Search Our Site

We have 3,779,090 registered online learners.
1,041 new learners so far today.

Storytelling adds a new dimension to online learning

schedule 26th November 2013 by Virtual College in Virtual College Last updated on 7th July 2016

E-learning in the workplace can be made more engaging through storytelling and scenario-based training resources.

While accessing online materials is an innovative way of educating employees in itself, giving staff more flexibility and control over their learning, connecting with their emotions can help them to actually retain the information in the long term.

Everyone remembers a good story they've heard, and if that story is somehow linked to training, then workers will be more likely to recall the information they've been presented with.

Bosses need to give their learning materials more substance by introducing a narrative, so they are providing employees with a reason to continue working through an online presentation and capturing their attention much more effectively.

Instead of just throwing facts and figures at staff, tap into their emotions and make going through documents a process of discovery, rather than a chore. Make them want to read on, as opposed to skim their way through.

Why should the power of storytelling only be felt by young children, literature lovers and consumers of advertising? This unique grip that it has on people should also be put to good use in business training, where it can help staff thrive and even enhance their performance.

These stories don't have to be complicated - in fact, simple language is often the most effective.

What is particularly important is engaging with workers' thoughts and feelings, and encouraging these to come to the surface. 

Indeed, consultancy firm Zostera pointed out in a recent blog post for Training Zone that reflecting following training sessions is key to employees retaining information, as dealing with education emotionally makes them more likely to remember what they've learned.

But how should employers look to include a story? Well, training materials could feature a structured plot - a beginning, middle and end - as well as a connection to the organisational narrative and twists and turns to add elements of surprise.

Virtual College Logo

Author: Virtual College

The latest training news brought to you by Virtual College. We create innovative digital learning experiences that inspire people to develop the skills they need to thrive in their careers; enhancing and enriching the organisations they work in. For 24 years, we have been developing and supplying collaborative, customer-focused e-learning technology for organisations world-wide.

ISO 9001:2015
Crown Commercial Service Supplier
LPI Accredited Learning Technologies Provider


+44 (0)1943 605 976

Virtual College

Marsel House


West Yorkshire

LS29 8DD

Awards for footer
Gold and silver award winners at the Learning Technologies Awards 2017 - including gold for excellence in the design of learning content.


We are in the process of moving to one Virtual College website. If you want to go back to a course, or start a course, bought from our old website then you may need to login to our original learning management system. Otherwise, please proceed to our new learning management system to return to your training.


You are already logged in. Click the button below to be taken to your LMS dashboard. Alternatively, click logout to leave the system.