The Magic of the Hero’s Journey in Learning Engagement

by Shane Lueck

Training needs to be engaging. What else is new? At this point, that concept is exhausted. It’s been the topic du jour of articles, webinars, conference break-out sessions, office meetings, and any other resource you can name. But increasing learning engagement is easier said than done, especially when your content isn’t exactly a page turner. Creating excitement around compliance training or updating to a new software system is no small feat. In fact, it can be downright daunting.

As instructional designers and eLearning developers, it’s easy to get stuck in the weeds of our daily routine. Planning learning objectives, how to measure ROI, and talking to SMEs are all integral tasks, but how often do we view the bigger picture – stop and smell the roses, if you will. It can be hard to remind ourselves to step away from the computer and focus our attention on creating a narrative that learners can relate to in order to push the needle to the end goal: behavior change.

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