Elspeth McLean: Shifting the Balance of Power: e-learning and digital storytelling. Slides from the University of Liverpool Learning and Teaching Conference 2009.
As it gets easier to make and share video and audio clips, more and more of us are doing it. Video clips and recordings of interviews are a good way for students to learn more about people’s lives and experiences. But who decides what gets left in the final version – and what ends up on the cutting room floor? The editing process usually puts the power firmly at the fingertips of the editor. Maybe this sometimes erodes the truth of the movie – and maybe its not that empowering for the person it’s about?
Digital storytelling shifts the balance of power by working with people to tell their own story – and to make it themselves into their own short movie. With the help of the Patient Voices team www.patientvoices.co.uk, the Get Involved 4 the Future project is working with local people with experience of using health and social services. They are making their own movies which will be used in a variety of ways to enhance student learning in the School of Health Sciences (and beyond) about being a professional. The digital stories themselves are still be ‘work in progress’ but the presentation will offer an insight into the process, the stories, and how it has been for storyteller and academic.