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Digital stories can be used to support learning and teaching. A digital story is a particular genre of video with several characteristics:
- Short – usually 2-3 minutes
- Easy to make – using still images plus voice over, rather than video footage
- Visual – based in images, not ‘talking heads’
- Engaging – has a clear narrative structure that is often personal and focused on a single turning point
Having your students create their own digital stories as part of module coursework engages them in active learning and can promote reflective practice. Students can upload their video clips directly into the Aber Media Library (Helix) if staff have provided a Blackboard Assignment with special instructions in their AberLearn Blackboard module.
Some examples of digital stories used in learning, teaching and research can be found here:
- Student-created digital stories from the University of Warwick and
- Reflective stories created by postgraduate students from University of Nottingham , , and
- Nottingham researcher explaining her reasons for studying the arctic
- Breaking Barriers Community Arts project has examples of community-based personal digital stories, with a new story posted each week
Typical tools for creating digital stories include Audacity (for editing sound) and a simple video-editing tool such as WeVideo or Windows Movie Maker for compiling the images and sounds into a short video clip.
The following links were provided by JISC in connection with a digital storytelling sessions that Chris Thomson delivered at Aber:
- Collection of
- Collection of
- Paper by Jerome Bruner,
Further useful information can be found here:
- about using found materials in your videos and other educational resources, available in Welsh and English
- Nexus page on has a good selection of how-to guides