Digital Storytelling | Objective & Deliverables

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Assignment Due Friday 12 November 


  • Actively engage in a digital storytelling workshop;
  • Produce a digital story about yourself learning;
  • Integrate still and/or moving images, dialogue and/or voice over narration, text, music and other sound effects;
  • Demonstrate your understanding of how to integrate digital storytelling into a unit of study.


For our digital storytelling exploration, I invite you to produce a digital story about yourself and how you experience learning. Design and produce a multimodal composition as a first person narrative exploration of how you learn. My intention is twofold: to focus your attention on the pedagogy of digital storytelling and experiences of learning with tools and other people.

In a formal learning environment, such as a school, how do you learn? Whether it’s a lecture, a small group discussion, or a lab, how do you experience events that are designed to advance your learning? How does the physical classroom and the material things in it contribute to the learning environment and to your experiences “during class”? How do you experience learning during class? What are you doing during class when you are learning? What’s it like being part of a small group discussion or a lecture? How do you prepare for class? How do you prepare your study environment for learning? Do you study by yourself and/or in small groups? What is the learning environment like where you study? Is it quiet or noisy, public or private? Do you study in bed, at the library, at a coffee shop? Is it a comfortable environment? Is it an efficient environment? What material things, from digital technologies to pillows, do you surround yourself with to support your learning? How do you use these things? Broadly conceived, these things can be analog or digital and aren’t limited to pencils, markers, books, eBooks, videos, simulations, games, graphics, calculators, word processors, spread sheets, or pillows. How do you learn in this environment? When do you know that you have learned something?

Expectations | For fall 2021, your digital story will be:

  • An autobiographical exploration of learning; a first person multimodal narrative of yourself learning.
  • Between ~3 and ~ 4 minutes. (Shorter videos struggle to make their point and longer videos are beyond the scope of this exploration).
  • Conform, more or less, to the StoryCenter  approach to digital Storytelling
  • An individual project with the support of a small group, your production crew.


  1. BlogPost | Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum
  2. Blog Post | Digital Storytelling Lesson Description
  3. Blog Posts | Digital Storytelling Script & Storyboard
  4. Digital Storytelling Assessment Instrument
  5. Digital Story | Upload your digital story to your JCU or other YouTube channel. From here you can obtain an embed code for your digital story.  Embed your multimodal composition (digital story) to the digital story page of your ED386 ePortfolio
  6. Your Digital Story Assessment | Assess your digital story using the assessment you developed. (To be turned in privately).