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Scenario-Based Learning

Write a brief summary of your thoughts about including Scenario-Based Learning in college


CIS2 Summer 2010

  • I believe that scenario based learning if not already should be implemented in every class to

some extent. It helps someone understand from a learners point of view other than an

knowledgeable or experts. I am currently taking a class called process management, it is

extremely hard because the teacher not only doesn't teach us but is very vague about what

expects from us. He is really bad at explaining things and if there was one thing I wish he did,

it would be implementing scenario based learning into his course so we have an idea how to

actually use the techniques and information that's being provided other than expecting us to try

to interpret the whole course. In my real estate class, the use SBL in it on every section, I can

easily breeze though sections because everything makes so much more sense and I can

relate it and understand it from my point of view (of learning).

  • Scenario based learning would be a great form of teaching that any professor could implement.

One thing I have noticed through out my education is that a lot of professors teach the topic

very well, but it is all complex and at times does not relate to past or future assignments. One

thing I always questioned about math, for example, was how does it relate to the real world,

until I got into college math courses. I would hope that more professors would implement real

life scenarios to help teach students certain skills. One section that I know this is being done

is in computer programming courses, where a lot of the lab assignments, although easy

compared to real world programs, have some piece of code that can be used in the real world. I

know other courses implement scenario based learning, but more professors should use it

more often than not.

  • I have had an impressive Scenario-Based Learning class when I was taking accounting class

during the last three quaters. My professor,Kevin Mello, gave me a lot of examples based on

his real life to help me understanding how accounting firms operate in real world and some

accounting calculation technic. The project he assigned in class were interesting and inspiring

too. I remember there was a project that asked me to compare Apple, Microsoft and Oracle,

how were they doing and what were their weakness and analyze one of the company. It was all

based on real life. Now that I am working for an internship in China, I know exactly how to deal

with accounting worksheets while others have only "knowledge".

In college education Scenario-Based-Learning seems quite important. After-all, college is a

place to teach students "how to do" rather than "what to do". SBL is actually an example of

how college professors can pass their real life experience in their work to their students. And

it's an effective way to pass down experience

  • I had a great experience in my Strategic management class which incorporated

Scenario-Based Learning. It is a class that must be taken by all business students before they

graduate. The professor provided all real life examples of the operations of a company, their

strategies and how they succeed. In addition, a project was assigned to groups where they

select a company and analyze their strategies and business model, perform external and

internal analysis etc. This was great as we were able to relate to how companies work and also

were able to relate to the course better (as compared to just learning plain theory). I felt this was important to to all business students who are graduating as knowledge of how

the "real world" works as oppose to theory is very important and we can better apply our


  • The class project will be my first experience with Scenario-Based Learning. It sounds like it

has practical classroom applications. I think it might be more successful in some classes than

in others. No matter the subject, you still have to learn the basics before you can apply them in

a "real world" situation. It sounds like the success of the experience has a lot to do with how

well the instructor embraces it and can incorporate it in the classroom.

  • I have seen good Foothill and De Anza College examples of scenario based training with their

Cisco lab. It demonstrates a lot real exposure to the actual real world scenarios that would be

seen on the actual router. It is a good way to view and practice the scenarios before working on

a live network.

  • Scenario-Based Learning would be a great to implement into college education, but only to a

certain extent. I would admit that it has sometimes help me figure problems out for math

especially, but there are some things that you can not set out and depend on Scenario-Based

Learning. It is hard to say what it could be used for and what it shouldn't be used for because

many people have their own way of learning in different subjects. Scenario-Based learning is

something students would have to learn in itself because I don't think all students can imagine

situations in there head in relation of college education. All and all, I believe it a nice idea, but it

would definitely have its down sides with particular students.

  • I think Scenario Based Learning can be used very effectively in classroom settings, especially

in medical schools, law schools, and business and finance education. Stanford ATLS, or ATLS

(Advanced Trauma Life Support), is a necessary class for all trauma doctors. The final

examinations and the classwork focuses on real life situations that help train doctors. I believe

that it is important to get students acquainted with such a learning mechanism early on, and

should be used in undergraduate education whenever possible. Life is not as clean as a

textbook, and there are several areas where problem solving skills and grey areas are involved.

I myself have not had a class with SBL, but I can see the merits of such a teaching method,

and would strongly advocate its use.

  • I think scenario-based learning is critical for a University education. Obtaining work experience

is invaluable for any student, not only during their time in school, but as they transition to the

professional world. There is that saying that "not everything can be taught in school", and

scenario based learning epitomizes this notion. Learning by doing is a very effective because it

helps you to develop skill sets that you might not even touch upon in a structured environment

of a school. Also, it imparts knowledge about the "real world", and how to formulate solutions

without being "told" how to do so. Most importantly, such an education challenges you to go

beyond your boundaries, and seek out new ways of approaching problems. In doing so, you

become a more valuable asset to society.

  • This will be my first experience with Scenario-Based Learning. I think that more classes should

implement this in their courses. This can help train people to be ready for the work world

because you actually get to experience real life scenarios rather than learning about everything

through a book or lecture. We can keep learn a lot about things, but it is no use if we cannot

implement what we learned into the real world. In this, we will learn how to use our skills to

react to real life situations.

  • If by Scenario-Based Learning you are referencing case studies, then I think it's absolutely a

critical tool in some classes, but not all. I feel like a case study for a business/finance class

would be much more effective than that of a biology class. There are certain classes where real

world application of concepts would help a student understand it better. I know that looking

back on some of my accounting classes, I always wondered how they would apply in the real

world. Now that I actually work in public accounting, I can see the concepts come back to me

and play a role in my everyday work. If I had done some Scenario-Based Learning in college in

those classes, I think it would've been a lot easier to understand, not to mention make the

classes more interesting.

  • I have had a great scenario-based learning experience. Last semester I had to give a

presentation to partners at the Big 4 accounting firms as a "consulting group" about the

implementation of IFRS in a small technology company. Actually having an interaction with

professionals and understanding accounting principles in the larger context of business

operations gave me a huge advantage for my internship this summer.

  • when you offer scenario based lessons you get to offer the student a chance to really be in the

middle of what the scenario is, kind of like mock trial. you get to have all the fun of the first

hand experience, but none of the hardships of if you actually had to experience that. you can

expect that you wont be able to 100 percent imitate a scenario, but the better someone has of

understanding what they are facing, the better change that that person has an opportunity to

react differently under similar situations.

  • I think Scenario-Based Learning is great. Sometimes, the only way to really understand

extremities is through case study style formats. It shows how problems are solved step by

step. It also shows how thing are done in reality. I think a big problem with education, and

getting people excited about learning is the relevancy. But through Scenario Based Learning

shows exactly how what you are learning is applied through real life situations.

  • Scenario-Based Learning for college students is essential towards obtaining a realization of

"the real world." Cal Poly's motto was "Learn by Doing." I am so appreciative for attending a

school that required 1,000 hours of hands on experience in addition to a 10-week 400-hour

internship in the field of my study BEFORE I could graduate.

Granted, some majors or classes can be taught through power points. However, having

students get into the custom of the actual application of theories, prepares them so much


  • I think scenario based learning is very effective and should be implemented whenever it can be.

Whenever something is being taught, the core theory must be given but it is almost always

necessary to use some kind of example. This is true in mathematics, and any other subject.

  • I honestly think scenario based learning should be incorporated into every class. This forces

students to actually demonstrate that they know the material. It also forces the teacher to

relate the material to real life scenarios which makes the teacher make an effort and actually

apply the material. I have been in multiple classes where the teacher does not apply the

material to real life scenarios and I feel like I always forget this material.

  • I think scenario-based learning is a great way for students to understand 'real world' situations.

It's an extremely relevant way to present an application of how skills translate to a real project.

In one of my classes, I was tasked with the editing process of a newspaper, and managing the

different articles, and finally compiling them into the newspaper. I learned a lot more of the

collaborative aspects of working as an editor, and the hardships of maintaining a tight timeline

and schedule.

  • I think scenario based learning should be used more often in college education. Too often we

get caught up with learning in the traditional sense that we don't stop to think that there may be

better ways to learn. Scenario based learning puts students in situations where they can

actually use the information they are learning in the course. It shows them how what they learn

can be practical.