Learning and Development

Why to use storytelling in L&D situations?

Learning and Development are so important for businesses as of now.

The main aim of L&D professional is that the elearning material should stick in the minds of the learners. However, the learner might respond differently to every learning program. It’s important to have an aesthetic visual design to make the elearning program more interesting for users.

Storytelling is quite important for learners. Storytelling makes them take more interest in the program. So, in this article we will get to know how using storytelling in an elearning program will make learners grasp more from it.

Advantages of storytelling 

Neuroscience tells us that our brain responds more to stories.

Enjoy the content: Stories make us enjoy the elearning content. Our brain remembers a story quite well. The brain categorises all the information which comes at us and then it recalls all the stories easily as compared to other information. Storytelling organises all the information in an entertaining manner. They are a way to organise human experience. Stories take away all the non-important information that is not worth paying attention to. They let us know what information is to be retained and what not.

Retention of information: Stories make learners retain information. Its because they hook with the audience at three levels. These three levels are head, hands and heart. The head implies that the learners understand what is the logic behind the module. The heart implies what they are grasping has some utility and the hands imply that they become more effective. The storytelling must incorporate all these three things.

Provide them with real-life experiences: Storytelling makes sure that the characters are the same as learners. The personal stories inspire learners to find solutions and help them attain business objectives. The storytelling is suitable for all kinds of training, be it training for products or skills. If someone who has been just hired needs to be oriented, this approach also works for him. Storytelling means learners watch and listen to the elearning content and don’t leave it in between. They complete the module which is given to them.

How to tell stories 

The storytelling is an effective way of training, both for synchronous and asynchronous modes of training. In elearning, stories are told through characters, animation, and narration. The stories can be told to the learners to make sure that the concept is not mechanical for them. They simply can’t be expected to go through slides and put their heart in it without a story. They need a story to imbibe any kind of information. The learners can then be tested for what they have learnt ina story through a scenario given to them through drag and drop. They have to choose the correct option which is correct in the given situation.

With stories, connections are formed between the organisation and its workers. Stories have a maximum impact on employee and they remember what they learn. Storytelling can include use cases built in the Learning and Development

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He was a German psychologist who is known for discovering the forgetting curve. According to this curve, the biggest decline in memory happens within 20 minutes, and then 1 hour.