Week 02: The Hero’s Journey

Instructor Notes

Instructor Notes

As we establish our context for this course, it’s useful to understand basic story structure.  Our culture is shaped and reshaped by the same basic stories and archetype characters, generation after generation.   The Hero’s Journey permeates religion, books, movies, families, school, politics, and all of society.  You will recognize it immediately.   These stories we tell are our culture – reflecting our values and beliefs that we pass along the generations.  These are traditional story structures told in traditional formats – rather analog really.  This is an important context to understand as digital media and digital culture takes us in many new and unexpected directions.

Secondly, The Hero’s Journey may also represent an educational journey.  A learner leaving their comfort zone: facing a variety of challenges: finding help from mentors and sidekicks; and completing the journey better for-it.  Triumphant.  This is a useful framework to keep in mind as a lifelong-learner and certainly as a framework for INTE5340.

Module Notes

Module 01: Context

In this module we will establish the context for this course.

  • Week 01: Orientation – We’ll take some time for introductions to one another and the conventions used in this course. (Scavenger Hunt Challenge)
  • Week 02: The Hero’s Journey – We’ll explore the traditional story structure of the Hero’s Journey and how that translates to the student’s journey.  (Challenge – your pick)
  • Week 03: Digital Storytelling – We’ll review digital storytelling itself; exploring established practices, tools, and applications in the classroom. (Summary & Reflection)


Class Podcast


Class Soundtrack

This is a collaborative playlist in Spotify.  If you have a Spotify account (free), I will invite you to contribute, but it’s not required.  This is tied to a few class activities and will evolve based on your ideas and input.


Open in Spotify   



We’ve used Twitter extensively in past versions of this course, but it is no longer required.

We’ll keep using #inte5340 if you want to post and share things here – it’s useful for connecting with #inte5340 and #ds106 communities as well as the Social Fiction Challenge.

If you post to Twitter, be sure to use #inte5340 so we can find it.



Weekly Watch

(1) What Makes a Hero | (2) Vonnegut: The Shapes of Stories | (3) Every Story is the Same
(highlight video title above to discuss | click on playlist icon to pick videos )

Week Two Tasks

(1) Watch and annotate the videos in the Weekly Watchlist (above).  I’ve left prompts in hypothes.is here and there.

(2) Complete the Weekly-Thing.   Each week we will ask you to do a small thing related to this week’s topic.  The Weekly-Thing is posted to the #mixtape channel on Slack each Tuesday.  Find it.  Do it. Post it to the #mixtape channel.  

(3) Read & annotate the following article(s) within your assigned hypothes.is group:

Uhl, C., & Lankenau, G. (2013). Awakening to the Hero’s Journey in Teaching and Learning. Sustainability in Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Transformation, 291. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/2rxZAGR

(4) Complete a Challenge from the Challenges-list, using graphics or audio.   Pick any Challenge from the list – your choice.   Make it.  Post it to the #module01 Slack channel.

(5) Review the Challenges submitted by classmates in #module01 – give feedback on any of the Challenges submitted this week.

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