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Digital Storytelling: Creating Engaging Educational Videos


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Full course description




2 hours






What you'll learn:

  • How to create Digital Stories through simple technology tools you already own.
  • Build a story through a rich understanding of script flow and sequence.
  • Expand and adapt existing Digital Storytelling assets.
  • Identify purposeful media and unpack representation in video format.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain technical and practical resources for actually putting a Digital Story together.
  • How to select and organize multimedia assets from pictures to video clips.
  • Strategies for communicating a narrative effectively through video.
  • How to create closed captioning and transcripts for videos.

What you'll do:

  • Watch 25 minutes of videos created for the course.
  • Explore curated resources on Digital Storytelling.
  • Discuss through short discussion format image selection media and Representation in Digital Storytelling
  • Offer feedback on a colleague's project or concept.
  • Complete the Final Assignment submission.
  • Read and explore several curated resources.

Who this course is designed for:

All educators - administrators, educational developers, early education through high school classroom teachers, informal educators, and education job seekers or career changers toward the field of education.

What you'll receive:

Upon fulfilling course requirements, participants will receive a certificate indicating 5 recertification hours from Arizona State University.


Meet the Instructors

Dr. Annie Hale - Director, Research and Development Pathfinder Center, Biodesign Institute. Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation. Faculty Associate, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures

Dr. Hale's work combines the fields of science and technology studies, sustainability, and design from a human-centered approach. Her research interests focus on the question: How do people construct and understand the world around them, and, in turn, how do those constructs change the way people engage with their world? She directs a variety of educational programs that target sustainability and 21st-century learning that aim to inspire, engage, and empower a variety of publics, from educators to community leaders, through elegantly-designed experiences. Dr. Hale is a learning design expert weaving in best pedological practices for online, hybrid, flipped, and face-to-face learning experiences. With a background in design. Dr. Hale creates experiences that are simple, smart, and well-conceived.

Dr. Leanna Archambault - Associate Professor, Learning Design and Technology, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Program Coordinator, Learning Design and Technology M.Ed.

Dr. Leanna Archambault is an Associate Professor of Learning Design and Technology within the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Her research areas include teacher preparation for K-12 online and blended classrooms, the use of innovative technologies to improve learning outcomes, and sustainability literacy for preservice and inservice teachers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Digital Storytelling?

Simply put, it is a concise, well-thought-out video created or edited by you or your students. The video aims to tell a visually impactful narrative along with factual and accurate information to enhance a student's learning experience. It can supplement or augment other types of learning materials. Digital stories lay the foundation for a rich learning experience through narrative, images, audio, music, and text.


Is this an introductory class?

Yes, in this course, we cover the basics and “how-tos” to create, design, and script a thought-provoking digital story for all types of learners. We cover the tools, and basic technology (phone or computer) needed to make a simple and great video. We show you how to write a script, select images, and create an overarching story that can be easily shared. From free stock footage sites to music, we show you everything you need, including how to generate transcripts and closed captioning.


Will you provide detailed resources for continued exploration and examples?

Yes. We include access to more than 100 high-quality, freely available curated resources by our team of experts to explore, refine, and think through how to develop or update your digital storytelling efforts. These resources explore the use of technology, best practices for project ideation, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion practices. Everything needed for a comprehensive understanding of digital storytelling efforts is shared in this course.