Storytelling

100% Online Program:  Three Web-based courses with an Online Tutorial

Awards a Certificate Suitable for Framing with the Certificate Credential Appearing on the Official University Transcript

"The stories we are willing to share with one another give our culture its values, beliefs, goals, and traditions, binding us together into a cohesive society, allowing us to work together with a common purpose. Storytelling lives at the heart of human experience""a compelling form of personal communication as ancient as language itself. Since the beginnings of humankind, we have shared through stories the events, beliefs, and values held dear by our families, communities, and cultures."

From The Call of Story

"The stories we are willing to share with one another give our culture its values, beliefs, goals, and traditions, binding us together into a cohesive society, allowing us to work together with a common purpose. Storytelling lives at the heart of human experience""a compelling form of personal communication as ancient as language itself. Since the beginnings of humankind, we have shared through stories the events, beliefs, and values held dear by our families, communities, and cultures."

From The Call of Story

Life is, truly, the grand narrative. Some theorists believe humans are born with stories living inside us and that we develop language for the purpose of being able to tell those stories. Imagine a group of people sitting around an evening campfire — the atmosphere is rich with mood and tone — and while around that fire, storytelling will naturally emerge. Stories enable children and adults to understand and make meaning in their lives. Storytellers tell tales of life past, present, and future — story is the richest heritage of human civilizations.

Storytelling has emerged from the grande oral tradition into "modern day" platforms represented in books, dance, music, theatre, movies, etc. Story preserves, perpetuates, and transforms culture and is finding new applications in education, corporations, industry, and entertainment — in settings in which people interact or seek to "escape". It is an emerging frontier with compelling possibilities.

The University of North Texas is the leading university of the Dallas Metroplex, the fourth–largest university in Texas (more than 30,000 students), and is listed as one of America's 100 Best College Buys. The UNT Department of Information Science is also a top-rated program as ranked by U.S. News and World Reports.

The Graduate Academic Certificate program is intended for two audiences:

  • Master’s degreed library and information science professionals who want to develop expertise in Storytelling and receive a Graduate Academic Certificate.
  • Bachelor's or Master's degreed individuals in any field who want to develop or enhance their knowledge of Storytelling by taking Master's level courses and receiving a Graduate Academic Certificate.

Required Courses for the Storytelling Certificate

  • Four courses are required for a total of 12 Hours:

    Required Courses:

  • INFO 5440 – Storytelling for Information Professionals (3 hours)
    • Storytelling ethnography, history, theory, methods, and bibliographic resources. Story research, analysis, selection, adaptation, and preparation. Oral performance development and audience dynamics. Program planning, implementation, evaluation, and grant writing for schools, libraries or other information settings.
  • INFO 5441 – Advanced Storytelling for Information Professionals (3 hours)
    • Personal storytelling performance development -- psycho-social development; voice and vocal dynamics; movement and gesture; facial expression, posture and performance dress; characterization; dialect and linguistic factors; musical effects; nonverbal behaviors and silence/pause. Training for public storytelling performances in libraries, schools, and community information settings. Advanced program planning, including development, implementation and evaluation of an individual or group storytelling concert. Advanced study of the current trends in storytelling.
  • Elective Courses; choose two of the following:

    • INFO 5442– Digital Storytelling (3 hours)
      • Digital storytelling is a method of combining images, text, music, and the spoken word to create a story presentation that supports teaching, learning, self-expression, marketing, and other communication and community-building objectives. In this course, students will study storytelling tenets and will apply the developmental and technical aspects of creating a digital storytelling presentation. Students will explore theoretical and empirical literature supporting digital storytelling projects and strategies for information seeking and sharing, and they will demonstrate practical approaches for creating digital storytelling projects, for using digital storytelling for classroom projects, and for leading digital storytelling workshops for community-building events.  
    • INFO 5443– Storytelling Knowledge Transfer (3 hours)
      • Storytelling is an inherent form of communicating and of learning. This makes it a powerful tool for knowledge management strategies, particularly that of knowledge transfer. The two overarching learning goals for students of this course are to 1. Construct an approach for using storytelling as a knowledge management (KM) process for sharing/capturing tacit knowledge and 2. Develop best practices for using storytelling to implement a KM program. Students will explore how theoretical and practical tenets of storytelling are used to realize KM goals of creating, capturing, and sharing tacit organizational knowledge. In addition to theoretical research and practical discussion, students will: 1) Develop and perform stories to support key aspects of a knowledge management infrastructure and 2) Apply interviewing and coaching methods to elicit stories from others.
    • INFO 5445 – History and Culture of Youth Information Services (3 hours)
      • History of youth services librarianship. Theory and methods of ethnographic evaluation. Community assessment and interviews. Users and designers of youth information services and systems. Current trends.
    • Another course as negotiated with the Coordinator

All twelve hours of coursework taken for this Graduate Academic Certificate will apply toward the Master’s Program in the University of North Texas Department of Information Science.  The courses required are offered year-round and are taught by a team of full-time graduate professors. The Department of Information Science offers Web-based Master’s degree programs in both Youth Librarianship and School Librarianship, as well as seven other library and information sciences Programs of Study.  The Department of Information Science Master's degree requires 36 hours of course work for completion. Information about tuition and fee rate schedules for the Graduate Academic Certificate courses can be found on the on the UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services Website.

Required Tutorial for Graduate Academic Certificate Students

All of the courses for this certificate are completed online. Students admitted for the Graduate Academic Certificate program are required to complete a Blackboard tutorial prior to starting their courses.  This tutorial is also completed online and is done via Blackboard, which is the platform in which you will take your courses. There is no fee to access tutorial. The tutorial will take approximately 4–6 hours and will walk you through the steps for using Blackboard — learning how to use discussion forums, Blackboard email, and other functions critical to your success. While some apt individuals may innately figure out how to do the basic functions in Blackboard, the tutorial gives you insight into many advanced functions that are not apparent, such as how to compile course content, information management, etc.

Once you are admitted to Department of Information Science, there is a two step process for setting up your tutorial.

  1. Setting up your EUID.

    What is my EUID and How do I Get It/Know What It Is?  You will need to set up your EUID before you can register for courses and get your tutorial. Visit https://ams.unt.edu/ to learn more and set up your EUID.  Be sure and remember your EUID and password and set up the password expiration reminder.

  2. Request the Tutorial

    Once your EUID is established, you must request the Blackboard tutorial by contacting the advisor at Tonda.Bone@unt.edu.

Once You Are Admitted

Once admitted, you will be assigned an advisor who will assist you in getting enrolled for classes and beginning the Graduate Academic Certificate Program.

Note: If you are a current IS Master’s student and you are applying for a GAC, please complete the Application for Concurrent Graduate Academic Certificate Programs (EUID and UNT password login required) so that your academic certificate program will show up on your transcript. If you do not complete the form before your graduating semester, the Toulouse Graduate School will not accept your request for the certificate.

Academic Certificate Completion Form and Request to Receive Your Certificate

Once you complete your course work, please submit the Request for Graduate Academic Certificate of Completion form to receive your certificate.

Contact Information

Title Contact E-mail
Coordinator: Dr. Tonda Bone Tonda.Bone@unt.edu
Asst. Dir., Student Support Services Rachel Hall CI-Advising@unt.edu
Department Chair Dr. Yunfei Du LIS-Chair@unt.edu

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*Students admitted to the Storytelling Graduate Academic Certificate program, prior to the fall 2018 term can discuss the certificate reuirements with their academic advisor.