On October 7th, the first postgraduate course in Storyline started at the University College of Boras, (UCB) Sweden. The course, ‘Storyline – a Constructivist Approach to Learning, 7,5 ECTs’, has attracted 41 participants, a mix of primary school teachers, secondary school teachers and even two upper secondary school teachers. Storyline as a teaching approach has been an ingredient in the teacher-training program at UCB for a couple of years, but this is the first time that the UCB arranges a commissioned education course. Three municipalities, Ulricehamn, Svenljunga and Munkedal are involved. Erik Lindberg, the author of ‘Storyline- den roda traden (‘Storyline – the Red Thread’), a language teacher and a lecturer at the UCB coordinates the course.
The main idea is that the participants, in peer groups, will design a Storyline adapted to the Swedish curriculum and syllabuses. They are also supposed to carry out their Storyline together with their own pupils during the run of the course, i.e. a blend of practical and theoretical work. In the literature list one will find not only Storyline reference books, but also books on constructivist theory and narrative theory. The course consists of lectures, workshops, seminars, web discussion groups etc. The participants will ‘digitally’ present their Storyline during their final examination. This examination will be held at the end of April 2006.