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Engaging Learners with Video & Audio WK2

The Power of the Human Voice, The Forum - BBC World Service

@hubcurator: The human voice is a thing of great power and persuasion; we use it to speak to one another, to sing and cry, to laugh and scream. But our voices - which are as ancient as humanity itself - are also at the forefront of the very latest developments in technology. Increasingly, our voices activate machines, are used to prove innocence or guilt in criminal trials, to provide a means of digital communication for people with voice disorders. With Suzy Klein to discuss the human voice are the cognitive psychologist Diana Deutsch the acoustic, forensic, and voice analysis expert Professor Peter French, and the opera singer Anna Devin.

How to Keep the Human Element in Online Classes

@hubcurator: Although shared through an academic lens, this article clearly explains how the instructor-student relationship is just as vital to the student learning and engagement in online classes as it is in an offline class. Review this article and accompanying infographic to help shape the way you think about engaging your learners within your blended learning campaigns.

What Storytellers Can Teach Instructional Designers

@hubcurator: People love to hear stories and think in terms of the traditional beginning, middle, and end structure we all associate with a classic yarn. It's a reality that many have suggested putting to good use in a business context, from improving your presentations by making them follow the essential pattern of campfire tales, to perfecting your personal elevator pitch and developing a compelling personal brand. Could storytelling also have something to offer the field of instructional design?

Behind the Scenes with Storyboarding Scenarios

@hubcurator: Scenarios put your learner in the real-world situation of your choice—that’s instant engagement. You can create any scenario you imagine, from a basic simulation to a complex experience that serves as the entire course. This article from eLearning Industry shares four tips for storyboarding scenarios.

Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?

@hubcurator: According to this New Yorker article, "Stories, more even than stars or spectacle, are still the currency of life, or commercial entertainment, and look likely to last longer than the euro. There’s no escaping stories, or the pressures to tell them." Why do stories keeps us engaged?

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

@hubcurator: Many business people have already discovered the power of storytelling in a practical sense – they have observed how compelling a well-constructed narrative can be. But recent scientific work is putting a much finer point on just how stories change our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Read this article from the Harvard Business Review to learn more about the neuroscience of compelling communication.

The Art of Immersion: Why Do We Tell Stories?

@hubcurator: What is it about stories, anyway? Anthropologists tell us that storytelling is central to human existence. That it’s common to every known culture. That it involves a symbiotic exchange between teller and listener — an exchange we learn to negotiate in infancy. Read more in this article from Wired on how the brain processes stories, and how we can leverage that process to engage our learners.

8 Tips To Create Memorable Online Training Characters - eLearning Industry

@hubcurator: Do your online training personas pop off the screen? Do they have dynamic personalities and relatable backstories? In this article, Christopher Pappas shares 8 tips to create memorable and engaging online training characters.

Spin a Tale, Pull ‘Em In: 6 Storytelling Techniques in eLearning

@hubcurator: Just because your learners are grown-ups and spend their days immersed in numbers, charts, facts, and graphs, you shouldn’t assume that they have outgrown their liking for stories. By the contrary...They starve for stories! Your learners cry out for “experiences” that will touch their hearts and resonate with their souls. They want their training to feel more alive than a table crammed with numbers. This blog post from Shift Learning shares six storytelling techniques to incorporate into your blended learning design approach.

Once, When I was at Band Camp…

@hubcurator: Stories provide an organizing structure that makes the subject matter more relevant to learners and can maintain learners' interest throughout a lengthy module or course; the stories lend personal importance that can be lost when dealing with abstract facts and rules. In this blog post, Edmond Manning explains the importance of properly executed storytelling in e-learning and evaluates a few scenarios/stories to point out things that work or distract from the main points.

Live-Casting Trend Continues to Grow in eLearning

@hubcurator: It won't be long before your students begin live-casting your classroom events. They might even begin live-casting your eLearning while they are taking the course. How are we, as a community of professionals, going to respond? The author of this Litmos blog posts hopes that one day we will become confident technology leaders responding proactively to new technologies, and leaving our legacy of being fearful reactionaries behind.