SDD204 Bringing Stories Center Stage in Training
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Wednesday, March 27
Expo Hall: Design & Development Stage
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
Designers and developers
Technology discussed in this session:
Cameras, audio tools, Microsoft PowerPoint, eLearning authoring tools, and animated video
Senior Performance Consultant
Rance believes story design is not reserved for gifted storytellers, and that instructional designers already hold the key to writing and developing compelling stories for training. His story design workshops are lauded for their practicality and personal feedback. His presentations demonstrate story design technique and give audiences the opportunity to experience the power of stories in learning for themselves. He is a senior performance consultant with Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), where he transformed compliance training into a story platform. Rance is also a playwright, songwriter, and frequent speaker.