Thursday, May 17, 2007

Storytelling for presence

One of the concerns I had early on in my online teaching -- I teach online and on-campus courses -- was how to establish my own presence in the course so that students felt a connection with me. Along with a number of other strategies, the strategy that has had the biggest positive impact is storytelling. My most elaborate example is a digital story created using Premiere (but could be easily created in iMovie, or even PowerPoint). In this digital story, I share personal information about a challenging time (going through tenure) and about why I am a professor. It also provides insight on what I value as an educator, what I consider to be "good" teaching.

Here is that digital story:

Related posts in this blog:
Creating digital stories with VoiceThread
Flickr photo sets

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