Online Story Telling to Enhance Employability
The paper begins by examining the many functions of story telling including understanding human action, establish meanings and helping to learn (Bruner,1990). It highlights the important role that stories play in non-formal learning settings like the workplace (Jonassen and Hernandez-Serrano, 2002) and paper argues that online e-stories can play a similarly important role in formal e-learning. It argues that students who are engaged in telling e-stories about their experiences of working with organisations reflect the complex nature of organisational issues. Furthermore, the paper contends that e-stories should form a basis for learning how to explore organisational issues and problems to enhance a students employability prospects. It maintains that using e-stories from real organisations not case studies from a text book should be used as a primary instructional method. It also makes a case for the opportunities for vicarious learning made possible through the telling and sharing of e-stories through a weblog. As well as providing a rationale for the use of e-stories the paper provides some empirical evidence from the use of e-stories with undergraduates. It examines the benefits and positive effects of stories, arguing that e-stories are a powerful means of instruction to enhance employability as the learner can relate to the characters (other students) and plot (other projects/presentations) within a specific online context. The paper provides details of how students engaged with e-stories told by individuals from real organisations and presented their recommendations via a web conference link and online presentations using Adobe Connect and Presenter. It also outlines how e-stories told by students about work related activities were shared with other students in the form of a weblog. The paper concludes by highlighting the benefits of e-story telling suggesting that e-stories can be used to provide richer examples of concepts, principles, or theories.
Keywords: Weblogs, Blogs, e-Learning, Web Conference, Story
Principal Lecturer, Department of Strategy and Innovation