702 Taking a Page from Fiction: Applying Novel-Writing Tricks to Learning Design
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Wednesday, March 28
Junior Ballroom F
Fiction writers know that readers expect certain patterns of dramatic tension and resolution, and if those are absent, a work loses its ability to engage readers. These tried-and-true techniques are gaining popularity as more writers bypass traditional publishing channels. Along the way, their applicability to learning design is becoming apparent.
This session explores the rules and patterns that fiction writers use, and how learning designers can use them to improve learner experience and enhance engagement. You’ll go beyond familiar concepts such as metaphor and analogy and dive into plot, protagonist, point of view, character arc, setting, and style. You’ll look at how each of these concepts (and more) can help you create compelling learning that keeps your audience on the edge of their seats.
In this session, you will learn:
- How to map a learning story from beginning to end
- How to identify the protagonist, villain, and supporting characters for your learning
- How to plot a positive-change character arc and use it to drive engagement
- About tools writers use to stay organized and focused that you can add to your own workflow
Novice to intermediate designers and managers.
Technology discussed in this session:
Scrivener and mind-mapping technologies.
Learning Infrastructure Designer
Joseph Fournier is a learning infrastructure designer at Anthem, a position in which he works with professionals across the enterprise, exploring and promoting better ways to leverage mobile and other technologies in the learning context. Joe has been involved with technology-enabled learning for nearly 30 years.