2000, Oxford University Press, Kindle Version
by Emily Ball Cicchini
Gabriel’s culmination of 10 years of organizational study, focusing on narrative story collection, is a highly satisfying, easy-to-read application of narrative theory to organizational communication. Firmly grounded in Aristotle, Bakhtin, Barthes, Boje, Bruner, Burke, Carniawska, Derrida, Eco, Foucault, Freud, Fromm, Frye, Giddens, [...]
Being on the inside of the production of two MOOCs for the edX platform after years working in instructional technology illuminates how this project differs from other educational multimedia web projects. While it’s hard to be conclusive, as our MOOCs are still in deployment, allow me to share some initial impressions about roles and responsibilities [...]
Now that we’ve launched the Age of Globalization, I can pause for just a moment to reflect upon how the course has come together.
I’ve been telling my theatre friends that the difference between putting on a show and putting on a MOOC is that in theatre, you have a tech week.
With these [...]
We are about a month away from launching our two courses, Ideas of the 20th Century and Age of Globalization in the edX platform. My role is a combination cheerleader, advocate, dreamer, learner, fundraiser, marketer, promoter and producer, and sometimes project task master. All of our roles in this venture have been in [...]
Exactly a year ago, I was sitting at a white-clothed breakfast table at the MIT Hyatt Regency with members of the instructional technology staff of Harvard, hearing for the first time about the edX project. It was the 2012 New Media Consortium conference, and I was mainly concerned at the time [...]
One of the interesting aspects of Communication Studies as a field is the sheer volume of theories generated and accepted to describe what’s happening within (and sometimes across and between) organizations. It’s tempting to believe there are so many floating around you could find a theory to apply to almost any situation, without ever having [...]
Early on at this year’s SXSWEDU, I noticed a disconnect between those who were there to launch their new edtech startup and those who were there to engage technology to transform learning (so did the Chronicle of Higher Ed today). It’s in SXSW’s blood to be entrepreneurial and commercially focused, coming from [...]
ICWP is a longstanding international network for female playwrights. I’ve been a member since 1996 and have met dozens of interesting people through it. Almost all the contact has been virtual. It’s a textbook “virtual community” by Howard Reingold‘s definition. It’s been both a support group and a critical responder to my work [...]
I have been thinking lately a lot about what would happen if you tried to define the Internet as an organization.
There are some common sense assumptions we make when we think about organizations. One is that they are hierarchical in structure. Another is that they are formed to serve some overriding mission or purpose [...]
I practice, study, and write about how the Internet is (and is not) changing the way we make, share, and reflect upon stories. My mission is to co-create engaging, enlightening, and educational experiences for all people.
I'm pursuing a PhD in organizational communication and technology, with an emphasis on narrative theory, and hold a BFA from The Goodman School of Drama/DePaul University and MFA from The University of Texas at Austin (James A. Michener Fellow).
As a special projects manager, I work on a variety of websites related to liberal arts, instruction, and the Internet at the University of Texas at Austin, most recently as product manager of two new courses being prepared for the EdX consortium for Fall 2013.
As resident playwright at The Pollyanna Theatre Company, I write award-winning plays for a troupe of professional artists that perform original new plays for young audiences. I've also written scripts for radio, film, and interactive media.
Prior to moving into higher education administration, I taught acting, directing, movement, voice, playwriting and screenwriting at the college level and as a community-based teaching artist; grantwriting and fundraising in professional workshops and seminars nation-wide; and arts integration as a certified provider of professional development for PreK-12 teachers. I co-founded several non-profits and have served on many boards of directors.
Once upon a time I was a serious actor and comedy improviser.
I'm also a grateful happy wife and mommy.