How To Teach Transmedia Storytelling Using Conducttr, Robert Pratten's Powerful Transmedia Storytelling Tool
Professor Randall Kapuscinski has written a February 20th, 2013 post about his experiences teaching a class in Transmedia Strategies at Sheridan College, one of Canada's premier polytechnic institutes.
Professor Kapuscinski's approach?
Creating "a transmedia story experience for my students using Conducttr." In other words, Professor Kapuscinski used one of the most powerful transmedia storytelling tools to make the students part of a transmedia story.
Using the new tools to create an immersive and interactive educational experience may seem like a natural idea - but Professor Kapuscinski's course is sadly still an exception. Most educators at the college level were trained in the Old World - and consequently the college-level classes for storytellers and filmmakers in many developed countries have been slow to recognize the importance of interactivity.
(Full Disclosure: I have been talking to Robert Pratten about the potential for Conducttr as an educational tool - and I have written about Conducttr and Robert Pratten elsewhere on this blog.)
Here is how Professor Kapuscinski introduces Conducttr to his students: "If you are not familiar with Conducttr, it is described as a ‘pervasive entertainment platform’. The goal of Conducttr is to provide a system that allows you to design and deliver a story experience across many platforms including SMS, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and many more. (If you are interested in more information on how Conducttr works, check out the video [above].)"
The results, according to Professor Kapuscinski?
"1. I think Conducttr is a very nice system with a lot of potential
2. Embedding a transmedia story experience within a transmedia course can be an effective approach
3. Using Conducttr to drive this sort of experience is something I would definitely try again next September"
Thanks to that remarkable chronicler of all-things-transmedia, Fiona Milburn, for the link.