Mystory in the Online Environment
Three examples of a type of Mystory can be found on the Brain Spasms page of the University of Florida’s Department of English website. These particular examples are semi-autobiographical and as such the connections are entirely personal and therefore open to interpretation by individual readers. While certain types of Mystory are ambiguous in nature, others are easier to follow.
A guide that includes step by step information on how to construct a Mystory is a useful starting point. A lesson plan entitled ‘Capturing Wisdom with Technology’ for making a type of Mystory, a digital SELF Story, can be viewed on the Scribd website. The lesson plan is designed for students to make an iMovie and includes material adapted for ESL students.
Jo Horswill, an Australian artist, uses a form of Mystory as a way of gaining inspiration for her creative art and displaying that art and thought processes on her Blog Spot page ‘Mystory’. The resulting journey is interesting to read, explains the origins and evolution of her art, and could even be extended and enhanced further by using hyperlinked material.
The Mystory can be created in isolation or by interaction with others but is usually a map of how individuals view the world on any given topic. Although the lack of definite rules in creating a Mystory may at first seem confusing, it is exactly this quality that makes the process so easy. As a constructivist activity, the Mystory contributes well towards intuitive learning and developing interesting educational pedagogy for creative arts students, especially online learning in creative arts.