Design + Story = Learning

An open book with fairy lights coming out signifying imagination.
An open book with fairy lights coming out signifying imagination.
Photo by Nong Vang on Unsplash

If you work in learning design, you’ve no doubt heard of the value of storytelling for engaging your audience and creating a memorable learning experience. If you’ve tried implementing stories in your courses, you’ve also discovered that it’s not all that easy to do well.

Here’s a quick why-what-when-who, and most importantly, how to use stories when you’re designing e-learning courses.

Why stories?

There’s lots of research on this. Stories (when properly done) create relevance and emotional engagement for your learners. …


Lend an ear to shift the balance of power

Image by ZeeNBee from Pixabay
Image by ZeeNBee from Pixabay
Image by ZeeNBee from Pixabay

Oh, there’s Barbara screaming at poor Brenda again. Maybe I’ll go back to my office until she goes away.

I wonder what happened to Mark? He’s very quiet these days. He used to be so enthusiastic about everything.

Wow, is that someone crying in the other stall? I think it’s Tiffany. Poor woman. I bet Greg’s been hitting on her again.

If any of this sounds remotely familiar, you’ve witnessed workplace bullying. …


Design training so it works for learning

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Hillside ride Photo © Matt Smith

Have you ever tried to train a horse? Or any animal?

I’ve tried, and I can tell you that it’s an exercise in humility. I wish I could say I learned to be a good horse trainer, but the fact is it takes more patience, commitment, and consistency than I ever mastered.

But I still love studying how it’s done by the best trainers. (Jessica Dabkowski at Pony Peak Stangmanship is one such stellar individual.) Horses succeed in our world when they understand what’s expected of them, so good training is essential. …

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Sara Pehrsson

Hermit. Instructional designer. Making a home for my animal family.

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