Like a lot of people, when the Covid19 pandemic struck I began to rethink a few things. I realised that, although I’d been making video drama for learning for most of my working life, a lot of my output was still suboptimal. When people think of training films, it’s not what they think of when we say “Netflix”. So,I took a serious look at what’s wrong with drama in learning and development.
Where video drama for learning goes wrong is nothing to do with the low budgets, or “boring” subject matter.As long as you have a functional budget, you can design an engaging drama to fit it. And as long as your subject is one that people can have differing opinions about, it can make an interesting subject for a drama.
The problem is simply this – while plenty of drama is produced in the sector – there’s little knowledge in L&D about how drama works – the very fundamentals of the medium. The result is a lot of poor-quality drama being designed and produced by very clever people who don’t know they are doing it wrongly. This is a fixable problem. An L&D problem!
All this inspired me to write a short book, titled Watch & Learn,to share the essential knowledge needed to design video drama with all our colleagues in the world of L&D. The book became the first step on my mission for this conceptual toolkit to become a commonplace throughout the L&D network. The good news is that a little like chess, the principles of drama are not hard to grasp –although you can of course spend a lifetime becoming a master.
Since publishing the book, I’ve appeared on a lot of podcasts and given many talks. And I’ve published a series of short videos with the self-explanatory title What Can TV Teach L&D?
This site collects together all these assets and will be the launchpad for more to come.
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