This was my third session for the first official day at the 2012 ASTD conference. In the this session, Building story and experienced based learning systems, Ray Jimenez discusses the importance of story and experience in learning systems. He began the session with an exercise where we had to discuss in pairs a story of a personal experience – something we learned that we can’t forget.

Jimenez explains that stories communicate our experiences. While referencing Tell Me  a Story by Roger Schank, he points out that our mind indexes stories to real life events. Because our mind is made up of incomplete stories, we look for more stories to complete our incomplete stories. As a result, we learn faster with stories.

Stories are so important that Pixar does not render a single image until they get the story right. The stories do not have to be long. We also learn…

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