Story-based learning encourages and motivates learners to push their boundaries. Easy to remember and engaging, it brings learners (trainees) into the storyline, where they have to make choices that have certain consequences, and truly experience the outcome. 😯 This brings out emotions and ensures that learners remember what they’ve learned much better.
In simpler words, people tend to remember stories better than just plain theory or numbers. 💡
✅ When writing, pay attention to...
- What is the goal of making this scenario in the first place? What is the scenario topic and what do you strive to achieve with it? Will it be used for onboarding, for raising awareness, for improving soft skills or something else? 🤔
- Define what is useful to be learned in the chosen situation. Ask yourself: “What have I learned when I put off the headset?”. If you have a clear answer, you’re on the right track! For an easier decision, talk to an expert, someone who has experience in the situation and can give you advice on: why this training is important, possible procedures you should pay attention to, important things to be remembered, etc.
- Define the main player and any other characters in the story. From the beginning of the scenario, let the trainee know what their role is, whether they meet other characters and who they are. 🤝
- Define all the situations that should happen in the scenario and give them an order.
- Include challenges and consequences in the situations.
- 🌟 Challenges are needed to keep the trainees motivated, otherwise the training will be too easy for them. A challenge can be anything: remember something that was told to them, co-work with a difficult colleague, calm down an angry customer, etc.
- 💥 Consequences are needed as a form of feedback for the choice they made in a certain situation. When trainees see the customer leaving the room angry because they didn’t take care of the customer, or an object falling from the ceiling in the construction area and hurting their colleague because they didn’t check safety in the first place, trainees will easily remember they made the wrong choice and why.
- When you have everything defined, write the dialogues for your characters in second person (’you’) using simple and short questions to guide them from one situation to another.
- To create the perfect story outline that consists of all important ingredients, use our free story worksheet and create the perfect scenario!
- If you need inspiration on scenario topics you can develop, check our inspiration page!
❌ When writing, avoid...
- Challenges are needed, but don’t make situations too difficult because trainees might become frustrated and give up.
- Don’t make trainees only a spectator, but rather engage them in the situation and make them feel important. You can achieve this by letting the trainees do things in your story, such as: grab items, walk to different places, take action and talk to people. They should decide what to do. 🧐
- Don’t include too much theory for them to remember. When using a VR training, the focus should be on the experience and what they see in front of them, not learning manuals and instructions.
Interested in more?
➡️ Check our workshops for writing story-based scenarios and how we can help you improve! ➡️ Can’t see the scenario? Learn more about user roles and their permissions. ➡️ Check our tips & tricks on how to best film a scenario.