Meaningful Interactive Storytelling Experiences

Concurrent Session 5

Brief Abstract

Interactive storytelling experiences in online courses offer students the possibility of increasing engagement and supporting knowledge retention (Baldwin, S., & Ching, Y.-H., 2017). In this session, presenters will showcase some reimagined interactive storytelling examples that highlight how students can engage with learning content in online courses. 

Extended Abstract

In online courses, students have a range of opportunities to engage with learning content in a variety of ways. This may include reading material, watching or listening to multimedia, or participating in social learning activities such as discussions and completing assessments.  

As educators, we’re constantly looking at innovative ways to engage our students to support their learning and development. We know that when learners are afforded opportunities to interact with content and construct knowledge, learning can be more effective (Prensky, 2006). Developing learning objects with a narrative format and high-quality multimedia can help students to make connections between what they’re learning and the real world. 

Interactive storytelling experiences in online courses offer students the possibility of increasing engagement and supporting knowledge retention (Baldwin, S., & Ching, Y.-H., 2017). Compelling interactive stories also allow students to engage in meaningful learning by providing narrative content that they can connect to their own personal lives.  

In this session, you’ll hear from the Instructional Design Team and faculty who collaborated on developing highly interactive learning opportunities to engage students in more meaningful and personalized ways. The team will present their process for collaborating with faculty, share some examples, and invite session participants to reflect on the ways they support faculty with interactive storytelling at their respective institutions.