Storytelling is an excellent method of engagement in eLearning that can make a course both more informative and more fun. Here, we talk about a few ways you can use storytelling to enhance the eLearning experience.

Using Storytelling to Illustrate a Point

Some courses and topics can be perceived by learners as, for want of a better word, boring and monotonous. However, they can be made more engaging by using storytelling elements like metaphors and original characters that can guide learners through the courses. Those elements can be brought to life by using animation and multimedia, which will take the whole course to another level and make it even more interesting. You just need to make sure you don’t lose the point you want to get across and that learners are getting the necessary knowledge.
Here you can find a great example of how storytelling in eLearning can be used to teach complex topics in an entertaining way. Use real-life examples for added engagement and introduce humor in storytelling for a little light-hearted fun.

Learner at the Center of the Story

By combining storytelling with other interactive elements, such as gamification or branching scenarios, you can position the learner at the center of the eLearning course. For example, with branching scenarios, the actions the learner takes and the level of knowledge they have impact the development of the course and the amount of content they need to go through. By using gamification, you can engage learners with practical challenges they need to solve to move forward with their learning. This all adds up to a highly interactive experience for learners that simultaneously feels custom-made for different learners’ needs.

The Content is the Story

When the content you need to reshape into an eLearning course is already highly interesting, it can be used as the very heart of storytelling itself. You’ll just need a little help from different rich media and a spark of creativity to make it more interactive. For example, you can use a voice-over to guide the learners through the course and set its tone.

Engagement is the Aim

Always remember that your aim is to keep the students interested and engaged in order for them to fulfill the necessary learning objectives and outcomes. Storytelling can be used in the above-described methods and in many more. Only creativity is the limit. It is an excellent tool to inform your learners in a less straightforward but more exciting way. Hopefully, we sparked your interest and convinced you to start using storytelling in your eLearning development.