My third instalment of feature posts, sees a set of StoryCubes Sarah Thelwall used in her Market Day workshop. Sarah gave some great views on the StoryCubes, which can be seen below in my email interview.
RP: Why did you choose to use StoryCubes in your workshop?
ST: I am very keen to develop and use 3d tools when delivering training because it appeals to the kinaesthetic learners and suits people with a visual rather than text based learning preference. Plus, 3d objects are more likely to end up on a table not tucked away in a folder with all the a4 paper handouts.
RP: Do you think they are an effective tool? If so, please specify.
ST: they are a highly effective tool, they demand a high level of engagement from a participant, you can’t just coast through an exercise you have to work out what you think and answer the question that has been set.
RP: How did people react to the StoryCubes? What did they do with them?
ST: they always react to them very well, they are part of a full one day workshop where every activity is accompanied by a 3d object … a visual mnemonic for the learning. the task is to select appropriate stickers from a wide selection and create a storycube to act as a reminder of actions to undertake as part of marketing communications.
RP: Were there any interesting stories that came up?
ST: well the stories that tend to come up relate to the participant having to make choices … there are only 6 sides and about 20 possible stickers so they have to be focused in their selection and they can’t fit in more than one sticker per side.
RP: Would you use the StoryCubes again? For the same or other purposes?
ST: I’ve been using them for several years with this workshop and have recommended them to others, I will continue to do both.
RP: Have you used the cube format in any other projects?
ST: I use them from time to time in other workshops and when designing new learning experiences.
RP: What qualities do the StoryCubes bring to a project like this?
ST: easy to use, versatile, inexpensive, accretive, promote dialogue & conversation.
Sarah gave some really interesting insights here. My favourite quote is, ‘3d objects are more likely to end up on the table not tucked away in a folder with all the a4 paper handouts.’ This, to me illustrates the different type of dimension the StoryCubes bring to the table – much more interactive, playful, and way more exciting than in a piece of paper.
Judging by Sarah’s response, not only is there a positive response from the participants, ‘they always react well to them’ but also from Sarah herself, ‘i’ve been using them for several years, I will continue to do both… they are a highly effective tool…’
Be sure to come back to read next week’s surprise feature post!