I haven’t had a chance to think about all the possible ways in which stories can be used for learning so this was a good opportunity to do so. Here’s my storystorm and I am hoping my colleagues can add to it.
- Use stories for sharing and learning from mistakes
- Use stories to create a scenario or set a context for the problem at hand
- Use stories as an emotional glue - to generate emotions and make things memorable
- Use stories to situate my audience into an alternative reality - one that’s not theirs - so they are more receptive to feedback within that role-play
- Use stories to give deeper meaning to data
- Use stories for knowledge sharing - a key concept or idea when shared as a story is more likely to be shared forward
- Use stories with alternative endings to help my audience derive multiple meanings from the same story. They may even draft their own ending.
- Use video stories that capture the learning journey of how an expert got from being a novice to an expert
- Use video stories as a teaser/marketing material to launch new training programs for the organization
- Use stories to capture the key take-away from a learning experience.
I really like these ideas! And I think it would be really helpful for you to take one or two and make them much more specific. How, exactly, would you use story to do that? For example, using stories as an emotional glue...
Thanks for the nudge to share a specific example.
For one of the courses on workplace safety, it was critical for me to help the learners empathize with the key character. As a part of the storyline, the key character had a safety incident/accident. The learners then had to reflect about how he ignored many safety instructions and guidelines, which ultimately led to the incident. The story allowed me to explore the topic of safety from a more personal, emotional perspective rather than only from the more typical - clinical and compliance perspective.
Fantastic! I bet they still remember that story. Thanks for going the extra step.