The Age of Autobiography and Narrative Technology

  • Tony Hall
Part of the Digital Education and Learning book series (DEAL)


Increasingly, technology seems to be used narratively in society, for example, the storying of self through social media. This chapter locates the research outlined in the book in the contemporary and prevailing, socio-narrative context, or Age of Autobiography. The chapter provides a definition of narrative and outlines its foundational role in education, drawing on key contemporary debates and themes concerning the salience of storytelling in learning and teaching. This discussion leads into an introduction to narrative technology, which is defined according to two broad types: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic narrative technology can be used to refer to digital tools created with a bespoke storytelling purpose, for example, animation, micro-blogging and social media. Extrinsic narrative technology describes those digital tools that—although perhaps not expressly originally designed for storytelling—can be appropriated or repurposed to support engaging and powerful narrative design of learning. The chapter illustrates narrative technology in action, and how it can be deployed in different learning contexts to enhance learner engagement and creativity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony Hall
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  1. 1.School of EducationNational University of Ireland GalwayGalwayIreland

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