We set out to learn more about how Storify can be used for learning. Three people volunteered to produce an account of their day at the MELSIG Nottingham Trent University event. Only two were attending!
Telling different stories: a storify for learning experiment
Telling Different Stories
Rebecca Sellars, Neil Withnell and Graham McElearney
(re)storying learning experiences for a digital age
MELSIG, Nottingham Trent University, 8th January 2016
This was the Plan we created in Google Docs
• To create three crafted accounts of the day.
• Each person will not only gather, sift and select items to incorporate in their Storify, you
will work as a journalist to address a question that you devise for yourself. This means on
the day you are likely to directly ask people to take a photograph, video, ask them a
question or two, etc. to help you find answers to your question. You might want to prime
people beforehand as necessary or just see who responds or who you find on the day.
• I will announce the activity in the introduction to the day.
• Each Storify will incorporate Tweets and other media using the hashtag #melsigntu.
tweets, images, video, audio, links and any other media and artefacts may be
incorporated. You may identify materials ahead of the event that you know you want to
share on the day or just incorporate in your Storify.
• The Storify will be structured by your narrative which you will write into the Storify. This
may begin with a question, quote, statement (etc).
• The Storifies produced may be relatively short. They will be rich and informing.
How did it go?
• What level of experience have you with social media and Storify?
• What was your starting point? How well established was the focus of
your narrative when you set out?
• How did you ensure you got the content you needed?
• What are your reflections on the range of media you included?
• How pleased are you with creating a strong narrative?
• Was your Storify too long or too short?
A day long experiment on how we can
construct rich learning stories
• People attending or connected to the day were asked to “Please 'feed‘”the
experimentors with ‘content’: Rebecca Sellars (@becksell2001), Neil
Withnell (@neilwithnell) and Graham McElearney (@GrahamMacca)
• We regrouped at 15.15 in the afternoon to see how the experiment had
• Neil Withnell was connecting from Salford. Graham and Rebecca were at
the event. (Unforntuantely the connection via Google Hangouts crashed
during the feedback session).
• Check the event page for more on what happened and what we learnt: