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Exploring Digital Storytelling: An Overview of the Process

Digital storytelling (DST) uses new digital tools to help ordinary people tell their own `true stories` in a compelling and emotionally engaging form. The availability of affordable digital cameras, smart phones, iPads, low threshold production techniques and Internet delivery make it easier than ever to share experiences, histories and ideas. During this class, we will look as some examples of digital stories, provide an overview of a process for creating your own digital stories and help faculty begin to explore how DST might work in their discipline/content area. This class will discuss sharing stories in a story circle and what it means to transform a story into a digital format for delivery in 3 to 5 minutes. It will also prepare participants to write a draft script of 250 words, collect digital resources and organize them for production and sharing online.


By the end of this session you should be able to:

  • Describe a basic overview of digital storytelling through a sequence of still images used to create a video
  • Explain a story circle and how the experience in can be beneficial in the development of story
  • Discuss the value of deep reflection and personal narrative
  • Explain the value in limiting a script to approximately 250-300 words
  • Describe storyboarding and how it can be used to guide the development and production of a digital story
  • Search for digital resources which are shared under Creative Commons Licensing
  • Discuss the importance of focusing on the development the story over the selection and use of editing/production technologies
  • Provide insight as to how digital stories might be used within various disciplines by both faculty and students

Session Overview


Resources for this session can be found here:

For more information, contact Bud Deihl (804-828-4383 or wdeihl@vcu.edu).


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