Create Compelling Storytelling with These Sessions

Over the course of these eight sessions, you will learn from experts how to use storytelling to enhance your learning. Walk away with new and practical approaches to apply multiple learning topics together into a single storyline.


DAY 1: September 28

Karen Davis

101: The Power of Story in the New Jungle of Work

Karen Davis, The Optimal Performance Group

8:25 AM – 9:30 AM PT

L&D professionals told our organizations a story that helped them re-imagine what learning could be. As we prepare for the future, we again turn to story. We'll explore regions of the brain associated with learning and story, examine the impact of stress on the learning brain—and also consider how we can use the ancient craft of story to design compelling learning experiences. Learn more.

Hadiya Nuriddin

201: Level Up Your Scenarios

Hadiya Nuriddin

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT

Choosing the right level of detail for a learning scenarios can challenge an ID at any level. This session shares three levels of scenario detail and character development that each support learning in a different way. You'll learn guidelines for selecting the right level to enhance your scenario-based learning. Learn more.

Jeff D’Anza

301: Finding the Thread: How to Create Learning Podcasts with a Narrative

Jeff D’Anza, Nationwide Insurance

Joe Meyer, Nationwide Insurance

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT

As more organizations embrace the work-from-anywhere movement, low-investment/high-impact learning solutions are needed. A tailor-made solution is the use of narrative podcasting. Learn how and why to craft engaging audio-only narratives and gain useful tricks and techniques to improve your learning podcasts. Learn more.

J. Noble

401: Don’t Be a Boring Explainer: Add Strategic Storytelling to Your Training Toolkit

J. Noble

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT

Ensure that your training message is memorable by delivering it in a story. Learn the strategic storytelling approach to identifying source material and designing compelling stories that connect with learners, align with your curriculum—and adapt to a variety of learning formats. Learn more.

DAY 2: September 29

Kevin Thorn

501: Visual Storytelling: Tell Compelling Stories Without Words

Kevin Thorn

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM PT

From early cave drawings to watching a video on YouTube, storytelling has always been a powerful way to inform, educate, instruct, and communicate. This session explores ways to tell compelling stories without words. We'll explore examples of visual stories and steps you can take to create compelling visual stories. Learn more.

Jean Marrapodi

601: Choose Your Own Adventure: Reframe Scenario-based Learning with Good Storytelling

Jean Marrapodi, Ana G. Mendez University

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT

Once there was an eLearning designer who was handed a course request and a pile of content from a SME. What happened next? In this interactive, choose-your-own-adventure session, you'll explore several options and find out which one led to happily ever after for the designer, the SME, and the learners. Learn more.

Rashelle Tanner

701: Creative Innovations in Storytelling & Learning

Rashelle Tanner, Meta

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT

The issues employees encounter in the workplace rarely happen in isolated silos. Nor should learning. Blended storylines improve efficiency, realism, and retention by enabling learners to explore the ways different issues intersect and build on one another. Learn more.

Megan Torrance

801: User Stories, Learner Journeys & Other Epic Tales: Decoding Agile & UX Techniques for LX design

Megan Torrance,

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT

Learn to extend the use of story in learning narrative storytelling and ensure that the learning resources you create will fit into the personal and professional stories of end users. This session explores the use of story to define needs, describe a solution, and create a master plan for your L&D team’s work over time. Learn more.


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