DIYEL #10 Learners recall stories, not facts.

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People learn best when they can relate information to real-life situations. They do not remember facts easily. The good classroom trainer (i.e., not boring) knows that stories – anecdotes, illustrations, demos, applications, metaphors, examples, etc. – help learners learn. Unfortunately, when we move the lesson content to eLearning, we only convert the facts or the mechanical information. The stories, context, and real-life applications are lost in translation.

Do-It-Yourselfers know that the gold nuggets of content are precious and valuable because they carry with them the seeds of stories that help learners understand and recall the concepts behind the learning. Do-It-Yourselfers design eLearning around stories at the heart of the lesson, not around the facts. Always start lessons with a story . . . and end with one, too.

(This is a series of post from my book “Do-It-Yourself eLearning 2009).

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Ray Jimenez, PhD

“Helping Learners Learn Their Way”