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Engaging Your Students Through Narration. Rhonda D. Blackburn, PhD University of Texas at Dallas. Think!. Think of a course. How would you ground this in reality?. Objectives. Discuss how I improved my course using narrative course design. Redesign a course.

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Engaging your students through narration

Engaging Your Students Through Narration

Rhonda D. Blackburn, PhD

University of Texas at Dallas


Think
Think!

  • Think of a course.

  • How would you ground this in reality?


Objectives
Objectives

  • Discuss how I improved my course using narrative course design.

  • Redesign a course.


Ehrd 475 multimedia development for training and instruction
EHRD 475Multimedia Development for Training and Instruction

  • Started teaching in Fall 2002

    • Traditional face-to-face class

    • Moved online Fall 2003

    • Changed assessments Fall 2004

    • Changed in Fall 2008 using narrative design


Moving forward
Moving Forward

  • How did I teach the class?


Welcome to b b enterprises
Welcome to B&B Enterprises

  • All students are new HR Directors

  • I am the VP of Training and Development

  • There is a face-to-face orientation


Modules
Modules

  • Analysis

  • Synchronous training

  • Audio training

  • Demonstration training

  • Design and Development

  • Manual training


Activities
Activities

  • Content

  • Quiz

  • Learning Circle

  • Activity

  • Journal


Changes content
Changes - Content

  • Started - information and directions

  • Ended – memos and other resources


Changes quizzes
Changes - Quizzes

  • Stayed the same.


Changes learning circles
Changes – Learning Circles

  • Started – collaboration between classmates

  • Ended – collaboration between co-workers, real world scenarios


Changes activities
Changes – Activities

  • Started – they picked a company

  • Ended – I hired them!


Changes journal
Changes – Journal

  • Started – reflecting on work

  • Ended – reflecting on work and how it impacts their environment


Why narrative course design
Why Narrative Course Design?

  • Relevant

  • Real world

  • Interesting

  • Increases levels of engagement







Let s have you design
Let’s have you design!

  • What is the course?

  • How will you ground it in reality?

  • What are the activities?

  • What can you do to make it more meaningful?


Thank you
Thank you!

Rhonda D. Blackburn, PhD

Associate Provost

Office of Educational Enhancement

University of Texas at Dallas

972-883-6963

rblackburn@utdallas.edu