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Using Learning map for storytelling

In this post I’m going to present a simple way to convert your learning/course materials to an interactive learning episode. Instead of using linear heavy information slide mode for presenting an interactive story, I used a form of a Learning map. Yes, you can use Learning map also for storytelling. See the example below.

So, how did I make this?

1. I gathered all the relevant resources about using hashtags for teaching purposes. Then I built a story around the information to make everything more coherent. Here comes a sense making step of the curation process: filtering out irrelevant information, adding value (your own words, etc.) and putting everything in a format which facilitates the understanding of the curated topic context for the audience.

2. I divided a story into a meaningful independent units (i.e. chunking information). Thus a learner can click any unit he wants without fear of getting lost. Every unit represents one node. Each node includes:

  • The headline with keywords which gives the learner a first impression of what is going to be explained in this part. I presented a headline in a form of a question that my protagonist asks.
  • Short explanation is presented like an answer to my protagonist. I kept the answers very short with only the essential information given. Answers are the output of my curation process.
  • All supporting information was put into node’s attachment, in order not to overload the learner with too much information at once. These attachments are my original resources, in case the learner wants to dig deeper into the content.

Tip: Try to use no more than 4-5 main nodes and 2-3 sub-nodes to each node. Otherwise the Learning map becomes untransparent.

3. I chose the right images to support the information. By that, I mean images which help learners to understand the text. As you may already know, combining relevant images with text results in a deeper cognitive process.

Of course you can prepare all of this, using list of links or maybe a slide mode presentation with inserted links. But my opinion is that no method is so visually engaged, interactive, memorable and transparent like Learning map is. What do you think?

  • Akanksha Garg

    Thanks for sharing the insights – they can be used to create e-courses quickly and efficiently. What stands out in this is that the learning map can also be used for storytelling. The mode of storytelling is quite popular in e-learning and we have had extensive experience in creating courses that employ the age-old method of relaying a story. Here is an article based on our learning –