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Digital Storytelling at ACU

In 2011 the Learning Studio welcomed the Center for Digital Storytelling to host our first faculty workshop and since then we’ve had 42 participants and led a 6-class pilot with over a hundred students in classes across campus. The following page offers some quick-start resources as well as recent posts on digital storytelling in the Learning Studio.

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Digital Storytelling ARCHIVE

Introducing Digital Storytelling
Introducing Scholarly Storytelling

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Digital Storytelling on the iPad
Digital Storytelling with Camtasia
Digital Storytelling with iMovie

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Storytelling with Study Abroad

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Storytelling, Workshops | 0 comments

Again this spring we worked with students at ACU’s campus in Leipzig, Germany, as well as with on-site faculty Derek and Rachel Brown to take digital storytelling overseas. Students spent two days in workshops developing scripts, recording audio, and editing stories on iPads or laptops. This group of students as well as the Oxford group were also incredibly generous in showing us around their host cities as we collected footage for a Study Abroad film we’ll release this summer. Here are just a couple of their...

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Storytelling in Leipzig

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Storytelling, Students | 0 comments

This spring the Learning Studio worked with Dr. Houston Heflin as part of our first digital storytelling project overseas. We worked with Houston and his students before they left the States to begin thinking about media projects they would complete mid-way through the semester and then at the end, reflecting on their own experiences in East Germany. It was also our first storytelling workshop entirely on the iPad. Students had access to a couple Blue Snowball USB microphones (that perplexed TSA officials going and coming) and all the photos...

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Storytelling in Creative Writing program

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Projects, Storytelling, Students | 0 comments

Storytelling in Creative Writing program

Al Haley, writer-in-residence and professor of English, was an alum of our very first digital storytelling workshop in 2011 and has been helping us lead faculty workshops on campus for the last year. His work with the scholarly storytelling group last December helped many of the participants see the potential of mixed media writing and storytelling in their teaching and research. Here are a couple of Al’s past stories. Copier A Bed in San Francisco Down on the Farm . This semester Al asked students in his Creative Nonfiction Workshop...

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Literacy video projects from Advanced Comp

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Projects, Storytelling, Students | 0 comments

Thanks to Dr. Cole Bennett and his ENGL 325: Advanced Comp class for sharing their Literacies projects again this year. . The course introduces students to “theories of literacy from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, paying particular attention to readings that emphasize social and political issues related to reading and writing.” then concluded with student-produced videos introducing a cultural literacy of their own: “Rhetorically, this video should attempt to convince the viewer that 1) the activity under...

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Scholarly Storytelling workshop

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Faculty, Projects, Storytelling | 0 comments

Scholarly Storytelling workshop

This last month we welcomed a remarkable group of faculty to join us for our first Scholarly Storytelling workshop in the Learning Studio. We wanted to explore the potential of mixed-media storytelling to communicate messages drawn from research and professional writing with a wider audience. Al Haley and Kyle Dickson led the workshop which paralleled the basic structure of a three-day storytelling workshop with the exception that the final products didn’t follow any one basic format. Presentations included expanded training in the...

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Art History media projects

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Projects, Storytelling, Students | 0 comments

Art History media projects

Thanks to Kenny Jones for sending along sample projects from ART 221, General Survey 1. Students worked in teams to produce an 8-10 minute comparison of three artifacts, two from their survey of art history and one more contemporary example. Here are a few of their projects with a summary of the assignment.   Student Examples Warka Vase and Linear Storytelling Akhenaten and Portraying Leadership Venus of Willendorf and Ideal Beauty Khafre Enthroned . Project Assignment I. Choosing a Topic for the Podcast: Our goal is the analysis of the...

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Nutrition Controversy podcasts

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Projects, Storytelling, Students | 0 comments

This fall Dr. Martha Smallwood asked students in NUTR 221: Introductory Nutrition to team up to produce media projects on controversies in the field. Working with a partner, they were supposed to find sources from scientific journals as well as popular magazines and websites that presented both sides in the controversy and evaluate the strength of sources on both sides. Thanks to Dr. Smallwood and her students for sharing a few examples of their work. . Student Examples      ...

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Consumer Chemistry infomercials

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Projects, Storytelling, Students | 0 comments

This fall students from Dr. Autumn Sutherlin’s CHEM 101: Consumer Chemistry class produced short infomercials introducing their subjects to a general audience. You and your partners will create a 5-8 minute video infomercial about a Green Product. A green product is a product that claims to have little or no impact on the environment. Your final infomercial will explain the advantages and disadvantages of this product over the “non-Green” product it is replacing. You will need to consider things such as environmental impact and the cost...

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Psychology Seminar digital stories

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Projects, Storytelling, Students | 0 comments

This is the second year Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker has introduced digital storytelling into her PSYC 401: Psychology Seminar class. Students were asked to reflect on the skills and attributes that first led them to psychology through short media narratives. As you work through the semester thinking about the career that will be the best fit for you, you will construct a digital story reflecting on Max Lucado’s book Cure for the Common Life. The Lucado readings will focus thinking about your work as a way to live within your God-given...

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Digital Storytelling on the iPad

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in News & Events, Storytelling | Comments Off

This semester the Learning Studio will be adding support for media production on the iPad. Several classes with iPad access will be looking for ways to produce upcoming digital storytelling projects, so the following resources introduce some of the tools you may use.   Though there are a number of strong video-editing apps for iOS the easiest to pick up and use is iMovie for iPhone 4+, iPod 4+, and iPad 2+. The app runs $4.99 in the App Store or can be purchased at a discount for an entire class. iMovie for iOS The iMovie for iOS app allows...

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