Session 3: Storytelling and Communications (July 2023 Cohort)

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Hello, @july23-cohort. Yesterday’s session was designed to continue the scoping work from last week, and we returned to look more closely at those parts that relate to the storytelling in your OER, namely the motivators, the audience, and the course materials.

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. We used a template [link above] to guide your teams in the process of creating your project storywork plan.

Review the quote from late Ojibway author Richard Wagamese in our slides [link above] — 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 emphasised 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 storywork for your resource - both its purpose and content - is critical throughout the publishing process to ensure you create an equitably and culturally sustainable resource.

Homework Activities

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

  1. Share your personal story by writing a bio (we’ll check in with you about this next week). You do not have to write an introduction yet (that’s way later down the road), but bios can be handy when you go to write your book’s introduction.
  2. Work as a team to identify marketing avenues to share your project’s story
  3. Post these pieces to your project-specific fori.

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

To let each other know of the progress you are making as you are working through the tasks of the week, post your reply to Session 3: Storytelling and Communications thread in the Discussion Forum prior to our next session:

  • What activities have you managed to complete?
  • What resources have you found that enrich storytelling in your OER?
  • What challenges have you faced and what solutions have you found to address those?

Leave a few thoughts around the outcomes of the upcoming Session 4: Managing and Growing Teams [Read the initial 5 slides].

  • What excites you,
  • would like to know more about,
  • or do you have questions about?

Hi all,
I wasn’t sure where to share my bio since I missed the last session (I’ll be back next week-promise!), so here it is:
Megan Schumaker-Murphy is a lifelong educator. She was an early intervention developmental therapist for ten years before becoming an assistant professor in Salem State University’s McKeown School of Education. She’s also worked as an Early Head Start teacher coach and special education preschool teacher. These experiences led Megan to understand how integral but rare culturally responsive family partnerships are in early childhood settings. Megan’s research, teaching, and community engagement center on how to better support the educators in very young children’s lives so that families are empowered and children have more equitable outcomes. Her most recent article, Supporting Male Caregivers During Home Visits is available in the June 2023 issue Young Exceptional Children. Megan lives with her husband and daughter in Salem, MA.

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Thank you @mmurphy ! You can leave that bio here but also make sure to add it to your Storytelling Worksheet and post that in your team’s forum area: Early Childhood Education - Rebus Community

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend,

Amy :star_struck: