Most of us find books in the genre of the art of living or personality development as boring, yet writers have used storytelling as a tool to deliver some of the bestselling books, earning big dollars in revenue, in this genre!
Well, a gripping story line and an interesting cast of characters and unique situations can all help people retain the story and the learning for a long period. This is precisely the reason the tradition of bedtime stories continues. Who can forget those stories our parents, grandparents read to us, well, we all know the actual reason behind those stories was not to put children to sleep, they wanted their kids inculcate grow up with some virtues, and be responsible individuals.
In the digital age, the corporate world too, is leveraging this power of storytelling to initiate learning programs for its employees. For story-based learning makes, learning a highly interactive a very engaging activity and the learning of this model has been easy to retain for a long time. It is also observed that story based learning proves effective in improving the productivity of employees.
To harvest the power of story-based learning, organisations need to tailor their content in a story telling fashion with the inclusion of a story line, characters, etc. to come up with a memorable story for each learning unit. Here are a few tips on how to weave your content for story-based learning model:
Create a gripping storyline with the relations established between the characters: Firstly, the stories you create for a learning chapter has to be relevant and within the context of the learning objectives. One of the important factors of eLearning modules is that they are realistic, and so the characters you create have to be realistic, including the dialogues between them. The situation of the characters should mimic the real life scenarios of your employees, so it has a lasting impact, and the story should teach how the characters in story overcome their weakness, deficiencies and help the organisation with improved productivity.
Quality content: Content is the king, and using high quality content, whether images, graphs, texts helps grab the attention of learners. As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words, and using pictures to support your text is a great way to help the learners retain the characters or the incidents of the story.
Keep it short, simple at the same time make it very interactive: Effective communication requires clear and crisp messages, than passing volumes of information data at one go. Giving away information in small and meaningful bits or sentences helps learners assimilate the meaning and can retain it for a long period. In addition, making the sessions interactive is another important factor, as the saying goes practice makes a man perfect, and being, part of the session gives learners the chance to practice and perfect.
Story-based learning has to be highly interactive and engaging, the role of trainers and designers of the course is vital, as they have the responsibility of making stories that are interesting, interactive, engaging, and breaking down complex data, and issues into simpler information.
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