Storytelling: A Way to Introduce and Express Oneself
“Storytelling is a tool to express who you are, an avenue to share a memory or experience, a medium to teach values and cultural differences….Storytelling is by far the best to communicate one’s thoughts and tell one’s story” (Keaise, 2014, p. 53).

This OER shows how one professor incorporated storytelling into student introductions. Additionally, this exercise was used as part of the pedagogy to teach about human diversity, culture, understanding and acceptance. Storytelling provided an effective foundation for students to connect with classmates, build relationships and develop trust and respect, the foundation behaviors of good human relations.

Materials which will be included in the OER are listed below:
1) A brief literature review on storytelling, supporting this exercise;2) A visual diagram and brief description of the storytelling process which includes a dyadic encounter, small group discussions and a large group presentation; 3) Step-by-step instructions on how to integrate storytelling into student introductions; 4) Examples of student introductions; 5) A summary of student perceptions about the storytelling exercise.

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Community College / Lower Division
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Downloadable docs, Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML


Dan Pund on Aug 29, 02:20pm

This material is quite comprehensive, both for the instructor and the student. For the instructor, it gives a brief background of the concept of storytelling and the importance and relevance of a story as a tool for introductions, greeting, and getting to know one another. It also focuses on diversity and inclusiveness.
I will use six criteria in evaluating this source:
1. Accessibility - This lesson has materials for students that could be used in a variety of setting, both online and in class environments. The downloadable materials are thorough and efficient for the process of delivery, including ADA factors.
2. Relevance to students - As for the content of delivery, there can be no more relevant topic than the student themselves presented in a visual, auditory, and written format. The assignment asks for students to introduce themselves by developing a powerpoint slide as a collage and they speak about the different pictures in the collage, and connect them all to a story that is delivered both orally and in writing.
3. Relevance to Course Instruction. - As far as introductions and getting to know each other early in the course, it is an excellent tool, In addition, it is relevant to an English 101 course because on of the final products is a writing assignment that could be considered and autobiography or a narrative paper. The powerpoint and photos aspect is not necessarily relevant, but it does help with student engagement.
4. Accuracy and Currency - The detailed aspect of the assignments and materials are quite accurate, even down to how long each activity might take place. The rubric designed to evaluate the assignment is very thorough and efficient, which makes the process of assessment smooth and streamlined. Student samples of the assignment make it easy to see what the final product should look like. The way that it is organized makes the presentation and process easy and usability friendly.
5. Bias - There seems to be very little bias in the way the material is designed to be implemented or in its development. Obviously give the students an opportunity to share there diversity and enhances inclusiveness.
6. Publishing, process, and licensing.- Each page of the material that is not solely the designers work is meticulously cited at the bottom of the page. This material is obviously carefully developed to be compliant with all licensing laws.

Overall, I would highly recommend these materials for this assignment, and I believe it could be modified to fit most English 101 course.


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