This workshop has its own narrative and invites you to test an idea.

Today we explore if a course can be its own journey that takes learners from the known to the unknown, face hard challenges, gain from mentors and allies, and return to the known world, forever changed (or changing it)?

You may or may not know this as the path of the Hero’s Journey. Can you help the Campbell Consortium understand if this path might have a place in your own courses? Or not?

1. Departure

Who is this guy on camera? Meet Alan Levine and who is here?

Collective Notes. Let’s keep track of ideas, resources together as we go. Go to notes

2. Initiation

What are the affordances of storytelling? Why do we keep trying to understand it?

Stories flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

Story in Action. Share our own spawned via ordinary objects, see how universal themes emerge.

Story Shape. The idea of an arc, a path.

Improv as storytelling.

Alan’s examples (ds106, the YouShow, Netnarr) – teacher as characters with backstory, serial short videos (not integral course content).

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself

Joseph Campbell

Epic Heroes Card Game. Apply stages and archetypes to your own courses (game rules). Share your own cards and developed connections in the Kenyon Storied Collector

“Myths do not happen all at once. They do not spring forth whole into the world. They form slowly, rolled between the hands of time until their edges smooth, until the saying of the story gives enough weight to the words — to the memories — to keep them rolling on their own.”

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Visual Media. Metaphors, symbols, continuity, even silly media.

A Purposeful Use?

Media Making. Explore and create imagery, find/create media metaphors that might describe your own narrative. Not as much to create course media, these are intended to help you consider visuals that can support this course tying idea.

Find these in the Kenyon Storied Make Bank (a bank of activities)

3. Return

Recap today’s journey. Accept or refuse the call to narrative course tying?

Image Credit: Open licensed Pexels image by Mvegas

May 17, 2019

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