characteristics of a scenario. In the training, James is a recent college graduate learning about how his financial choices impact his credit, and how his credit impacts other aspects of his life. Ruth Colvin Clark explains that people learn from the consequences of their actions in scenario-based learning, and that’s exactly what Peck is doing here.


Peck also has some creative ways of providing other instructional resources in the form of a fictional podcast, infographic, video and web article. He makes this information available to the learner to inform them as they work through the simulation. This is another feature of effective scenario-based learning that Clark explains in her 2013 book Scenario-based eLearning.

I have referred back to Climbing to Creditville as an example of how to integrate additional learning resources into my eLearning, as well as how to structure scenarios that help people learn from and reflect on their actions during training.

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