Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling (DST) is a participatory visual method that uses basic ICTs to create compelling narratives based on personal experiences. The digital storytelling process creates spaces for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to share knowledges and perspectives. 

Digital storytelling is workshop-based and involves group discussion, sharing and learning. The method is fluid and impactful in multiple aspects of engaged scholarship - in community development, teaching and learning and engaged research.

  • In community development spaces, DST is used for stimulating community cohesion, often among marginalised or vulnerable communities and as an opportuniy for healing and catharsis as a community and as individuals.
  • In engaged research, DST can be used as a participatory data collection method and for communication of research.
  • In teaching and learning, DST integrates metaliteracies into the education space, contributing to mitigating a digital divide experienced in local communities. It is also a reflective means for learners to interpret learning materials.  
  • In service learning, DST can be used as a method for critical reflection and to document the learning experience.

Practically, creating a digital story involves a process of group story-building, introspection and digital skills development. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences to create a meaningful story using video editing software. Participants give and receive feedback from their group, learn practical media skills, and learn to develop a compelling narrative. 

Using smartphones, cameras and video editing software, participants create stories informed by seemingly 'ordinary' lived experiences. These stories are emotive and subjective and reflect the personal feelings of the storyteller. The digital stories are short, have a small file size and are easy to share on the internet. Digital stories are varying combinations of photos, videos, audio and narration.  

Digital storytelling at RUCE is built on indigenous ways of being and constructing and sharing knowledge. 


View our vibrant archive of authentic storytelling here!


Short Courses

The Social Innovation Hub is available to run digital storytelling courses with your organisation or department. These workshops are run at a negotiable reduced fee for education and non-profit institutions and can be arranged throughout the year. 

If a member of your organisation participates in the training, they can facilitate future workshops on their own. The SI Hub can assist in co-faciliatating or planning the process. 

Courses are offered in the following formats: In-person; Online; Blended


Digital Storytelling for Social Innovation

This workshop frames digital storytelling as a tool to stimulate or support social innovation. Broadly, social innovation entails reflecting upon or challenging conventional social structures with the ultimate hope of replacing them with more effective, sustainable and collaborative solutions. our workshop hopes to encourage you to use digital storytelling as a way of reflecting upon the social systems that impact on your life experiences, your community or your profession or studies. The Digital Storytelling for Social Innovation short course is a community-driven approach to digital storytelling designed to support and encourage social innovation in community development and education. It involves two key processes - firstly, building a story using feedback and reflection in a group setting (story circles) and secondly, learning practical storytelling and media and basic video production skills.  This is a four-day course. 

Aims and objectives:

By the end of this course, you should:

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

On successful engagement with this course, you 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 


Digital Storytelling TRAIN THE TRAINER 

This workshop sets out to train you in digital storytelling. In other words, by engaging critically with this workshop, you will have created a digital story of your own and will be able to train others in similar workshop settings to make their own stories as well. This is a one-month course with one week of daily attendance. 


Digital Storytelling for ENGAGED SCHOLARSHIP

This workshop trains academics to use digital storytelling in teaching and learning, as a data collection method and as a tool for communicating research. This is a one-month course with one week of daily attendance. 


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