P07 - Storytelling for L&D: Bringing Scenarios, Narratives, and Characters to Life

Monday, May 03, 2021
Rosen Shingle Creek

How do you make people care about a story? How do you create characters that reflect the learner's challenges? How do you engage readers so that they don't lose interest? These are questions that writers have struggled with for decades, yet instructional designers are expected to just write scenarios with compelling characters, with little guidance. As a result, we sometimes churn out boring scenarios based on implausible plots and driven by characters who don't talk like real people. Writing narratives with compelling characters is a separate skill from instructional design, and it's a skill that must be deliberately learned and practiced. But when it’s done well, it can make what you create meaningful and memorable to your audience. 

In this workshop, you'll learn how to create powerful narratives with compelling characters. You'll begin by defining what makes a story compelling and what qualities your narratives must have to hit the mark. Then, you'll engage in exercises on how to find inspiration for stories, whether that requires interviewing SMEs or mining your own experiences. Next, you’ll use a character-driven approach to developing story, since we know that characters are often proxies for your learners. You’ll employ tools and templates to build a character, and then build a story that describes the journey between where the character is now and where they want to be. Finally, you'll practice writing those stories as scenarios for eLearning or instructor-led training using a tool that walks you through the process.

In this session, you will learn: 

  • How to identify compelling scenarios 
  • How to interview SMES to get the information you need to tell compelling stories 
  • How to use the provided tools and templates to build characters in which learners can recognize themselves 
  • How to write stories as scenarios for use instructor-led training and eLearning 

Audience: Designers, developers 

Prerequisite knowledge: Should have experience in instructional design

Hadiya Nuriddin, Learning Strategist - Duets Learning

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