A presentation for the Social Impact Working Group at DePaul University.
Way, way back in 2006, I presented on my dissertation research at the Inaugural Gathering of Digital Storytellers at MIT. Fast-forward to late September 2015, nearly ten years later, and I found myself at the grown-up version of that early gathering, with many of the same attendees: the 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, jointly hosted by Smith College and UMass Amherst.
For the first time, I’m teaching digital storytelling on DePaul’s accelerated summer schedule. The class meets twice a week for five weeks, which means there won’t be time to partner with community organizations and to train their staff to make digital stories, as in past iterations of the course.
This is a presentation made on March 12, 2015, to students in DMA 527: Digital Media Arts Survey, a foundation course for students in DePaul’s MA in Digital Communication and Media Arts, a program that has some similarities to my department’s MA in New Media Studies. In this talk, I’ve been asked to: 1) provide an insider’s view into my work with digital storytelling (careers, professional experiences, insights), and 2) promote classes that students can take, should they want to pursue this line of study further.
For almost ten years, I’ve been teaching novices to make digital stories—short, personal videos that combine a recorded voiceover with digitized photos and music. The question of what software to use for this work is an open one: every choice seems to have its shortcomings. Continue reading