Part 5: Using story for learning

The use of story for learning and teaching will be our focus in this part of the course. From storytelling and storymaking to storysharing, we will explore together the value of story in a higher education context. This will allow for the sharing of experiences to enhance collaborative knowledge building.


  1. Find a story that captivated you and bring this with you to the session/capture a short post about it in your portfolio and reflect on the magic inredients.

  2. Put a story together using 3 photographs, with captions.

  3. Read:  Brabazon, T. (2015) A self on a screen: Visioning community and context through digital storytelling, available at

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

By the end of this section, you will have had the opportunity to:

  1. Critically reflect on the current use of story in your professional practice
  2. Discuss story for learning and teaching in higher education
  3. Explore possibilities to use story for teaching or supporting learning

Suggested reading

Moon, J. (2010) Using Story In Higher Education and Professional Development, Oxon: Routledge.


Share your activities via the #creativeHE community at and engage with others in a conversation around these.

To earn a badge, engage with at least one of the following activities and capture the evidence in your portfolio.

1 -ILO1- Watch the following clip, reflect on the question and respond in your portfolio.

2-ILO2- The following presentation will give you further insight into digital storytelling. Create an artefact that captures your understanding of story for learning and teaching. Capture the student or the teacher perspective, or both if you wish.

3 -ILO2, ILO3- Critically reflect on using story in your own professional context. Briefly describe the current situation in your place of work. Identify opportunities for using story linked to a specific unit/module/programme, based on an informed pedagogic rationale that would be of value for your students. Capture your reflections in your portfolio.


Decide which idea you are going to develop into the project. Define first of all what you would like to achieve and then put a plan together on how you are going to achieve it. What needs to happen when? What resources do you need? Do you require any extra help? Add the evaluation to the plan from the beginning. Remember to keep it small so that it is manageable. Consider using excel (Gauntt chart template available here) or Google drive (spreadsheet). Treat this exercise as a pilot for future work.


  1. Storybird (create a picture book)

  2. PowToon (create an animation or two)

  3. Make beliefs comix (create a mini comic strip)


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