How I Work
I partner with businesses, creative agencies, and non-profits to create programs and materials that help people learn–elearning courses, interactive displays, print materials, and more–all inspired by story structure. Here’s my process.
- Interview subject matter experts.
- Research and review source materials.
- Get to know the audience.
- Examine what’s been done before and what the results were.
- Determine the gaps between where the program is today and where it needs to be.
2. High-level Instructional Design:
- Create learning objectives.
- Build content structure.
- Outline supporting scenarios (characters, situations, resolutions).
3. Content Design & Development:
- Write storyboard drafts as blueprints for the learning program.
- Create supporting materials such as job aids.
- Refine documentation through reviews.
- Collaborate with or manage creative teams as needed.
Depending on the content, story-based learning can serve as a framework for an entire learning program or as a guide for writing scenarios that support the content. With many story structure variations to draw from, I choose the one that best suits your audience and goals. Here’s a simplified version of the basic components of a story:
- Introduction: Set up the situation with characters, background, and setting.
- Confrontation: Characters meet and overcome conflict, resulting in growth or transformation.
- Resolution: Resolve the situation, resulting in closure.