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Learn Digital Storytelling: New Pedagogy, New Media

Learn Digital Storytelling: New Pedagogy, New Media



Kenneth Warren, Technology Liaison to the Humanities, University of Richmond...

Kenneth Warren, Technology Liaison to the Humanities, University of Richmond
Permalink for this paragraph0 Digital storytelling (DST) is an innovative, project-based pedagogy that faculty can use as a way to engage students with course content. Resulting as captivating narrative presentations, digital stories involve a variety of activities that include research, reflective/expository writing, and learning skills in technology and oral communication. This presentation will highlight the University of Richmond’s DST program that has impacted dozens of faculty and over 1000 students since 2007. Issues related to faculty buy-in, student training, technology support and digital story curation will also be addressed.



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  • Demographics, liberal arts, the richmond experience – influence of technology: with and about
  • Highlight relevant resources (multimedia computer lab staffed with trained student assistants)
  • Require faculty to complete a DST inventory, connecting the project to course objectives – google form
  • including English, History, Psychology, Biology, Education, Spanish and first-year seminars.Ability to provide multimodal and technology learning experiences that address communication and information literacy objectives
  • Prefer to learn technology skills through chunked, self-paced screencasts - produced for students by students.
  • Helps to promote Google Apps on campus
  • Compfight.com – layer on top of Flickr
  • Producers, not consumers
  • Currently not integrated w/ Gapps, issues of copyright, extended use beyond classroom
  • Encouraging faculty to engage in SoTL reflecting on DST

Learn Digital Storytelling: New Pedagogy, New Media Learn Digital Storytelling: New Pedagogy, New Media Presentation Transcript

  • Learn Digital Storytelling:New Pedagogy, New Media Kenneth Warren Technology Liaison to the Humanities University of Richmond April 17, 2012
  • SummaryDigital Storytelling at RichmondWhy it was planted.How it grew.Who nurtures its growth.What is the process.What are the next steps.
  • Digital (Story) telling
  • University of Richmond
  • Why it was planted. • CTLT leadership identified a need to provide more technology learning experiences for Richmond’s liberal arts students. • Faculty were encouraged to integrate project-based learning activities that promoted IT fluency and media literacy across the curricula.
  • How it grew.• Offered digital storytelling workshops for faculty based on Joe Lambert’s approach and framework (Creating and producing meaningful, personally relevant stories guided by the 7 Elements of DST).• Leveraged the University’s Technology Learning Center to provide support.• Emphasized free, easy, and common tools.
  • Who nurtures its growth. Liaisons (Instructional Technologists/Designers) Outreach and communication: • Provide DST pedagogy workshops. • Hold office hours in department lounges. • Host faculty brown bag lunches and events. • Attend departmental meetings.
  • Who nurtures its growth. Faculty 10+ per semester from a variety of disciplines • Work with liaisons to review course objectives and identify where a digital story project might supplement, or catalyze from, a written paper or offer an alternative to a PowerPoint or oral presentation. • Have archives of digital stories that can be used as exemplars for subsequent courses.
  • Who nurtures its growth. Students ~200 per semester • Attend a 90-min workshop that connect the 7 elements of DST to their course project and reviews technology tools. • Invest 10-20 hrs (4-6 wks) to produce a compelling digital stories. • Claim that the DST helps them learn more about the course’s content objectives and introduces them to the Creative Commons, attribution and copyright.
  • What is the process. • Writing the Script • Recording Your Voice • Search for (or Capture) Images • Produce the Story • Publish the Story
  • Writing the ScriptProductivity and collaboration "in the cloud"Previous Experience Y N
  • Recording Your VoicePerforming the narrative and practicing speech communication Previous Experience Y N
  • Search for (or Capture) ImagesIdentifying and repurposing visuals that enhance the narrative Previous Experience Y N
  • Produce the StorySequencing the images and tweaking the audio Previous Experience Y N
  • Publish the StorySharing to the web and building community
  • What are the next steps. • Triangulate deeper support between Speech Center, Writing Center and Library • Explore DST assessment further • Demystify copyright issues • Empower faculty and set them free • Curate digital stories on LearnDST.richmond.edu