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Digital Storytelling Academy

The Digital Storytelling Academy is an intensive development opportunity featuring hands-on practice and exploration of digital media tools for storytelling & consideration of possible instructional/pedagogical applications. Participants will learn tools and techniques of digital storytelling by creating their own digital story. In addition, participants will reflect upon, develop intentions for and share how they might be able to apply or use digital storytelling in teaching or other endeavor.

Overall Goals

  • Demonstrate the power and potential of digital storytelling as a pedagogical tool
  • Provide hand’s on experience with creating a digital story start to finish including selection of images, media, and narrative.
  • Encourage reflection through storytelling

Participant Objectives
Upon completion of the workshop series, participant learners in the Digital Storytelling Academy will:

  • Create a personal digital story
  • Share that story with fellow academy participants
  • Develop & share plans for future uses of digital storytelling in future teaching

What is Digital Storytelling?
"Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. The topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one’s own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between."         - Robin, B. (2010) The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling Website   


Session 1 -  Introduction to the Digital Storytelling Academy
Session 2 - Planning Your Story
Session 3 - Technology for Story Building
Session 4 - Story Building and Editing 



Academy Faculty 

Jill Adams
Adjunct Instructor, LLC

Lori Tanner
Assistant Professor, SOE

Susannah Waldrop
Director, Academic Support Center

Cindy Jennings
Director of Learning Technologies

Tasha Thomas
Instructor, LLC & Director of Spartanburg Writing Project 

Participating Departments

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Languages Literature & Composition
School of Education
Academic Support Center
Department of Learning Technologies