SLIS 5441 Advanced Storytelling banner image

SLIS 5441 Advanced Storytelling
Syllabus

Page Navigation

Related Links

 

Dr. Elizabeth Figa

(c) 2013 Elizabeth Figa, PhD
Elizabeth.Figa@unt.edu

The 5441 course and its content are copyrighted and may not be reprinted, revised, reformatted, or refactored for distribution or publication in any form or venue without permission of the author or the University of North Texas.

Welcome to the Advanced Storytelling Class!

SLIS 5441 Advanced Storytelling. 3 hours. Official SLIS Course Description

Personal storytelling performance development -- psycho-social development; voice and vocal dynamics; movement and gesture; facial expression, posture and performance dress; characterization; dialect and linguistic factors; musical effects; nonverbal behaviors. Training for public storytelling performances in libraries, schools, and community information settings. Advanced program planning, including development, implementation and evaluation of an individual or group storytelling concert. Advanced study of the current trends and research in storytelling.

Course Overview And Objectives

Hello! I am Elizabeth Figa the instructor and designer of SLIS 5441 Advanced Storytelling for Information Professionals. This is a dynamic and comprehensive graduate-level course that provides in-depth study of specific, advanced techniques of storytelling and storytelling concert development. Who should take this course? Students who have had SLIS 5440 Youth Programs and Storytelling as the required prerequisite or who have consent of the instructor and students seeking the Graduate Academic Certificate in Storytelling.

Objectives:

Course Access

This course is presented entirely online via Blackboard Technology. The course begins the first official day of classes in the semesters in which it is offered. Registered students will be uploaded into the student database and can access the course using their UNT EUID and PASSWORD beginning on the first day. Course modules will be timed and are explained in the full course syllabus and course calendar. An important note about course access: At times, the overnight uploads of the student database, which is done by Student Records and the Blackboard Divisions, takes longer than anticipated or has technical problems. Please do not be alarmed if you do not have access to the Storytelling course the first or second day of class or if your access is suddenly problematic. Your faculty and teaching assistants anticipate access problems and we will work with the uploaded data to ensure every student has access as soon as possible. If you are registered for the class and experience access problems, please consult the Blackboard Student Resources page. If you need further assistance, please send an email to Elizabeth Figa or one of the teaching assistants at the email addresses listed below. Please be patient with us -- your access to the course is our highest priority! You will not get behind in the course the first few days and you can read ahead in your textt.

Contact Information

Elizabeth G. Figa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of North Texas
School of Library and Information Sciences
UNT Discovery Park, Room E295L
3940 N. Elm St.
Denton, TX 76207-7102
Work: (940) 565-2187
Fax: (940) 565-3101
Email: elizabeth.figa@unt.edu
WWW: http://courses.unt.edu/efiga/Figa/

Required Course Materials

Students should order the required texts in advance!! See below for ordering the texts.

Doug, Lipman. The Storytelling Coach: How to Listen, Praise, and Bring Out People's Best. August House, Inc. 1995. Paperback. ISBN: 087483435X

Optional, but suggested for your professional collection:

de Las Casas, Dianne. The Story Biz Handbook. Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

Ordering Suggestions:

Other readings as provided in the course and through the library.

Required Style Manual:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2009). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

Required Course Technology

Reliable Internet access is required. Please do NOT take this course if you do not have access to reliable high-speed Internet in order to perform your stories.

Blackboard is the course management software used at UNT; please see the Blackboard Vista Browser and Computer in order to ensure your computer system meets the minimum requirements to work with Blackboard Vista, and to check your Java.

This course requires that students have computing technology and equipment specifications as follows:

1. Hardware. See the Blackboard Vista Technology Requirements page for hardware components to support Blackboard.

2. Streaming Media Player. To view the storytelling videos of guest artists, you will need to have a streaming video player with speakers to hear the audio.

3. Microphone. You will need a microphone to record digital audio files.

4. Web camera. You will need a Web camera in order to participate in Live Classroom. An integrated Web camera is sufficient.

5. Required Technology and Software. Other software (e.g., voice board, Live Classrom) is provided through the course.

Assignments

Please see the Assignments List & Info page in the course menu for details on these assignments.

Class Participation: Full participation in all class activities, exercises, forum discussions, rehearsal exchanges, coaching feedback, and the storytelling concert planning, implementation and evaluation.

Concert Work: Full participation in concert-related posts and activities; committee tasks; and reviewing the concert site before public release.

Storytelling #1: Preparation and submission of one folk, fairy or contemporary tale and story #1 composite briefing. (audio + text).

Storytelling #2: Preparation and submission of one poem, song, ballad, rap, finger play, puppet performance, rhythm piece, participation story, etc. and story #2 composite briefing. (audio + text).

Storytelling #3: Preparation and submission of your selected concert performance piece as a "rehearsal" for your final submission as Storytelling #4. Also, related composite briefing. (audio + text). 

Storytelling #4: Preparation and submission of concert storytelling performance piece (audio).

Abstract of Concert Performance piece: Submission of an abstract of your performance piece, for inclusion on the Concert Web site.

Personal Storyteller Biography.

The Course Content

Content is introduced through 13 topical modules, which are divided into 3 units.

Discussion posts are due weekly as noted on the course calendar.

Performances and other assignments are due over the span of the course as noted in the course calendar. See the Assignments section above.

Unit One

Modules 1 - 6 | Introduction, Concert Work, Personal Storytelling and Skills Development Work

Assignments in this unit:

Full participation in weekly discussion work. (Graded weekly, points will vary)

Full participation in concert planning committee. (Graded weekly, points will vary)

Storytelling #1: Preparation and submission of one folk, fairy or contemporary tale and story #1 composite briefing. (audio + text) (15 points)

Storytelling #2: Preparation and submission of one poem, song, ballad, rap, finger play, puppet performance, rhythm piece, participation story, etc. and story #2 composite briefing. (audio + text) (15 points)

Unit Two

Modules 7 - 10 | Concert Planning, Audience Developoment, Storytelling for Adults & Elders

Assignments in this unit:

Full participation in weekly discussion work. (Graded weekly, points will vary)

Full participation in concert planning committee. (Graded weekly, points will vary)

Storytelling #3: Preparation and submission of your selected concert performance as rehearsal for finalized submission in Storytelling #4. Also, related composite briefing. (audio + text). (15 points)

Storytelling #4: Preparation and submission of concert storytelling performance audio (no composite briefing). (audio) (25 points)

Unit Three

Modules 11 - 15 | Developing Youth Storytellers, Storytelling Opportunities, Concert Debriefing

Assignments in this unit:

Full participation in weekly discussion work. (Graded weekly, points will vary)

Full participation in concert planning committee. (Graded weekly, points will vary)

Performance Piece Abstract. (5 points)

Personal Storyteller Biography. (10 points)