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Digital Storytelling

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Digital Storytelling



Digital storytelling, a blend of video, audio, images and text to convey stories, information and ideas, allows students to write in a more compelling and interactive format. Digital storytelling goes beyond the traditional approach to the written word on paper, and integrates digital resources to allow students to be more creative and expressive in their writing. Digital storytelling is also a collaborative and reflective learning tool as students share their experiences individually and with a group. Digital Storytelling takes the most common topics of storytelling: personal narratives (most popular), stories that inform or instruct and the examination of historical events, and blends them with digital media project elements such as: point of view, dramatic question, emotional content, voice, sound, a balance between audio and visual, and smooth pace and rhythm of the story. 

Instructional Uses:

  • Final report 
  • Reflection 
  • Collaborative projects

WCU Supported Tools:

Additional Tools:

Tips for using Digital Storytelling:

  • Select the best form of storytelling (spontaneous or predetermined) that best suits the needs of your students. 
  • Match the technology tool to the learning outcomes to be met through storytelling. 
  • Determine how to accommodate for confidentiality and anonymity issues before they arise. 


lterio, Maxine. “Using Storytelling to Enhance Student Learning.” The Higher Education Academy. _storytelling_to_enhance_student_learning. 

Buffo, Sal S. “The Power of Storytelling in the College Classroom.” Faculty Focus. Last modified on January 9, 2015. 

Robin, Bernard, R. “Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling.” University of Houston. 

Ohler, Jason. “Digital and Traditional Storytelling, Part IV – Assessing Digital Stories, New Media Narrative.”

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