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In the Lab working on our Digital StoriesIn March of 2009 a group of UW-Eau Claire's campus community got together for a three day Digital Storytelling workshop over spring break. This workshop was the product of a Digital Storytelling Workshop that was held in Madison in the fall of 2008, sponsored by a UW-System's Learning Technology Development Council's (LTDC's) Emerging Technology Grant. The purpose of this workshop was to bring the art of Digital Storytelling to UW campuses.

Learning Outcomes for the on-campus workshop: By the end of the workshop, each participant was expected to have:

  • written a personal or professional story (using a Memory Box and Story Circle)
  • recorded a voice narration of the story and supplemented it with background sounds (using Audacity/LAME)
  • enhanced the story by including visual images (Photoshop, PowerPoint, and Windows Movie Maker).

Participants were expected to use the rhetorical and technological skills learned in the workshop to help UW-Eau Claire students develop greater digital literacy.

Digital Storytelling uses written text, voice narration, background sound, and images to create a 2-3 minute narrative, with an emphasis on rhetorical situations such as personal relationships, memorials, accomplishments, and avocation.

The dates of the first UW-Eau Claire Digital Storytelling workshop were as follows:

  1. Initial Meeting: February 27 - 3:00-4:00pm, OL 1142
  2. Monday, March 16 - 9:00am-4:00pm, OL 1142
  3. Wednesday, March 18 - 9:00am-4:00pm, OL 1142
  4. Thursday, March 19 - 9:00am-4:00pm, OL 1142

 

Our Stories

Below are the outcomes of the Digital Storytelling workshop. Select the title to view the story.

 

 

Comments from Participants:

As a teacher of technology and composition, I am deeply interested in narrative storytelling and technological literacy, especially the power of technology to complement narrative storytelling. This workshop helped advance my writing and technology skills, which will transfer to students, faculty, and staff when I assist them with digital media projects in LTS. In addition, I will be able to add digital storytelling into my narrative writing unit when I teach English 110, Freshman Composition. Julia Lehman Caldwell

I look forward to incorporating the skills I learned in the CETL Digital Story Telling [Community of Practice] C.O.P. into my classes. I hope to teach Audacity (the sound recording program) to my creative writing students this summer and require a recorded poetry reading as part of their grades. Having students record their poetry is an excellent way to teach them to think about how poetry sounds and how it should be performed. I would love to have future creative writing students turn their short original scenes into complete videos, as I did during this C.O.P., though I'd like to make another video myself and make sure I'm confident in teaching this. This was a wonderful workshop, and I highly recommend it. Emily Bright Krusack

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.