TITLE

Trainers should wear their story-telling hat

AUTHOR(S)
Shepherd, Clive
PUB. DATE
July 2004
SOURCE
IT Training;Jul/Aug2004, p28
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
When you go on a really good classroom course, the one thing you can guarantee is that the trainer will have some good stories. Perhaps a few are just good jokes, but many will be extremely relevant to the subject in hand. They illustrate a point and stimulate discussion. That's why it's much more difficult to run a course for the first time — it can take quite a while to come up with all those anecdotes and examples that bring a course to life. There's a clue here as to why so much e-learning is dry and boring. Most instructional designers work with a subject expert to define the learning objectives and list the important points. What they should do is spend hours in conversation with the subject expert, wheedling out their favourite stories on the topic — the successes, the horror stories, the amusing incidents. They'll also waste no time in passing these stories on to their colleagues. After all, they're only human, and if the scientists are to be believed, simply story-telling machines.
ACCESSION #
13820473

 

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