25. Solving a Mystery / Investigating a Scenario

Here’s the Solving a Mystery / Investigating a Scenario learning interaction from my eBook, Engaging Interactions For eLearning:

Description: Place the learner in a story as a character that must investigate or do research to solve a puzzle or problem. Have them obtain information from several sources and then decide upon a final conclusion.

The learner should have to obtain clues found in pseudo-real-world sources. For example, show images of file cabinets that the learner must open to find clues; show people that the learner must interview; show documents that they must read for more information, etc.

Use examples of information sources that the learner would encounter on-the-job.

Example: Consider these scenarios:

You are a doctor evaluating a new patient. Use the available resources to make your diagnosis.

You are a police officer investigating a robbery. Use the available resources to build your case and find the criminal.

Level(s) of Interaction: 3, 4
Knowledge Type(s): Factual
Conceptual
Procedural
Metacognitive
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2 Responses to “25. Solving a Mystery / Investigating a Scenario”


  1. 1 Susan Cloud April 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    This is a great idea! And I want to add that it’s important to make the “environment” as realistic to the job situation as possible. Really try to put the learner in the situation in which they will use this knowledge or skill.

  2. 2 Abdul December 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for posting this. This is good to develop interactive elearning. Great idea to make scenario.


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