Undergraduate ARTS course (advanced level, liberal).
Digital Storytelling combines storytelling arts with social, mobile, and digital media technologies. In this course, students apply digital storytelling theory and techniques to write, produce, and publish digital stories, including autobiographical narratives, mobile stories, and a collaborative digital story in support of a cause. They generate story ideas, develop narrative structures for digital stories in the genres of their choice, and provide scripts and scene descriptions. They integrate images, text, video, and audio to create digital stories, and acquire competency in the use of digital media applications. They post their stories to a story blog, in which they discuss digital storytelling strategies, tools, and techniques. They also engage in academic dialogue through the use of story blogs, discussion forums, and formal peer review using an evaluation rubric. The reflective component of the course includes a consideration of ethical issues such as intellectual property and privacy protection, and a self-assessment of learning progress.
Credits: 4 Level: Advanced
This course meets the following college level learning goals:
Active Learning: Assess and build upon previous learning and experiences to pursue new learning, independently and in collaboration with others.
Social Responsibility: Engage in ethical reasoning, and reflect on issues such as democratic citizenship, diversity, social justice and environmental sustainability, both locally and globally.
Communication: Express and receive ideas effectively, in multiple contexts and through multiple strategies.
Information and Digital Media Literacy: Critically access, evaluate, understand, create and share information using a range of collaborative technologies to advance learning, as well as personal and professional development.
Basic Computer Skills
You will need some basic computer skills to be successful in your online course. You can visit the Essential Computer Skills Tutorial to assess your knowledge of basic computer use and skills. If, after viewing the computer skill tutorial you feel like you need assistance with your computer skills you can visit the Computer Basics and How-to’s page for more assistance. You must also have access to digital devices (such as a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, headset or USB microphone) in order to take photographs, record audio and video, edit digital assets within the applications of your choice, and upload these to your story blog or the course. You will be expected to research and select digital applications, create accounts to access free or low cost tools, and use tutorials and other digital resources to learn them.
This course partially meets the General Education requirement in The Arts.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
- Apply digital storytelling theory and techniques to write, produce, and publish digital stories, including autobiographical narratives, mobile stories, and a collaborative digital story in support of a cause.
- Generate story ideas and create narrative structures for digital stories in selected genres, and provide scripts and scene descriptions.
- Integrate images, text, video, and audio to create digital stories, and acquire competency in the use of digital media applications.
- Curate a digital storytelling blog to post stories and discuss digital storytelling strategies, tools, and techniques.
- Synthesize the readings, course materials, digital stories, and peer contributions by engaging in academic dialogue through the use of blogs, discussion forums, and peer review using an evaluation rubric.
- Formulate reflections on ethical issues such as intellectual property and privacy protection, along with self-assessment of learning progress.