Storytelling is one of the best learning tools available. Unfortunately, most online learning is “anti-storytelling”. Courses are often linear, facts-based transfer of knowledge (teacher to student). In storytelling, there is a oneness between the teacher, learner, and content. It’s dynamic, adjusting to changes in any of the three elements.
The technologies available to educators today are ideally suited for knowledge sharing via stories – blogs, wikis, simulations, forums, collaborative spaces, etc – we have an array of social tools available. My interest in social networking stems from its effectiveness as a storytelling process and medium – i.e. the ability to create shared experiences and connect speaker, listener and content. Here’s a simple set of 12 principles of storytelling that provides some helpful suggestions.