Digital Storytelling Resources

Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS)
“The Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) is an international non-profit training, project development, and research organization dedicated to assisting people in using digital media to tell meaningful stories from their lives. Our focus is on building partnerships with community, educational, and business institutions to develop large-scale initiatives in health, social services, education, historic and cultural preservation, community development, human rights, and environmental justice arenas, using methods and principles adapted from our original Digital Storytelling Workshop.” [Quoted from the CDS Web site]

Story Circles
A Web site where people can upload and share their digital stories.

Examples of Digital Stories in the CDS Tradition

“Samsara” by Patrick Lowenthal

“Grand Canyon” by daniel weinshenker

Articles on Digital Storytelling and Education
Lowenthal, P. R. (2009). Digital storytelling—An emerging institutional technology? In J. Hartley & K. McWilliam (Eds.), Story circle: Digital storytelling around the world (pp. 252-259). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Storytelling, a timeless instructional strategy, is taking on a new life in the form of digital storytelling. During the past 12 years, Digital Storytelling, pioneered by the Center for the Digital Storytelling, has grown from an idea to a movement. The Digital Storytelling Festival has been growing in popularity since 1995 and there is now even a formal Digital Storytelling Association. However, despite the popularity of digital storytelling as a tool for expression, only recently have educators begun experimenting with this emerging instructional technology. This paper investigates trends, issues, and opportunities of using digital storytelling to improve teaching and learning.

Lowenthal, P. R., & Dunlap, J. (2010). From pixel on a screen to real person in your students’ lives: Establishing social presence using digital storytelling. The Internet and Higher Education. doi:10.1016/j.iheduc.2009.10.004

The Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework is a comprehensive guide to the research and practice of online learning. One of the most challenging aspects of establishing a CoI in online courses is finding the best way to attend to each element of the CoI framework in a primarily text-based environment. In our online courses, we have examined the use of digital storytelling as a way to break down the barriers that can get in the way of achieving a healthy and productive CoI. In this paper, we describe how we use digital storytelling to establish our social presence as instructors.

Center for Digital Storytelling  Cookbook
The Cookbook is a “How to” manual on how to create a digital story

Job Aids on How to create a digital story


Podcast on Digital Storytelling

Yuhnke, B., Thai, A., & Lowenthal, P. R. (2008). TechHEds Podcast on Digital Storytelling.

References About Digital Storytelling

The Center for Digital Storytelling holds workshops on digital storytelling throughout the year.

Academic Certificate
The Center for Digital Storytelling in partnership with the University of Colorado Denver offer an Academic Certificate in Digital Storytelling.

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