Once Upon a Time: Storytelling as a Tool for Teaching and Learning

This page: tinyurl.com/KCstorytelling

Last offered: 2/3/17, 9:30 - 10:45 am, 202 LaFortune


  • Andre Audette, Kaneb Center Associate and postdoctoral scholar in political science;
  • Chris Clark, Assistant Director, Kaneb Center; 
  • Patrick Clauss, Director, First Year Writing and Rhetoric;
  • Elena Mangione-Lora, Associate Professional Specialist, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures,
  • and Brittany Flokstra, Instructor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Northern Iowa.

NOTE: this session is a result of the presenters' participation in the Wakonse Conference on College Teaching.

Description: Stories are powerful vehicles for carrying all kinds of messages. In this session, requested by organizers of the "Three Minute Thesis" competition, participants will learn how stories can enhance learning in any discipline. 

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe an example of storytelling in their discipline, and
  • Discuss the importance of stories in learning.

What to Bring:

An open mind and creative ideas.


Handout from April 2017 and story worksheet

Online Resources:

Selected resources (there were so many that we put them on a separate page)

Certificates: Each attendance can an apply toward these graduate student/postdoc certificates:

NOTE: also counts towards the grad school's Three-Minute Thesis program.

* Previous presenters included  Karen Hooge Michalka, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology; Paul McDowell, Associate Professional Specialist, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; and Joseph Michalka, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

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