Digital Storytelling in Higher Education (2024)

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Digital Storytelling in Higher Education (2024)


What are the 7 elements of digital storytelling? ›

The 7 Elements of Digital Storytelling
  • Point of View. What is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?
  • A Dramatic Question. ...
  • Emotional Content. ...
  • The Gift of Your Voice. ...
  • The Power of the Soundtrack. ...
  • Economy. ...
  • Pacing. ...
  • The Overall Purpose of the Story.

Why is digital storytelling important in education? ›

What are the benefits of digital storytelling in schools? Benefits include creating space for meaningful listening, persuading both the brain and the heart, allowing students to showcase their learning, and developing 21st-century literacy skills such as information, visual, technological, and media literacy.

What are the five steps to digital storytelling? ›

Now, let's dive into the 7 steps to create a great digital story.
  • 1) Start with An Idea. Every story begins with an idea, and digital stories are no exception. ...
  • 2) Research/Explore/Learn. ...
  • 3) Write/Script. ...
  • 4) Storyboard/Plan. ...
  • 5) Gather and Create Images, Audio and Video. ...
  • 6) Put It All Together. ...
  • 7) Share. ...
  • Conclusion.
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What are the potential applications of digital storytelling in education? ›

Teachers indicated that digital storytelling increased and enhanced the use of technology in the classroom, which helped students improve their technical skills and information literacy; digital storytelling can also be applied to subjects such as English and History, and in almost all the sciences including ...

What are the 5 C's of storytelling? ›

It can highlight a call to action- if that's the desired outcome from the story. Without doubt, Closure can build enlistment and commitment, often creating an opportunity where change can take root. To review, the five Cs are: Character, Context, Conflict, Climax and Closure.

What are the 4 C's of storytelling? ›

I used to ask what made a great storytelling photograph. Now I ask a similar question about written stories, and the answer keeps coming back with 4 Cs: Concept, Characters, Conflict and Context.

What are the 3 C's of storytelling? ›

In sum, the three keys for successful storytelling are - the conflict, the characters and the climax. As a student of public speaking, stories have always helped me connect with my audience better and these three keys have been instrumental.

What are the 4 P's of storytelling? ›

Purpose infuses meaning into the story, resonating with the audience on a deeper level. In conclusion, the 4 Ps of storytelling — Plot, People, Pacing and Purpose — form a robust blueprint for crafting captivating narratives.

What are the 5 P's of storytelling? ›

It's the 5Ps: People, Places, Pictures, Platforms, and the Personal. This framework is truly useful in ensuring all the essential elements of good storytelling are on point. Whether you apply it to an entire PR campaign or a single piece, they can help you keep to quality standards.

How could you integrate digital storytelling into your teaching? ›

How to Incorporate Digital Stories in the Classroom
  1. Concept Mapping. In the concept-mapping stage, students decide on what type of story they want to tell. ...
  2. Pre-writing and Writing. ...
  3. Creating Slideshows or Video. ...
  4. Recording the Story. ...
  5. Adding Music and Effects. ...
  6. Putting it Together.

Why is digital storytelling becoming so popular? ›

In an increasingly competitive content landscape, digital storytelling allows content teams to produce content that is more visually compelling, more immersive, and better able to sustain the attention of the reader.

What are the 7 main story elements explain them briefly? ›

It may seem like your favorite story comes together with magic, but there are seven key elements of a story that you'll find in any great one: plot, character, setting, conflict, theme, point of view, and tone.

What are the 5 pillars of storytelling? ›

The Five Commandments of Storytelling are:
  • Inciting Incident. The inciting incident destabilizes the protagonist by upsetting the balance of their life for good or for ill. ...
  • Turning Point Progressive Complication. ...
  • Crisis. ...
  • Climax. ...
  • Resolution.

What are the seven golden rules of successful storytelling? ›

Aristotle's Seven Golden Rules of Storytelling are: plot, character, theme, speech (or dialog), chorus (or music), decor and spectacle.

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