Instinctively, when people have wanted to communicate complex ideas in a simple way, encourage others to take action or demonstrate the impact of something on the real world, we have turned to stories to help.
Away from our institutions we’re telling and absorbing stories all the time. But despite this fact it’s not something we do enough of as part of our practice.
Digital storytelling is an idea that has been around for a few years but remains underused in public engagement activities. Unlike full scale video production, digital storytelling refers to a variety of technologies and approaches that allow people without advanced digital media skills to create short pieces of engaging narrative-based video, usually relating a personal experience.
Digital storytelling has applications in many areas including working with community groups, showing evidence of impact and encouraging public engagement with research.
The session aims to inspire you to investigate how you can use this flexible and accessible approach to dramatically enhance how you communicate with diverse external audiences.
We will show some example stories, including one from a practitioner academic who works in the overlapping areas of education, academia and technology. As well as evaluating these stories you will have an opportunity to develop some ideas for how you could use the techniques and find out about some of the important technological aspects of digital storytelling.