Storytelling in eLearning

With eLearning having greater exposure of late it is important to understand the problems that come with this form of electronic learning. The benefits – convenience, lower costs, no need to travel and more – are obvious, but there are certain downfalls. One is that of keeping the students engaged and interested.

Storytelling is an excellent method of engagement, and one that can make a course not only more informative, but also more fun. Here, we talk about a few ways you can use storytelling to enhance the eLearning experience.

Using Storytelling as Illustration

There are some courses and subjects that are, for want of a better word, boring. Teaching financial subjects by eLearning, for example, can be tedious not just for the students, but also for the tutor. However, if you shape an example as a story, it can be a lot more enjoyable, and get the point across. If you’re teaching about banking, create a story within the framework of the area you are teaching. Create a character, if you wish, and work from there.

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This sort of story lends itself to history and the humanities and is effective in other areas of teaching including the arts. Use real life examples for added engagement and introduce humour in storytelling for a little light-hearted fun.

Where the Student is the Story

One of the best aspects of eLearning is that while you need to teach the course, you can do it in various ways. Whereas above we have the tutor using a story – or perhaps an example – to highlight a point, in this example you could make the student the central character in the story. For example, set them out to reach goals and complete challenges as they would if they were doing the job.

By immersing the student in the world of the people who use the information you are imparting – hopefully them in a short while – they can effectively learn from within, and if you add questions and allow for them to stop and ask things along the way, it can be an interactive experience.

The Story is the Story!

If you’re teaching history, or literature or any area of the arts, the story can be the very heart of storytelling itself. Say you and your students are analysing Hamlet; there are many versions of the play that can be found online, or you can create your own scenes and bring the action into the modern world.

The students can watch the scenes or the play in their own time, and stop at any point, and you can set them questions at certain points. The advantage here is that video can be stopped and started at will, and can be watched any number of times.

Engagement is the Aim

Always remember that your aim is to keep the students engaged in order that they learn what is necessary. Storytelling can be used in the above methods and many more and is a great way of keeping an audience interested and informed, so check it out in more detail and start using storytelling in your classes.

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