Digital Storytelling: What is it?


Digital storytelling is a short story told through the use of digital technology. Rossiter and Garcia (2010) define digital storytelling as “short vignettes that combine the art of telling stories with multimedia objects including images, audio and video” (p. 37).

Digital stories are used in education to enhance learning outcomes through a narrative. This relatively new approach in higher education is a method faculty use to engage students living in a digital world.

Dana Atchely coined the term digital storytelling in the 1980s.  He developed a system to tell his stories through film, video, music and photography.  In the next decade, Atchely and other media artists teamed together to explore digital stories and the emerging digital tools that resulted.  As a result, the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, California was created and is now an international leader in the promotion of digital storytelling through workshops and consultations. 


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