Digital Storytelling: Engaging Students Through Multimodal And Interdisciplinary Learning

ID: 53071 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Sangeetha Gopalakrishnan, Wayne State University, United States

Tuesday, June 26 3:50 PM-4:10 PM Location: Oost View on map

Presider: Anne-Marie Armstrong, Freelance Instructional Designer, United States

Abstract: Digital storytelling, the telling of stories via multimedia, is a valuable pedagogical tool as it enables students to engage in interdisciplinary investigation and multimodal learning through experiencing, as well as creating, digital stories. Although digital stories invariably have a strong emotional component, they can be instructional in nature and deployed in the classroom. While they are pedagogically valuable in the Humanities, especially in the study of language and culture, they are used as a teaching technique in many disciplines. Both the act of watching/experiencing and creating digital stories enables students to form deep and emotional connections with the subject matter. Digital storytelling assignments afford opportunities to advance linguistic and cultural awareness, create overlapping, multilayered connections between people, practices and the target culture, and to help connect classroom with the community. Digital storytelling not only helps develop students’ technology and media literacy but also their ability to be critical and discerning about the plethora of online content and resources. It also taps into dominant modes of self-expression and skills of today’s students. Using examples from the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Ethnic Layers of Detroit project, Experiencing Place Through Digital Storytelling, we discuss how digital stories can be used to enhance teaching and the role of digital stories in student engagement.

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