Creating Relevance Through Narrative
Concurrent Session 1
Learn techniques for using storytelling and narrative to provide students with accessible frameworks for understanding complex, conceptual content and highly relevant assessment opportunities. Come see practical examples of these techniques in application.
Learn techniques for implementing narrative to provide students with accessible frameworks for understanding complex, conceptual content and relevant assessment opportunities. This presentation will share several experiences of developing and using these techniques in online courses in a variety of contexts and our data-driven conclusions of them.
Although research tells us that adult learners crave relevance, it can be difficult to place conceptual or foundational content in authentic real-world contexts. The use of narrative and creative writing helps us create those intersections between concept and application and enables both active experiential learning.
However, many faculty in higher education have reservations about the use of narrative: without experience creating online narrative content or a background in creative writing, there can be a fear that scenarios or narrative examples will seem contrived, childish, or require high-end production value to engage students. These are all myths!
In this presentation we will share a tested framework for generating instructional narratives in collaboration with faculty and subject matter experts. We will show an example of highly produced scenario-based content, as well as an example where scenarios are used effectively without high-end production. Evaluation data showing student engagement and effectiveness of this approach will be provided.