If There Is a Fork In The Road, Can I Help The Hungry?
The technology chosen by my team is H5P branching scenarios. At the heart of this technology, we see scenario-based learning (SBL). On her blog, Kokoulina (2019) defines SBL as, “… an immersive training environment where learners meet realistic work challenges and get realistic feedback as they progress since everything that happens reflects the learner’s choices”. I would venture to add, that the word ‘work’ could be replaced with other verbs such as life, worldly or personal and cover a broader range of learning parameters.
For me, branching scenarios and at a deeper level, SBL offer a tool to explore a digital technology to reach online learners. My focus is to bring a realistic, empathy-based, digitally embedded tool into online courses for secondary students who struggle with anxiety and depression. Can branching scenarios be that tool? Is there a place for scenario-based learning in mental health literacy for youth?
The literature is heavily weighted in healthcare usage of simulation teaching (Al-Elq, A. H.,2010). However, it was becoming clear as our team navigated the research, more and more work is being done with branching scenario technology outside of healthcare. Not just in terms of how to make it cheaper and easier to use (Bell et al., 2008), but how it works within learning frameworks (Battista, 2017) and how the brain responds to learning through simulations (Cardoza, 2011). Scenario-based learning is a fascinating field; I can already see the myriad of potentials and pitfalls and look forward to exploring them in greater detail in the coming weeks.
Al-Elq, A. H. (2010). Simulation-based medical teaching and learning. Journal of family & community medicine, 17(1), 35-40. doi:10.4103/1319-1683.68787
Battista, A. (2017). An activity theory perspective of how scenario-based simulations support learning: a descriptive analysis. Advances in Simulation, 2(1), 23. doi:10.1186/s41077-017-0055-0
Bell, B. S., Kanar, A. M., & Kozlowski, S. W. J. (2008). Current issues and future directions in simulation-based training in North America. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19(8), 1416–1434. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585190802200173
Cardoza, M. P. (2011). Neuroscience and Simulation: An Evolving Theory of Brain-Based Education. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 7(6), e205-e208. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2011.08.004
Kokoulina, O. (2019). Beginner’s guide to scenario-based learning, eLearning blog; Retrieved on April 15, 2021, from: https://www.ispringsolutions.com/blog/scenario-based-learning