7. Story-Based Questions

Here’s the Story-Based Questions learning interaction from my eBook, Engaging Interactions For eLearning:

Description: Present a story to the learner (using text, images, and/or video) and allow them to react by selecting from multiple options that may occur in the real-world scenario. Their options should be represented as buttons or links on the screen.

Show descriptive feedback based on the learner’s selection. For example, instead of just saying, "Correct," say, "Your manager gives you a huge compliment for choosing to take action instead of ignoring the situation."

For a more immersive experience, describe a scenario where the learner is a character in a story. Give them ownership for their decisions. Encourage them to choose correctly so they can succeed in the story and eventually on-the-job.

Example: Consider this scenario:

You are asked to make a critical purchasing decision at your company based on certain criteria. You’ll need to justify this decision to the executives at a board meeting. What steps would you take to reach your decision?

You could present the learner with several options – with a checkbox next to each option, or provide an open text field for their response.

Level(s) of Interaction: 2, 3
Knowledge Type(s): Factual
Conceptual
Procedural
Metacognitive

Who doesn’t like a good story? Story-based questions do a better job of putting the learner in a real-world situation. They let the learner make a decision based on the context of a scenario, instead of just answering a boring question that is overly-academic. People remember stories, and stories help them understand what to do if they encounter a similar scenario. This is known as knowledge transfer: Can the learner translate what they learned to the real-world? Consider using story-based questions when and where appropriate. You may also sequence several of them together to create a choose your own adventure-type scenario.

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