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Using Virtual Scenarios to Create Effective Learning

St George's, University of London via FutureLearn


Develop the knowledge to create your own effective virtual scenarios

Virtual scenarios are online educational resources which help learners explore real world decisions, making both good judgements and errors in a safe environment. They are used to prepare professionals to deal with a range of workplace challenges.

On this course you will explore this technology, learning how to use virtual scenarios in your own teaching or training. You will learn from educators who are part of the WAVES network, and from experts across academia and business who provide training that spans disciplines such as medicine and health, legal and engineering.

This course is for teachers and trainers in any discipline who wish to create their own virtual scenarios, or learn about this approach. The course will also be of value to those studying or interested in working in education disciplines or instructional design.

No specific software is needed to participate in the course, but the Virtual Scenario authoring software (OpenLabyrinth and Casus) demonstrated within the course are examples of technology available to author your own Virtual Scenario and are suitable for delivering remote distance training or learning at scale. The examples showcase an open source and commercial product available for authoring Virtual Scenarios. During the course other suggested simple tools will be given for you to explore and download if you wish during week 3 of the course.


  • Scenario-Based Learning (SBL)
    • Introduction to the course
    • Introduction to Scenario-Based Learning (SBL)
    • Importance of storytelling
    • Cognition and decision making
    • Summary
  • Virtual Scenarios
    • The week ahead
    • Introduction to Virtual Scenarios (VS)
    • Planning a Virtual Scenario
    • Summary
  • Developing a Virtual Scenario
    • The week ahead
    • Virtual Scenario technologies
    • Tips on writing a Virtual Scenario
    • Creating your first Virtual Scenario
    • Summary

Taught by

Terry Poulton


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