Using Stories in Learning

by Jim Hicks

My favorite learning component is not a specific technology or a delivery mode. I love stories integrated with the learning. Whenever possible, I try to drive learning through a narrative that engages the learners and illustrates key skills.

In the following presentation, which has been adapted from live discussions that I’ve led on the topic, I walk through using stories in learning, including:

  • What is the history of stories in learning?
  • Why use stories in learning?
  • Why do stories work?
  • What are the characteristics of good stories?
  • How are stories used in business?

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Jim provides a very good blend of the technical and practical to his work.  An instructional designer who also talks geek-speak is invaluable. I would recommend Jim's services without hesitation to anyone looking for help in the e-Learning field.

- Steve Eadie
Partner, Robertson, Eadie & Associates


Jim Hicks

Bloomington, IN
Chicago, IL
Milwaukee, WI