Applying Narrative Technique and Student-Generated Media to Promote Critical Thinking and Student Agency for Online Learners

  • Rik BairEmail author
  • Beth Teagarden Bair
Conference paper
Part of the Educational Communications and Technology Yearbook book series (ECTY)


As universities strive to improve the delivery of meaningful, engaging online educational content, they explore learning environments that can be blended with digitalized instruction tools focused on developing critical thinking skills and student agency. The authors explore how instructional designers could integrate student-generated media narrative techniques with a variety of instructional technology tools to increase critical thinking and student agency in content. The authors also discuss how blending student-generated media narrative technique with connectivism can lead to a highly engaging instructional design. As the authors discuss the narrative technique, they present critical thinking skills, alternative technology tools, and a strategy for student agency.


Narrative Critical thinking Student agency Student-generated media Instructional technology Adult learners Online Distance learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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