Design principle 3:

Engage the learner by using a story

Adding a story allows you to contextualize the sets of questions and give people relevant information before they start answering.


A story is often used as an introduction to a drill, making it the first thing shown to people when they start the drill. Another option is to use stories in a course in between drills, or at the end of a drill or course. Stories can come in the form of text, images, audio clips or videos. Contrary to the other Drillster features, stories are strictly one way. Make sure you keep it brief (see design principle 2). When a story does not add value to your drill or course, it’s best to just leave it out and let people focus on the truly valuable information.


A story can serve the following purposes:


1. Provide context: seize the opportunity to provide context to the person who will be doing the drill. A story can give the student or employee an idea of what they are about to do, what the subject matter is, and why the drill is important.


2. Boost commitment: a story is an ideal way to convey a message to drillers. A video of the director explaining how Drillster works and why the learning material is so important, for example, can be very powerful. Seize the moment to boost commitment, and to motivate and persuade people.


3. Stress urgency: it can sometimes be useful to use news items to stress the urgency behind drills. Possible news items you can use are recently published research results or newspaper articles about a company that was, for example, fined for non-compliance.


4. Introduction or summary: you can include learning material in a story, such as an article about which questions will be asked later or certain rules that are important to have top of mind to succeed on the drill. Don’t overdo it though, because the actual learning will have to be done in the drill itself!


There are numerous cool ways to design a story. We have included an example below. The possibilities are endless, so you can really go nuts on this!


An example of how to create more engagement and convey the urgency of the drill with a story.

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