Bringing Stories Center Stage in Training

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2019 - March 27, 2019

Rance Greene

Senior Performance Consultant
HCSC

Stories have long been touted as powerful, effective tools for learning, but very little has been published on how to design a story so that it impacts learners and aligns with performance objectives—leaving the instructional designer at a loss for how to tell a story effectively in training. Storytelling impacts design on the most basic level of engagement: emotion. It also impacts the delivery of training. Games, microlearning, virtual reality, and scenario design all benefit from strong storytelling skills. Yet the problem remains: How do you design a fitting story that teaches? That’s where story design provides practical guidance.

You want to engage your learners and you’ve heard that story is good for that, but you don’t know where to begin. This session will show you how to concretely connect powerful stories to learning, through examples from HCSC’s compliance training. Experience what training can be like when stories take center stage. Share your observations and expertise, and dive into a story model that is so simple, you will be able to begin writing your own stories for training when you get back to the office. Worried that it takes high-tech tools to make powerful stories a reality? That’s not necessarily true. Learn how to design and deliver a story using the tools you already own.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to mine analysis and stakeholder interviews for relatable characters and strong conflict
  • How to design an effective story that connects concretely with learning objectives
  • How to deliver stories using the tools you already own
  • How to present a solid case for stories to resistant stakeholders

Audience:

Designers and developers

Technology discussed in this session:

Cameras, audio tools, Microsoft PowerPoint, eLearning authoring tools, and animated video

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