Story Design: Use Storytelling to Shape Educational Experiences

Thursday, February 21 | 9:30AM–10:15AM PT | San Simeon, Fourth Floor
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Hands-On Workshop
If we consider that every course, workshop or learning experience we design conveys some kind of story to the learner, whether intended or not, then why not adopt time-tested storytelling principles to design them? This session will draw on contemporary design strategies to introduce a story-based framework that was developed as an alternative to the world of functional-but-unexciting instructional design approaches. Session participants will be invited to begin developing their own story-driven educational activity and to consider how this may result in both students and instructors being more invested in the stories they tell.

Outcomes: Understand principles of storytelling as applied to instructional design for assignments, workshops/trainings, or courses * Examine how a story design framework aligns with, and differs from, other instructional design frameworks * Consider your own instructional or curriculum design process and identify methods for integrating a story design approach


  • Ben Gottfried

    Associate Director of Instructional Technology, St. Olaf College

Resources & Downloads

  • Story Design Using Storytelling to Shape Learning Experiences Presentation

    Updated on 11/26/2019