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ERIC Number: ED565156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
Getting off the Straight and Narrow: Exploiting Non-Linear, Interactive Narrative Structures in Digital Stories for Language Teaching
Prosser, Andrew, Paper presented at the 2014 EUROCALL Conference (Groningen, The Netherlands, Aug 20-23, 2014)
Digital storytelling is already used extensively in language education. Web documentaries, particularly in terms of design and narrative structure, provide an extension of the digital storytelling concept, specifically in terms of increased interactivity. Using a model of interactive, non-linear storytelling, originally derived from computer game design, this presentation aims to illustrate how digital stories may be developed into more interactive experiences for learners. This paper will show an example of teacher-created digital story, which allows learners to choose and follow their own individualized paths through the story. Interactivity often means a more engaging, personalized experience for the user, but in terms of educational, instructional design, it also means such stories may become more adaptable to the specific needs, interests and abilities of the individual language learner. Ultimately, interactive narrative models can be used to create, it could be argued, more constructivist, active learning environments. Alongside, the potential benefits of such narrative designs in educational contexts, however, possible drawbacks in their use need to be addressed. Specifically, to what degree interactivity is actually exploited by a user, and to what degree interactive stories may actually increase the cognitive load a learner experiences, ultimately having a negative impact on their learning. [For full proceedings, see ED565087.] La Grange des Noyes, 25110 Voillans, France. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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