Narrative learning: developing your professional practice

What are you doing today? Or, rather, what are you doing today that’s new? And who are you going to tell about it? And what will you learn from it? What was the last time you heard an idea and thought ‘that’s amazing!’ And when was the last time it you that was behind it? What’s your story?

Narrative learning is a great social learning concept: telling your story, explaining what you’re doing and what you’re learning. Sharing and collaborating as you develop your personal practice.

We’ve seen a huge shift in how media is created and how we communicate within common spaces. There is no longer such a clear differentiation between producers and consumer, but rather a more collaborative space in the middle. At the very least, there is a dialogue and this approach is permeating learning.

The use of social spaces allows us to both broadcast our thoughts and review and receive the thoughts of others. It allows us to develop our ideas and share them in a safe space. Whilst we used to just learn by doing or learn on courses, we now have a third way: learning by talking about both of these things! Narrating our story, which allows us to think about what we have done and to think about how it has changed us.

And this can be done individually or in groups. One of the things i enjoy most is collaborative writing, where we work in groups of two or three and create a story together.

How often do you capture the learning that is taking place around you? How do you narrate your own learning? You don’t need a blog or Twitter to do this, it may be as simple as summarising projects or providing a narrative overlay on how things are progressing. We are good at telling stories, they feel informal, but they can form a valuable method for sharing and learning.

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About julianstodd

A learning and development professional specialising in e-learning and learning technology.
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