The project is settling down into a fairly stable methodology, now called Nested Narratives, which is still based on biographical narratives, but is going in a slightly different direction, which integrates research and learning in the same 'artefact' ( a draft paper on the revised methodology is available from roy.williams@port.ac.uk):

1. The basis is Nested Narratives, taken directly from BNIM.
2. The main story and the nested narratives are put into a dynamic gaphic user interface (GUI), which allows a range of people to explore the 'gestalt' of the story as a whole via a set of nodes, each of which links to a transcript, an audio file, and various visualisations and naming options.
3. The result is a multi-media 'artefact' that can be used in a variety of ways within learning, and also in a variety of settings:
3.1 Learning: it can be used as the basis for conversations between learners and peers, tutors, mentors, or just for personal reflection.
3.2 Courses: it can be used (with permission) as exemplars for future students.
3.3 Other Contexts: It can be used outside of 'education' for people who want to make sense of what they are experiencing, and the changes in their lives and identities, and who may want to 'pass on' some of that to other people.
3.4 Research: it can be used for researching student experience, and investigating learning.

Open Stories
One of the emerging properties of Nested Narratives is that it is not about capturing a story, or describing a particular learning event or process, but rather about making sense of learning, identity, experince etc. That means that the 'story' doesnt 'end' - there is no sense in which it finishes. It goes on gathering layers, comments, reflections (not all of which will be captured in the GUI). It continues for as along as it add something to sense-making and identity, after which it probably dissipates for the story teller, although it might continue to mean something to a number of other people, including researchers.