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

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Wednesday, September 28

Stories have the power to truly reach people and inspire action. They allow a storyteller to forge a personal connection with their audience and create situations where learners are likely to be actively engaged with the content, leading to higher levels of long-term information retention. As more organizations embrace the work-from-anywhere movement, the ability to provide low-investment/high-impact learning solutions that can be accessed on-demand will be key. One design solution tailor-made for the current moment is the use of narrative podcasting, for fiction and non-fiction audio stories.

In this session we will discuss some reasons your organization should consider embracing narrative podcasting as a learning tool, and provide an introduction to popular narrative structures utilized by professional podcasters today. We will also share a blueprint for how your organization can get started creating narrative podcasts. You'll learn audio production tricks and storytelling techniques—used by some of the most respected and successful modern podcasters—that you can harness to strengthen the quality of your own learning podcasts.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Commonly used storytelling structures for both fiction and non-fiction podcasts
  • How to craft engaging audio-only narratives
  • Tips for writing and recording narrative podcasts
  • Audio production tricks and storytelling techniques to apply to your own learning podcasts

Jeff D’Anza

Chief Digital Learning Architect

Nationwide Insurance

Jeff D’Anza is the chief digital learning architect for Nationwide Insurance, focusing on enterprise-level digital learning strategy and learning technology sourcing and integration. He has been a member of the adult learning community for over 15 years, with experience in facilitation, instructional design, multimedia development, and learning program management. Jeff’s pet passion is the use of narrative podcasting as a training tool, and he has spoken and written about the topic for various learning conferences and publications for the past seven years. Jeff holds a BA in History, an MA in organizational management, an MBA, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in instructional design leadership from Franklin University in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Joe Meyer

Consultant, Digital Learning


Joe Meyer is currently a creative consultant in digital learning for Nationwide. For the past 15 years, he has created innovative and award-winning learning solutions and multimedia for multiple Fortune 500 companies. A frequent speaker and published author within the greater learning community, Joe favors the use of storytelling through various forms of multimedia to achieve outstanding results. He is a master’s candidate in educational technology at Louisiana State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic media production from Kent State University.

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