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FIGURE 1 | STORY-BASED LEARNING MODEL
Climax
Rising Tension

Protagonist

1st Person
3rd Person
Point Of View

Beginning

PLOT

CONFRONTATION

Falling Action

Middle

Evaluation

REVELATION

End

Transcendence

Conflict

Setting

Setback
(Remediation)
Motivation

Change
(Eustress)

Resolution

Debrief

Obstacles

RINSE & REPEAT
Cultural Norms

Counter-Culture

beginning exposition, rising tension
with confrontations, culminating in a
climax, and ending with falling action.
* Fractured Structure (False Start): Time
order is broken, with opening action that
then jumps back to a new beginning, or
the entire story is told out of order.
* Circular Structure (Hero's Journey):
The classic monomyth where the
protagonist travels into the unknown,
survives ordeals, undergoes change,
and returns home different.
* In Medias Res Structure (In the Middle
of the Action): The tale engages by
beginning in the heat of the moment
before recounting how the protagonist
got into that situation.
As the story evolves the protagonist will
inevitably encounter a confrontation
involving the story's conflict (the obstacles
to the protagonist's motivation). In the Storybased Learning Model, this confrontation
is an opportunity to evaluate the learner's
absorption of the content by having them
decide the protagonist's course of action.
The initial outcome of this confrontation is
not always a success. At first, the learner and
the protagonist may encounter a setback
resulting from failing the evaluation in

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What dynamic change does the
protagonist experience?

which remediation is required. Otherwise,
success demonstrates change and growth
of the learner through eustress, the
positive and beneficial type of stress that
comes from challenging the learner -
just the right amount - to improve his or
her performance.

Stories are the
foundation of the
training, scenarios
and videos that help
bridge the gap from
entry-level to expert
learners.
These evaluations continue to occur
through a "rinse and repeat" pattern,
where timely feedback and debrief of
each confrontation/evaluation occurs
before moving on. Thus, through a series
of confrontations, setbacks and changes,
the protagonist and learner experience
the revelations needed to achieve the
overall objective.
When designing these confrontation/
evaluations, consider these two important

questions: What dynamic change does
the protagonist undergo through these
confrontations? How does this growth
align with what the learner gains from the
experiential learning?
As the tension of the narrative rises to a
climax, a final confrontation/evaluation
occurs and the protagonist transcends
the conflict challenge and achieves his or
her goal (the learning objective) and the
learner basks in the same achievement as
the protagonist.
Finally, with the falling action of the story
comes a final debrief to wrap things up. This
can be a reflection on what was learned, the
struggles endured or even looking forward
to a future goal, where the learner now
knows they are up to the challenge.
Thus, the Story-based Learning Model allows
the systematic generation of customizable
stories. And through this narrative, learners
are engaged through the proper story
tensions to experience the necessary eustress
and true performance improvement.
Brian S. Grant is a principal analyst and
development specialist at Raytheon
Professional Services, an author of fiction
under the name B. Geren Sanford, and a
lover of good stories, regardless of their form.
Email Brian.


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Thinking More Broadly About How Adults Learn
Table of Contents
Mentoring: 4 Keys To Making it a Meaningful Learning Experience
Formalizing Informal Learning: Tinker Dabble Doodle Try
The Accidental Learner
Percolating Builds Depth
Coaching is a Cop-Out
Close More Deals With Story Selling
Partnering for the Power of Knowledge: How Can Knowledge Sharing Foster Collaboration Among L&D and Employees?
Organizational Resiliency: a Function of Leader Adaptability and Versatility
Rules of Engagement for by Laura Francis Mentoring Reverse
Steps to Formally Make The Informal Part of Your Content Strategy
The Play's the Thing': The Power of Story-Based Learning
Fujitsu’s Experiment With Peer Coaching Pays Off
How to be Authentic When Collaborating on Multicultural Virtual Teams
Making the Case for Informal Learning at Work
Formalizing Informal Learning to Improve Performance
Making Learning Fun Again
Investing in the Future of the Worker, Not Just the Future of Work
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Formalizing Informal Learning: Tinker Dabble Doodle Try
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