Learning through story in the workplace: an introduction
Story time is a hugely important part of growing and developing as a child. Perhaps you were read bedtime stories by your parents or teachers, or engage in storytelling with your own children. Either way, stories and storytelling are an intrinsic part of how we understand the world.
How story and narrative shapes our perspective
As journalist, novelist, and author of The Science of Storytelling, Will Storr explains, “story is a product of our biological evolution”. We develop our first understandings of language through story and our brains create stories for us all the time to help us process the incredibly high volume of sensory information coming in at any given time.
Storr’s book (and TED Talk if you prefer a shorter version) goes on to explain how we create a narrative of our lives, with ourselves as the central protagonist. From our own internal monologue/narrator to the perspective through which we rationalise and frame the world around us, our entire lives are constructed in narrative and story. And there is evidence to suggest that we’ve done this since civilisation began.
What does this have to do with workplace learning?
That’s what this series is here to explain to you. Encouraging engagement in workplace learning is less about creating something new and shiny, and more about understanding the psychology of how we learn about and continually perceive the world.
Through this understanding, we can create more engaging and stimulating digital learning content. We can establish learning campaigns that are not only relevant and essential to our workforce, but interesting and memorable.
Workplace learning facilitates real behavioural change, through a powerful combination of simple, intuitive learning software and engaging content that taps into the psychology of how we already learn.
What are we covering in this series?
Following this introduction, this series will come in six parts. We’ll start with a focus on the fundamentals of learning psychology and the science of story, and then move towards how you can apply them in your own learning programs.
The series in a nutshell:
- Part 1 – memory
- Part 2 – connection
- Part 3 – engagement
- Part 4 – meaning
- Part 5 – games
- Part 6 – campaigns
As always, we’ll have a little something extra for you along the way, but you’ll have to come along next time to see it for yourself.