Using Storytelling Strategies to Improve Student Comprehension in Online Classes

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Dr. Ottis Murray, Professor (Creator)
Dr. Rasby Marlene Powell, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: Previous research shows that presenting class material in story formats can improve student learning in lecture classes. This pilot study of eight sociology classes investigates the efficacy of using storytelling as a means to improve student comprehension in online classes. Our findings show that when material is presented in story format rather than traditional text book format, student comprehension of difficult theories and concepts improves and grades improve. This paper outlines the storytelling strategies we tested and makes suggestions for using storytelling across disciplines in online classes.

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Language: English
Date: 2012
Education, Student Comprehension, Teaching Strategies, Online Teaching Strategies

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