Mind Tools L&D Podcast: Embracing Scenario-Based Learning

I recently had the pleasure of speaking about scenario-based learning with Ross Garner and Gemma Towersey on the Mind Tools L&D Podcast. We discussed how scenario-based learning takes learners beyond a short-term memory check, instead challenging them to respond to real-life situations.

In our discussion, we reflected on:

  • Why scenario-based learning is effective
  • The characteristics of a great scenario
  • How to write scenarios that are realistic and challenging
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Links and notes

Ross and Gemma have done such a nice job with the show notes that I’m stealing their list of links and notes about what we discussed (with some light editing).

During the discussion, Ross referenced that the French Horn isn’t actually French.

He also referenced Dr. Patti Shank’s book Write Better Multiple-Choice Questions to Assess Learning.

I referenced the work of Karl Kapp and Clark Quinn.

In ‘What I Learned This Week’, I discussed amigurumi, or crocheting 3D animals and objects.

The crochet kits I mentioned are from the Woobles. I have found them very helpful in getting started as a beginner. Here are some of my early projects, including the rainbow narwhal mentioned.

Amigurumi (crocheted stuffed toys). From left to right: A blue penguin, pink penguin, rainbow dinosaur, coffee cup, rainbow narwhal, and unicorn.

Ross discussed a video from Nicholas Thompson, CEO of The Atlantic, about a study on the impact of AI on radiology.

The full paper is online at:

Agarwal, N., Moehring, A., Rajpurkar, P., & Salz, T. (2023). Combining Human Expertise with Artificial Intelligence: Experimental Evidence from Radiology (No. w31422). National Bureau of Economic Research. https://www.nber.org/papers/w31422

Other podcasts

If you’re interested in listening to more podcasts, check out other episodes of the Mind Tools L&D podcast or try some of my past podcast interviews.

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