Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Impressions about the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘The Future of Storytelling’

From October to December, 2013 I participated in the MOOC Course ‘The Future of Storytelling’ facilitated by Iversity. Iversity is linked to the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany.
MOOC means a Massive Open Online Course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. The ‘Future of Storytelling’ helped me to get a better insight on:
  1. How fictional stories work;
  2.       How new technologies influence the ways stories are told and perceived;
  3. How technologies engage and audience fast and continuously;
  4.       How I can develop and implement my own story ideas or how I can facilitate storytelling.
Content of the course
The format of the course was very practical.  Every week, I got the opportunity to watch video lectures about storytelling basics,  storytelling on tv, the web and role play games.  Later on I got acquainted with new modern techniques of storytelling such as transmedia storytelling and augmented reality and location-based storytelling.
At the end of each online weekly session, we got the opportunity to do a creative task. One of the assignmens which I liked the most, was to compile a visual story about Aunt Renie visiting an interesting location in one part of the world of the online participants.  You can watch my story at youtube:  Aunt Renie visits the Devils Mountain Forest. Within a period of three weeks, it gained more than 700 hits.



We also created a ‘Nick Name’ person telling and sharing stories through a social medium. I created the ‘Devils Mountain Rust Wat Tree’.  You can read some of the ‘Devils Mountain Rust Wat Tree’ at its Facebook Page   From now on I use the page, to share and add some interesting stories about forests, forest conservation and the Devils Mountain Forest.

Impressions
I liked the course a lot.  It was structured and every week I had a fixed time I could read and learn more about storytelling and challenge myself to do a creative task. For me as a freelancer, it is an advantage I can do this course in my own time,  at my own rhythm and the creative tasks encouraged me to experiment with some new ways of storytelling.  Through the forum I was inspired to read more about what other participants had produced. What I missed was the face-2-face  teamwork in doing assignments. Somehow, a MOOC should also look into the possibilities on how groups tasks between 2 or 3 participants can be stimulated. 
Conclusion: The online course was fun to do for me!  I am looking forward to any new online course that will match my interest and domains of work.