What is Digital Storytelling?

Wheaton faculty have found that their students have many stories to tell. As they travel overseas, work in their community, react to a class reading or discover a passion, the simple communicative power of telling a story can be a powerful way to make sense of a transformational experience.

Our faculty have been creating classroom assignments that couple the power of storytelling with new digital media to produce short “digital stories.” There aren’t any hard rules around what constitutes a digital story; they tend to be between 3–5 minutes in length, and use either images or sound or—most commonly—both. And, perhaps most importantly, they should be narrative in structure and engaging to a broad audience.

Why Digital Storytelling?

The reasons for doing so vary with each course: sometimes it’s to focus a student’s research interest. Other times it’s to develop communication skills in visual or audio media. In another class, it may be to relate an experience that is more personal in nature—too personal for a more formal academic paper format.

Image: Raleigh and the laptop

How is Digital Storytelling used at Wheaton?

As the curricular potential of Digital Storytelling has been recognized at Wheaton, increasing numbers of courses have incorporated a Digital Storytelling component.

Digital Storytelling has been used in the classroom to:

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