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SBLi & Scenario Based Learning

One of my other interests in online pedagogy (and pedagogy in general) is scenario based learning. Part of the Problem Based Learning family. As with e-Portfolio practice, SBL can be used to help students prepare for professional life (Errington, 2010).

At the University of Canberra Invasive Animals CRC has been using SBLi to create scenarios that highlight the complexities associated with attaining effective pest management, and how easy it is to implement solutions that lead to other problems. Some of these scenarios can be found here:

The Law faculty, through Sarah Ailwood, also has been piloting Scenario Based Learning since 2009. The Teaching and Learning Centre (through myself and Arshad Hussanee) have worked closely with Sarah one earlier scenarios providing technical support, scenario design support, evaluation support, and also collaborated with her to disseminate the design and impact of the strategy. If you would like see an online SBLi scenario from UC, Sarah Ailwood' public SBLi Law scenario can be found here: 

This scenario is a good example of contextualising concepts and content for students. It raises student awareness of the various institutions related to their chosen profession, as well as showing them how the profession relates to society and everyday life. SBLi also has branching/decision features, which can allow the students to make decisions and learn from mistakes.

Since Sarah needed to upload the scenario for delivery this week, I worked with the IT department to re-access our existing SBLi server installation. As it happens we hadn't used it since 2011 and the access details had gone missing. Besides that, the existing server version is too old to support the new builder software features, and so the only option going forward was to do fresh install of the new version (2.0) and set new credentials. This all aligns very well with ambitions Law have to pilot SBLi more widely, so it's best if the server is up to date. The new server version also integrates with institutional authentication systems, meaning all staff can access the system using their own credentials. Combined with the free builder, this software represents a good deal for anyone interested in using scenario based learning online.


Errington, E.P (2010). Preparing Graduates for the Professions Using Scenario-based Learning. Brisbane. Post Pressed. isbn: 978-1-921214-66-0 url:


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