A New Classroom & Course for the New Year

Leerlingen van lagere scholen volgen op demonstratieve wijze een les op het Binnenhof / Primary school pupils stage a learn-in outside the Dutch Parliament

Photo from The Hague’s Nationaal Archief

I’m excited to be embarking on a new educational adventure this year! My new classroom will be in the Broadcast Communication Program at BCIT and the Continuing Studies Department at Capilano University.  At both schools I will be teaching Interactive Storytelling.  Not completely sure, but I do think these are two of the first Interactive Storytelling Courses at Post Secondary Institutions in Canada.

So what is Interactive Storytelling?

I define Interactive Storytelling, as storytelling across platforms of media, some of which are interactive, allowing the audience to interact with the story itself, if they so choose.

For the purposes of these classes, whilst we will be looking at examples of other forms of interactivity, such as ARGs and Gaming, the focus of the class will be on using different forms of social media (such as blogs, twitter, facebook, blip.fm, flickr, podcasting..etc) to make traditional stories (such as novels, films, tv, articles, radio, plays, brands …etc) more interactive. Through the course of the class, the participants will use these social media tools to build an interactive component to a project of their own.  This can be a project that they have developed in the past, are currently working on or are just using as a tool to experiment with telling stories interactively.

Who is this course for?

Anybody who has a story to tell, whether it is that of a place, a brand, a novel, a play or a film or TV series.

Here are the details on the two courses:

 

Capilano University

  • Course Code: CRN 10020 – Interactive Storytelling
  • 6 week course
  • Tuesday Nights from 18:30 – 21:30 (6:30 – 9:30 pm)
  • North Shore Campus
  • March 2, 2010 – April 6, 2010
  • This is a non-credited course through Continuing Studies.

 

BCIT

  • Course Code: BCST 1073 – Interactive Storytelling
  • 10 – 12 week course
  • 3 – 3 1/2 hours a week
  • Course Date Pending: Either April or September
  • This is a credited course through the Broadcast Communications Program, but don’t let that scare you off, as it is open to the public and you do not have to be a full time student to take it.

Also stay tuned for an Interactive Storytelling Course for Youth during the Spring Break with the Delta School District!

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    1. A New Classroom & Course for the New Year – http://tinyurl.com/ybn8et4

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    2. Congratulations! You’re gonna be an awesome teacher! Happy New Year.
      xoJ

    3. @BCIT Posted on BCIT’s new Interactive Storytelling Class – http://tinyurl.com/ybn8et4

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    4. @Clippernolan Thanks Rob! I accidentally buggered up that url though. Proper one is http://tinyurl.com/ybn8et4

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    5. @EricaHargreave I just noticed that. 🙂 Interactive Storytelling, good people http://tinyurl.com/ybn8et4

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    6. congrats!! I am sure you will be wonderful and you must be commended on bringing another form of education forward. Story telling is what the Human Experience is all about and has become a dying form of communication. You teaching others to revive this wonderful form of communication is fantastic and inspiring. Lets hope that this next decade make technology our next camp fire….

    7. Thanks Jen! I’m looking forward to it. Been doing a fair bit of adult ed as of late and been loving it!

      Excited about your new studio too! Was too bad that I was away when you had your Open House.

      Happy New Year to you too!

      Erica

    8. Thanks Steven! I love storytelling and feel most fortunate to have had a lot of fun experimenting with it and interactive media. Greatly looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned with others and learning myself as my students make their own discoveries.

    9. @gillianshaw Happy New Year Gillian! Thought this might be of interest to you – http://tinyurl.com/ybn8et4

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    10. A New Classroom & Course for the New Year : Ahimsa Media … http://bit.ly/5l9dsk

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