- Using a story to develop a (Blackboard) sequential learning module. This could involve items that become available after submitting some work, or links to a discussion forum for interactive participation.
- Re-imagining an entire course with an overarching story (e.g. the rise, fall, and rebirth of a neighbourhood through a building science and sustainability lens)
- Creating a podcast assignment, with clear guidelines and assessment criteria (I have some experience helping a Sociology instructor do this.We recorded our meetings, some in-class activity, and a de-brief with students and created a series of blog posts + podcast recordings (on a WordPress blog that happens to be down today!)
- The use of "story prompts" (idea stolen from themoth.org) as a classroom activity or assignment (see #MothFirstLines on Instagram)
- crafting a story from the story-based mini-conference I co-facilitated in October, to communicate the learnings: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrkfWe2nONjK5MThBQIXZY4hCU7vi2AxT8z9YyFDmd4/edit#heading=h.s227ebpohmq0
- building on a dialogue with educators at a Digital Pedagogy Lab re: "Ideas for essential elements of open storytelling and case studies" https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-ZbejBeTcSg0s8pLE4fdimZq3UorE__eICJdrIGwlp4/edit
(....that's all for now....to be continued?)
I love all of these! Designing an entire course as a story is incredibly powerful. It's a lot of work - and it totally pays off in terms of engagement and memorability.
I'm in the middle of designing a new online course for ESL students and we've been talking about the importance of getting some real-life scenarios in the course. Your experience with designing a course is very helpful. I approach course design with the idea of going on an adventure that is similar to a story I suppose with lots of bumps along the way.
Thank you for sharing this valuable experience.