Towards Maturity Interview with Michael Watkins Toolwire part 1

by | Sep 8, 2011 | Interviews

Winner of the IITT’s Instructional Designer of the year highlights the importance of storytelling in learner centric design

In this podcast, Laura Overton interviews  Michael Watkins , the Director of Instructional Design and Technology at Toolwire and the current holder of the Instructional Designer of the year award from the Institute of IT Training (who became the Learning and Performance Institute this September).

His unique philosophy for developing learner centric design through stortytelling and natural assessment captured the judges imagination and he is sharing some of his secrets of success with Towards Maturity listeners in a 2 part interview.

In part 1 Michael discusses the practical issues of how to use storytelling with instructional design to encourage learner engagement that delivers behavioural change.
In this interview he covers:

  • The importance of storytelling in learner centric design
  • How to create characters and environments that the learner can relate to
  • The role of storytelling in bringing dry subjects to life
  • Practical tools of the trade that anyone can use
  • 3 top tips for getting started with storytelling

In part 2 you can find out more about Michael’s approach to natural assessment.

To see storytelling in action – click here.

If you think you have what it takes to become the Instructional Designer of the year in 2012, find out more about the Awards here. Entries must be submitted by October 14th 2011.

Toolwire is part of the Towards Maturity Ambassador programme.

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