Voices and Views: November
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Storytelling can be an effective teaching tool. Even more effective is learning how to visualize stories says e-learning coach Connie Malamed.
“When using character images in an elearning scenario or story, try to display a new picture for every new action in the storyline,” she suggests. “This keeps things moving along.”
Malamed recommends five approaches:
- Photo album effect – Photos have a white border and are slightly rotated, which simulates a bulletin board.
- Captions at bottom – In a narrated course, photo captions can provide additional information to what the narrator provides – especially if captions are snappy.
- Speech bubbles – Speech bubbles can make a story richer and help express a character’s inner life.
- People cutouts – People cutouts made specifically for elearning offer characters in multiple positions and backgrounds, which helps engage learners.
- Illustrated stories – Illustrated characters give stories and scenarios a unique appeal. Introductory text can set the scene and speech bubbles can create the storyline.
Employers are increasingly administering the Myers-Briggs personality test to help colleagues work effectively together and improve office dynamics.
But the test can also help people determine their networking style, according to a story in Verily magazine. When it comes to networking, introverts often have a much more difficult time networking, but the test can help even the shyest wallflowers blossom.
For example, those with “I-J” attitudes do best in one-on-one settings or in working groups. On the other hand, “E-J” attitudes thrive in big environments and do well in speed networking events.
“Go with your personality type, but remember that networking is all about professional development and growth,” Christine Warner wrote. “If you know it challenges your natural temperament, go alone to that conference, approach that high-profile expert or present on that panel. Don’t let your attitudes to compete or compare your professional path to others cramp your networking style.”
Just like everything else, a well-thought plan can make knowledge transfer easier – especially when working for a large organization.
A few years ago, Kevin Brady of Clarety had to write such a plan, which included documenting all the knowledge, for each of his responsibilities, so that someone taking over his position could easily step in.
Brady designed a template for knowledge transfer. Some things included: transition schedule, communication activities, deliverables, meetings and relationships and contacts.
“This template helped make sure that all knowledge transitions were complete/comprehensive, leading to minimum impact on the program and its end clients,” he said. “And program management was able to make better informed judgements on resource changes and the implications of a redundancy/change or someone resigning etc., thus providing better quality data on the risks/issues associated with resource changes/movements.”