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Here be dragons: experiments with the concept of 'choose your own adventure' in the lecture room

Mundy, Darren P.; Consoli, Robert

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Dr Darren Mundy D.Mundy@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Digital Media, Associate Dean - Learning and Teaching

Mr Robert Consoli R.Consoli@hull.ac.uk
Lecturer in Digital Media/ Programme Leader, BA Digital Design

Abstract

One of the most traditional challenges of teaching is that of engaging learners with delivered content both within and outside of the taught environment. There are many different approaches to achieving learner engagement; however, this paper focuses on examining the translation and adaptation of an approach used principally by novelists, that of the non-linear narrative, to provide readers with active agency in choosing the direction of a story. The readers, in this case, are the learners and the story is the lecture. The approach is evaluated through an in-class qualitative study gathering comments from both the learners and the practitioners with regards to the impact of the approach on the learning environment and student experience. The evaluation suggests that whilst there can be problems in adopting the approach, it can have a positive impact on the learner environment, including increasing student motivation to study.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2013-05
Print ISSN 1470-3297
Electronic ISSN 1470-3300
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Issue 2
Pages 214-223
Institution Citation Mundy, D. P., & Consoli, R. (2013). Here be dragons: experiments with the concept of 'choose your own adventure' in the lecture room. Innovations in education and teaching international, 50(2), (214-223). doi:10.1080/14703297.2012.760869. ISSN 1470-3297
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14703297.2012.760869
Keywords Education