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Aug 8, 2023

Scenario-based learning takes learners beyond a short-term memory check, instead challenging them to respond to real-life situations. But how do we make sure they’re effective?

In this week’s episode of The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Ross G and Gemma are joined by instructional design superstar Christy Tucker to discuss:

·       Why scenario-based learning is effective

·       The characteristics of a great scenario

·       How to write scenarios that are realistic and challenging

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:

Christy referenced the work of Karl Kapp:

She also referenced Clark Quinn:

In ‘What I Learned This Week’, Christy discussed amigurumi:

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.


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·       Her course -

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Connect with our speakers 

If you'd like to share your thoughts on this episode, connect with our speakers:

·       Ross Garner

·       Gemma Towersey

·       Christy Tucker