Benefits of Scenario-based Learning in university education

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Title: Benefits of Scenario-based Learning in university education
Authors: Elliott-Kingston, Caroline
Doyle, Owen P. E.
Hunter, Alan
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Date: 2016
Abstract: As an applied science, horticulture is particularly suited to interactive teaching and learning methods.  Much of the undergraduate learning in horticulture is passive; therefore, more active learning strategies should be introduced. One such active learning technique is scenario-based learning (SBL).  This form of learning allows students to apply academic knowledge to a simulated 'real-life' situation.  It is particularly suited to promoting group participation and learning.  Its use provides students with the opportunity to recognise and solve problems, to think critically and to develop teamwork skills.  Recently, an SBL project was introduced to the Fruit Production (HORT30190) undergraduate module at University College Dublin.  In order to implement the project, the class was divided into groups and each group was required to establish a hypothetical commercial dessert, culinary or cider apple orchard in Ireland.  The groups were required to consider site characteristics, growing and pruning systems, rootstocks, cultivars, pollinator selection and planting density. They presented their results in class using posters and submitted a personal learning journal associated with the project, both of which were assessed by staff. Student response to the SBL project was evaluated for benefits such as increased understanding of course material, acquisition of transferable skills and enjoyment of the learning method. This project is an example of formative assessment in action.  Scenario-based learning allows students to contextualise learning while acquiring transferable skills.  It is suitable for implementation in a wide range of diverse university modules.
Funding Details: European Research Council
University College Dublin
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: International Society for Horticultural Science
Keywords: Experiental learningStudent-centredTransferable skillsHorticultural educationTeamwork
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1126.13
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Biology & Environmental Science Research Collection
Agriculture and Food Science Research Collection

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