How to Use Storytelling While Teaching Online

Storytelling is one of the easiest ways to improve remote teaching. You can use stories to share information with learners while teaching online. But, you must ensure that your storytelling doesn’t distract your students from their main learning objectives. Whenever you use storytelling as a teaching tool, you must keep some important tips in mind. Here’s a look at our guide on how to use storytelling in your online courses.

How to Tell Compelling Stories While Teaching Online

1. Define Your Purpose

Always start by asking yourself what your goal is. Are you using storytelling to create a better atmosphere for your students? Or, are you creating extra content that will interest your learners? Once you know what you hope to achieve, you can create compelling content. During the creation process, you must also keep your target audience in mind. You will have to adapt and change your story based on who your learners are. For example, you’d create something funny for primary students. For adult learners, you would create something more complex and engaging.

2. Set the Scene

To get your learners invested in the story, you need to paint a clear picture. Develop a backstory that lets learners know when, where and why a particular event is taking place. Once you set the scene, your learners will be able to follow the story and enjoy it.

3. Become the Audience

Storytelling is one of the most effective teaching strategies of the 21st century. Good stories release hormones and neurotransmitters that help us connect with the content. For example, dopamine will help learners focus and feel motivated. A story that creates empathy will release oxytocin. Learners who have oxytocin in their systems will trust you, the storyteller, a lot more. When we laugh, we release endorphins that help us feel relaxed and motivated. Once you’ve created a story, listen to it as a member of your target audience. It should take you on a journey and help you connect with the protagonist. If you don’t feel happy or relaxed enough, you need to revise the story.

4. Bring Your Characters to Life

In life, every individual we come across is different. The characters in your stories should also have their own personality traits. You can even give them different accents and likes and dislikes. Create background profiles for your characters. It will enhance your story and make everything feel more real to your learners.

5. Rethink and Revise

You may want to include a funny scene or a hilarious joke in your storytelling process. But, one idea shouldn’t upstage the actual goal of the story. If you think adding something could take away from the intended message, you should leave it out. It may seem like a difficult task, but when you’re teaching online, you have to put the story first.

You can create compelling stories with TG Campus Our state-of-the-art platform allows you to share content in multiple formats, including PDFs, Word documents and video files. You can use videos to share stories with your learners and help them achieve their goals.

Written by Today's Geniuses
Today’s Geniuses comprises of all the members of TG Campus. It includes IIT Alumni, PhD holders with fellowship and Subject Matter Experts, creating an enthusiastic bunch of Geniuses who are driven by their passion to empower learning.