July 21, 2020

Confusion is Good for Learning | 1 min read

Have you taught your students a new topic but majority got confused? Say, programming. You explained the logic as easy as you can but they don’t get it. Upon observing, you noticed that some figured out alternative ways to make their code work. While few even used a technique not found in books. That’s when confusion is good – it leads to discovery, decision making and problem solving.

One good way to incorporate confusion is by using Scenario-Based Learning (SBL). SBL uses interactive scenarios, relatable and based on real life, to encourage active learning. It is usually based around a complex problem which they are required to solve.

Through SBL, what students learn sticks with them, it improves their problem solving skills, provides exploration, encourages them to make mistakes, be confused and learn through feedback and clearly shows a cause and effect relation.

Compared to other passive eLearning techniques, SBL is motivating, engaging, relevant, experiential and memorable. If implemented properly, students can even apply what they’ve learned later in life. They’re not only learning facts and concepts, Scenario-Based Learning also teaches soft skills, compliance, professional skills and leadership skills.

In the topic that you are teaching right now, do you think you can make use of Scenario-Based Learning?