Session 3: Storytelling and Communications (July 2022 M-1 Cohort)

Hello, @July22-M-1-cohort ! I look forward to seeing you all at our session Monday on Storytelling and Communication. Here are some important links for the session:

Link to my Storytelling worksheet!

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Hi @dbrellas , can you make this shared doc public please? I wasn’t able to open it but look forward to accessing it.



Hello, @July22-M-1-cohort ! Thanks for a great session today! Here are some key links from the session:

Session 3: Storytelling and Communications

This session was dedicated to explaining the importance of storytelling in the open publishing process. Storytelling allows you to situate your role in the work, describe the story of your project, both within your team, but also more broadly as you market your OER. Review the quote from late Ojibway author Richard Wagamese in our slides — and you’ll see how central narrative and story is to the work of OER creation. We discussed the transformative power of education and how storytelling can play a role in making inclusive content with equitable processes.

We emphasized acknowledging and validating different types of knowledge and expertise — and how you all play an integral part in this work by reflecting on the content of your OER (approach, vision for the discipline, knowledge, research, text, media, contributors, students, pedagogy). Jo-ann Archibald’s Indigenous Framework for Storytelling offers a guide to help you articulate the work you will be doing on your OER projects, both internally to inform decision-making on your OER but also externally to the broader open education community.

Thinking deeply about the storywork you want to do as content creators and team support members, may sound like a lot of effort, but we know from experience with past cohorts how well those efforts play out in the longer term. Having a clear understanding of the story of your resource - both its purpose and content - is critical throughout the publishing process to ensure deliberately and carefully looking at ways to really make sure the end resource is as useful as it can be.

Prior to our next session, please complete the Session 3 Homework activities in your [handout]. These include a mix of individual and team-based activities:

  1. Share your personal story by writing a bio (we’ll review this next week)
  2. Work as a team to identify marketing avenues to share your project’s story

Next week, our focus will be on establishing team roles and effective collaboration to support your project’s success.

Here is our initial introduction to the text.


@ivasu This is looking really great! Awesome preliminary work on your book that will save you some time later. Excellent work!

Storytelling homework draft

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