I recently completed a Greek Mythology course on Coursera. I found it fascinating how the ancient Greek storytellers like Homer and Ovid were able to create elaborate stories that have become timeless and have been retold and redeveloped in TV and films centuries later. After reading The Iliad and The Odyssey, I wondered: How in the heck did Homer remember all of this? As Instructional designers, we are tasked to create memorable learning experiences that may improve the skills or, even more so, the behaviors of the user. However, sometimes it’s not that easy to get people to remember a few points about a 30-minute module…even when we give them the objectives up front to tell them what they need to remember!
“Storytelling” is the new trend in eLearning. We all have a favorite story that we like to hear, and maybe retell. But how do we pull off the masterstroke of storytelling in eLearning? Perhaps we can learn a few things from Homer and Ovid:
Tom DiMartini | 05/28/2015