I recently had the pleasure of speaking with JW Marshall on the Voices of E-learning podcast. We talked broadly about trends in workplace training. One of the themes of our conversation was how emotionally engaging content can improve learning outcomes. You can watch the interview here or on Apple Podcasts.
Trends in learning
One quote they pulled from our conversation was, “I see increasing interest in doing more than just checking a box to say the training was done.” I’m seeing interest in shifting away from a single course model. More organizations are considering a wider variety of solutions including microlearning, scenario-based learning, blended learning, and vILT. I also talked about how the pandemic has increased the demand for elearning, and the continuing trend toward remote and distributed work will continue to drive growth in the field.
Storytelling and emotional connection
One of the benefits of using storytelling and scenarios for e-learning is creating an emotional connection. In workplace training, we’re usually trying to change behavior. Sometimes changing behavior might just require additional knowledge or skills. However, sometimes you also need to shift attitudes or increase motivation. Stories can help learners see the relevance of training and why it’s important.
More on emotionally engaging learning
If you’d like to read more about creating engaging learning experiences, check out these posts.
- Learner Engagement: Behavioral, Cognitive, & Affective
- Make Learning Immediately Relevant with Scenarios
- Make Your Stories Relevant
- Go Beyond Boring: Creating Scenario-Based Learning That Engages Participants
You can also view my collection of past podcast interviews and presentations.