Module 1: understanding, applying Narrative structures [WEeks 1, 2]
Competency I: To demonstrate an understanding of commonly used narrative structures, particularly as they relate to media-based storytelling.
Essential question(s): What makes stories work? How do stories and media blend in ways that are effective, compelling and research-based?
We begin this course with narrative foundations, largely as a matter of timing. You will be attending NSO (New Student Orientation), part of which involves "media boot camp." During NSO media bootcamp we address some of the basics of narrative and storytelling structures that provide a foundation of much of what you consume in the world of media. In addition you will create a short piece of media that reflects your understanding of narrative structure.
Please note that this opening unit flows differently than subsequent units because it involves NSO. Normally each two-week module begins with discussion in week one and then moves to student production, whether media or an essay, in week two. This module is "backwards" in that you will be producing work during the first week, and engaged in structured discussion during the second. This is necessitated by timing: you begin the course during NSO, when you have an opportunity to produce media.
Create a piece of media observing the following parameters:
Critique and evaluation
Following media development, students show their work at the end of day. Students explain and critique their original media, as well as the media generated by their peers, in terms of effective narrative and storytelling addressed during this unit.
Nothing else this week, as you are at NSO.
Essential question(s): What are some of the major theories that inform effective narrative? How does McAdams' work and Transportation Theory inform our study of story? What are some of the methodologies used in studying narrative and stories? How does an understanding of storytelling inform modern media psychology?
During week 2 of this module, you delve more deeply into issues of narrative structure. You consider narrative concepts more deeply and broadly as you look at narrative from theoretical, research and applied perspectives.
Go to the following: Week 2: Story theory and the psychology of life stories. This is Week 2 of a semester long course I teach for the Media Psychology program about digital storytelling and narrative concepts.
Focus on two readings. You can find these through the righthand menu on the landing page:
Use these sources as the basis for your conversation in Moodle as you address the following question:
Don't forget these basic guidelines about Moodle conversation:
Meta-perspective, self assessment
Provide a minimum one paragraph self-assessment/reflection. This should focus on what you learned and what you think your strengths and challenges are in terms of the content of this module. You can post this in Moodle, or send directly to me.
Otherwise, no written assignment this week, as you produced media last week.