What is Digital Storytelling?
Digital storytelling is a methodology that combines narrative writing, audio recording, still images, video, music, and sound in the production of a short film. Digital story workshops support participants in learning how to use textual, visual, and aural modes of communication to create engaging, informative final products. More importantly, the digital storytelling process itself invites workshop participants to practice reflective writing techniques that result in dynamic narratives around a variety of potential topics both on campus and in the community.
The OU Writing Center has sponsored digital storytelling workshops in the community of Moore, OK, that provide the opportunity for survivors, caregivers, and first responders of the spring 2013 tornadoes to create narratives about recovery. On-campus workshops include supporting classroom and service-learning workshops with the Chickasaw Nation Learning Community through the University College and hosting workshops in partnership with the College of International Studies for Global Engagement Fellows and returning OU Study Abroad students.
OU Writing Center staff, trained through the Center for Digital Storytelling (Berkeley, CA), use the CDS workshop model. CDS has developed this model over twenty years of widely recognized international digital storytelling work. This model includes the “Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling” created by CDS-Founder Joe Lambert, facilitated peer review of story manuscripts, video-editing software training, and production time. Each workshop ends with a digital story premiere during which participants share their stories with each other and celebrate their work.
These stories were created by OU Writing Center Consultants.
For more information, please contact:
Rachel C. Jackson
Community Project Developer
OU Writing Center
Dr. Michele Eodice
Director, OU Writing Center
Associate Provost of Academic Engagement
Or call the OU Writing Center, (405) 325-2936