The Importance of Storytelling in eLearning

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works

The most effective way to convey information in eLearning is to get your audience to care about the content, connect with the content, and to commemorate the content. This can be done through storytelling. Storytelling is the most fundamental form of communication. Since the times of cave paintings, myths, legends, fairytales, and fables, people have been learning through storytelling — it is how humans share histories and evolutions as well as day-to-day experiences. Storytelling is how we tap into our common humanity, evoke emotional connection, and facility recall to anything we are learning.

Basically, when we are told something in the from of story, we remember it better than if we are simply exposed educational snippets, lists, or disconnected piles of information. This is because storytelling actually mobilizes and stimulates different parts of the brain. In “The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains”, Leo Widrich shares:

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