Since the beginning of the quarter in our Digital Storytelling course, we have been going nonstop with adding content to our Immersive Engagement project in The Hero’s Journey. With a new sim and land at our creative prospect, we took all of our ideas and made them possible. Though some steps have yet to still be added, we have made our virtual space flourish.
Along the way of working in our virtual space, I have been documenting the progress of work in a page of mine. This page features links to each post made for the Digital Storytelling course, images of our work in virtual space, and Visual Vocabulary. Here is the link to that page here on WordPress.
With my step being Step 12, I have been adding the ideas that I have brainstormed in previous assignments. Thus far with the creation of step, it is featuring gallery items, our previous sim’s campfire area, and also has some friendly woodland critters coming to join us as we reach the end of our journey.
Though the step has come a long way from being the hill centered in the sim to arrange the layout of where our steps would be, it still has a few items to incorporate. Items I am working on will have textures soon and the step will have other items to come. These items are the Cedar Trees, Message-in-a-bottle, Rays of light, and scrolls to represent diplomas.
The effect that my step will bring will show others the progress made by those that have taken The Hero’s Journey. It highlights work made by those students before use, of the present, and will be a placeholder for future students as well. This step is the bookend of the storytelling experiences that we have been perfecting since the beginning of The Hero’s Journey.
Thinking ahead into the campus scavenger hunt that The Hero’s Journey will be taking place on campus at Peninsula College, places that will feature my step will be two locations. First will be the Administration building which represents the college alumni, this works with the symbolism of previous heroes from our college. Second will be the Longhouse, featured towards the campfire that we surround at the trail end of our journey, we come here with our elixirs and tell our stories of success as heroes.
With our scavenger hunt, we will be working with our Keys to Success, they will be implemented through augmented reality or QR code while those experiences the journey on campus with the scavenger hunt. My ideas for those keys in relation to the areas associated with my step, I have thought of a few possibilities of which keys could be found. These keys would possibly be Connect, Communicate, Enrich, or Respect.
All 12 Steps
The Hero’s Journey
Chris and Joseph – Step 1: Ordinary World – This step refers to the hero’s normal life at the start of the story, before the adventure begins.
Chris and Joseph’s step has been the must fluctuating step that the project has been working on, and for good reason as this is the first step. Lots of amazing ideas have been made for their step and even before their step as they help people gain their footing as they enter Second Life. You can really feel the reflection of the real world in this step and the urge for adventure as you are encouraged to take the journey.
Step 2: Call to Adventure – The hero is faced with something that makes them begin their adventure. This might be a problem or a challenge they needs to overcome.
Seth’s archways make their respected return to the sim and will guide way to which defining step you will take as you pursue your adventure. As you leave from “your room” in Step 1, you will come to the paths that you feel is the purpose of taking the journey. This step will represent which kind of story you will tell in the end.
Blair (Robert) – Step 3: Refusal of the Call – The hero attempts to refuse the adventure because they are afraid.
Everyone may have their doubts when choosing to take an adventure. As college students we face troubles such as financial trouble, the lack of help or encouragement, and sometimes even the motivation to get going. Blair’s step shares with us the symbolism that can get in the way of our path to starting out, showing the snakes circling the gold that we need to keep going, but fear not as our friends the weasels are here to show us the way of overcoming our turmoil.
Step 4: Meeting with the Mentor – The hero encounters someone who can give them advice and ready them for the journey ahead.
Every journey isn’t complete without a mentor, the one that gives us the knowledge that we utilize on our way. The apple trees are always ripe for the picking, so do not hesitate to fill your need for knowledge in the times that you need it most. Your mentors are the Heroes along the journey as well that have seen those taken the journey many a time, so they will have all the information that you will need.
Isaiah – Step 5: Crossing the First Threshold – The hero leaves their ordinary world for the first time and crosses the threshold into adventure.
After making our way on our adventure, we cross into the first threshold. We are far deep into what we have begun and now we will boldly follow our steps of our story to the end. Isaiah has sprouted a tree rooted to a room full of the information of what types of tasks other’s will be at hand and ways we can look into those tasks. The threshold sprouts much needed information as we take our journey.
Christeal – Step 6: Tests, Allies, Enemies – The hero learns the rules of their new world. During this time, they endure tests of strength of will, meets friends, and comes face to face with foes.
Along the way we are met with our greatest of allies and enemies, all in the midst of tests that challenge us. Our allies are shown as our wildlife along The Hero’s Journey. Here shown is Christeal’s allies that will be helping us along the way. The orca’s show us how we must test our ways with our ecosystem and to be sure that we are never our own enemies when it comes to protecting our environments.
Step 7: Approach – Setbacks occur, sometimes causing the hero to try a new approach or adopt new ideas.
Everyday we have ways to approaching different tasks. This shows us that we must always take different ways towards adapting to what is at hand. There is never any pond too shallow or ocean too deep for us to surpass as we make our way as heroes.
Nick – Step 8: Ordeal – The hero experiences a major hurdle or obstacle, such as a life or death crisis.
As heroes, we all have the time of facing our greatest of challenges. Here we are brought to the cave that Nick has devised to represent what we will face as our ordeal. We are challenged to make it through the cave with our tested knowledge to find our way to the end. Choose your directions wisely.
Donald – Step 9: Reward – After surviving death, the hero earns their reward or accomplishes their goal.
As we make it out of the ordeal, we are pleased with our reward. The reward could mean so much to us as heroes and what we receive as a reward could just be the start of something new along our adventures. With this reward we are truly aware of what we have done to accomplish what we have gained.
Step 10: The Road Back – The hero begins their journey back to their ordinary life.
Now that we have faced many challenges on our journey, we are own our way back home. The trails loop back around and we come back with new understandings that we did not have before. We feel recharged and we can see a new light guiding our way.
James and Patrick – Step 11: Resurrection Hero – The hero faces a final test where everything is at stake and they must use everything they has learned.
After a long journey, you as a hero feel recharged and have the need to look towards the future. James and Patrick have developed a center that gives new sparks of insight to us as heroes knowing we will someday continue on to a new journey. The center will be a symbol of research of information we can acquire as plan for our future.
Jack – Step 12: Return with Elixir – The hero brings their knowledge or the “elixir” back to the ordinary world, where they apply it to help all who remain there.
Now you have finished your first journey and you return with the elixir you have acquired on your journey. Here we come to share our stories of our adventures and the progress we have made along the journey. The elixir holds the secrets that we have as heroes and we pass along our stories to reflect out to our future heroes.