The role of storytelling in higher education classrooms in the digital age

Date / Time: 4 April 2017


Professor Elizabeth Tisdell will present a workshop at the University of Waikato Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education, Room TT1.05 on 4 April 2017 from 10.00am - 11.30am.

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The purpose of this workshop is three-fold.  First, we will examine the role of storytelling in learning, and how it can be used in various types of classes in higher education.  Next, given that we live and teach in a digital age, this session will discuss the role of digital storytelling and then report the findings of a qualitative study examining learners’ perceptions of the experiences of transformative learning from the digital storytelling experience as used in a higher education course.  Finally, the session will engage workshop participants in the potential role of digital storytelling for transformative learning for themselves and/or their students by engaging in some experiential learning opportunities related to digital storytelling that can assist in their own teaching.


Dr.  Elizabeth Tisdell, is a Professor of Adult Education at Penn State University – Harrisburg and is the Coordinator of the Adult Education Doctoral Program. She received her: Ed.D. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia, in 1992, an M.A. in Religion from Fordham University in 1979, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Maine in 1977.

Her current research interests include the relationship between meditation embodied learning and health; and the role of digital story telling in facilitating transformative learning in higher ed and faculty development settings.  She has also done prior research in spirituality and adult learning, critical media literacy in teaching for diversity in adult education, in embodied learning,  in medical and health professions education, and in  financial literacy. Her scholarly work has appeared in numerous journals, books and edited books. Dr. Tisdell is the author of Exploring Spirituality and Culture in Adult and Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2003), the co-author (with Sharan Merriam) of Qualitative Research : A guide to Design and Implementation, 4th edition, (Jossey Bass 2016 ) , and is the co-editor and contributing chapter author of the Adult Education and the Pursuit of Wisdom (2011).  She served as the co-editor of the Adult Education Quarterly from 2006-2011.