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Digital Storytelling

What is Digital Storytelling?

DST is a form of storytelling that uses low technologies (smartphones, cameras, video editing software) to create stories about the lived experience of seemingly 'ordinary' citizens. These stories are short, emotive, have a small file size and are easy to share on the internet. There are many reasons to make digital stories including to broaden the scope of what is formally considered knowledge, to heal through the storytelling process and to share your story with an audience.

Practically, digital stories are the combination of photos, videos, audio and narration. 

Digital Storytelling for Community Engagement course

Our DST workshop takes a community-driven approach to digital storytelling that is designed to support and encourage social innovation in community development and education. It involves two key process - firstly, building a story using feedback and reflection in a group setting (story circles) and secondly, learning practical storytelling and basic video production skills. 

Digital storytelling is a malleable and interpretive process that aims to stimulate critical reflection and empathy. Practically, creating a digital story involves a process of group story-building, introspection and digital skills development. In this workshop, participants are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences to create a meaningful story using video editing software. In this workshop, you will give/receive feedback from a workshop group, learn practical photo/video/audio recording skills, learn video editing skills, develop storytelling skills. 


Aims, objectives and outcomes

  • be able to adapt the method to my own discipline
  • have created a digital story
  • engaged with my story circle
  • be able to produce my own digital story


On successful engagement with this course, students should be able to:

  1. identify and solve problems
  2. work in a team
  3. collect, analyse and evaluate information
  4. communicate effectively
  5. be culturally and aesthetically sensitive


Course format

The Social Innovation Hub offers the digital storytelling workshop in three formats - in-person workshops, a blend of contact sessions and an online activities and an entirely online course. In person workshops are usually three-days long and online workshops vary but are typically a week long. 

The courses require a decent capacity to use basic computer technologies (internet and Windows). Blended and online courses require you to have a decent computer (that will handle processing media) as well as a good internet connection. Our Digital Resource Center offers participants access to the required devices.

The workshop is accredited at NQF-5 level. There is also an accredited train the trainer course. 

Our workshops are open to anyone – residents, educators, practitioners, students, etc. and are not limited to the Rhodes University or Makana citizens at no cost. We can also set up workshops with divisions and external organisations at a small, negotiable cost.



Contact Thandiwe Matyobeni (t.matyobeni@ru.ac.za) for more information and to find out about upcoming workshops.


Last Modified: Fri, 12 Aug 2022 11:18:08 SAST