Narrative Techniques for Learning

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2013 - March 13, 2013

Julie Dirksen

Instructional Strategist
Usable Learning

Instructional designers are frequently called upon to be instructional writers or to help subject matter experts be good writers. Turning mundane topics into vivid and compelling narratives can be a difficult task. The quality of the instructional content is most effective when it leverages real world scenarios, but there are a lot of techniques that instructional designer can borrow from fiction writers to create sticky, compelling, memorable scenarios and more engaging simulations.

Participants in this session will learn about concepts like the inciting incident, protagonist versus antagonist conflict, seven-act structure, and other narrative techniques that can help bring simulations to life.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to structure a compelling scenario using narrative techniques from fiction and screenwriting
  • How to make scenarios vivid by showing instead of telling
  • How and when to use humor, and what the research says about humor and memory
  • How to convert a dull scenario into an intriguing narrative

Audience:
Novice-to-advanced designers.

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