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Introduction to scenario-based learning design

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Joshua Underwood
19 November 2012

Flick through the slides and start thinking about scenarios you might develop for your design challenge.

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Joshua Underwood
10:15 on 5 December 2012 (Edited 13:20 on 21 December 2012)

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Joshua Underwood
10:57am 21 November 2012

Developing scenarios involves telling stories related to your design but how can you ground these?

  • What don't you know about the context of your learning design?
  • How might you find out more? What methods might you use?

Any suggestions?

Jane Challinor
11:28am 17 January 2013

Hi Joshua

thanks for this clear and helpful introduction. My one puzzle at this stage is why does a scenario concentrate on just one person to create a scenario? The context I want to describe will have different people of different abilities. How does this process help - or is the idea to create lots of personas??

Joshua Underwood
11:58am 17 January 2013

Hi Jane

You can have more than one person in your scenario and/or develop various scenarios with different characters but I think you want to tell each one from one perspective (usually the user/learner perspective - in your case maybe several from several learners' perspectives). I think the core of the idea is to expose your understanding of how people you want to design for may interact with your design in quite a concrete and accessible way. This helps you think out your design but also, when shared, helps others question, critic and elaborate your ideas about how it may work. Ideally, you may want to involve the people you are designing for in this process.

In fact, maybe this is what you are asking? Why does just one person create a scenario? Needn't be like that, you can develop scenarios collaboratively...

Hope that helps. For more about Personas see

Nielsen, Lene (2013): Personas. In: Soegaard, Mads and Dam, Rikke Friis (eds.). "The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Ed.". Aarhus, Denmark: The Interaction Design Foundation. Available online at

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Jane Challinor
1:13pm 17 January 2013

Thanks Joshua

I did mean "can I have more than one person in a scenario" but actually it is interesting what you say about creating a scenario collaborativley. That sounds like a good piece of work to do with the project team.


Joshua Underwood
1:15pm 17 January 2013

Great Jane, look forward to reading what you (plural) produce.

You might start individually and elaborate each others stories or you might do it some other way. Shared Google Docs can be useful for this but I'm sure people will come up with other strategies and tools too.

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