Data training is often too technical, making it too dry, and too boring to really have an impact. Traditional programmes focus on rote memorization of technical skills, and drop the ball when it comes to giving data professionals the right context or opportunity to apply those skills in real-world situations. As a result, aspiring data professionals may find the training to be difficult, unengaging and, well, boring.
And, when you look at our course at face value you may see the same technical skills you’ll find at just about any bootcamp or degree.
However, the true hidden secret of iO-Sphere is our coaches and how they approach data training as a whole. We believe that data training should be engaging, effective, and even fun. That’s why we use storytelling to teach our graduates the complex skills they need to succeed in the data-driven world.
Embracing Storytelling in a Data-Driven World
For some time now, educators have debated the effectiveness of storytelling in the classroom. Although traditionally known as being unconventional a 2013 study shows us that storytelling inspired students to be more motivated and retain information for longer periods of time.
Storytelling is not just a bedtime ritual, but a crucial tool in education and more broadly the human experience.
The Science Behind Storytelling as a Teaching Method
A learning environment is a unique place.
No two people are the same. Not only do we have different lives, but we all take in and retain information differently. And this is where asking 70 or so people to listen to the same bullet points becomes redundant.
Vanessa Boris, a Senior Manager at Harvard Business argues the magic of storytelling in a learning environment comes through connection.
Storytelling has a physical effect on our brains, it fires up our language centers and each person starts finding personal understanding in the story. It is something that is innately human, and the best stories have multiple meanings. Therefore, fostering an environment where everyone is able to have their own unique perspective on the same subject material creates a sense of familiarity and trust.
But more than that, it taps into our emotions.
Data Training and Emotions? Am I Missing Something?
It’s scientific really. When we hear a story or relate to a good story, our brain releases oxytocin and dopamine. As you probably know, these two chemicals are responsible for the feelings of happiness, trust, familiarity and connection.
Emotions are responsible for 95% of the decisions we make, they drive us forward in life or hold us back. This is the same in the classroom. Using storytelling often evokes certain emotions, and though you may not necessarily remember the exact wording on the powerpoint you will remember the emotion it evoked. Once the emotional connection is established, the story unfolds itself in your brain and half the work of remembering is done.
So Storytelling, Data Training and Emotion Summed Up
Data training involves complex or intricate skills. It can be easy to get lost when learning new technical and soft skills and meeting new coaches. Our brains struggle with too much change at once. By using teaching methods that leverage storytelling, we give your brain shortcuts to success.
You achieve twice the results with half the work and have fun in the process. Suddenly, the world of data, which may have seemed intimidating at first, is easier to navigate and can be fascinating as well.
It can be easy to get lost when learning new technical skills, new soft skills and meeting new coaches. Our brains struggle with too much change all at once. By making use of teaching methods that make use of storytelling, we give your brain shortcuts to achieving success.
You achieve twice the results, with half the work and in between you have fun.
Suddenly the world of data that may have seemed intimidating at first, is much easier to navigate. And fascinating as well.
Want to experience data training differently? Apply to our Experience Accelerator Programme and learn the skills you need to succeed in the data-driven world in a fun and engaging way.