Digital Storytelling—the missing key to online faculty development?

Lowenthal, P., Stevens, E., & Dunlap, J. (2005). Digital Storytelling—the missing key to online faculty development? In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2005 (pp. 1187-1190). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.


This discussion will explore digital storytelling as a means to improve online faculty
development. Institutions are beginning to place a greater emphasis on learner outcomes, leading to an interest in teaching quality and faculty development. Online faculty development is just one of many strategies institutions are using to develop faculty. However, online faculty development can isolate and depersonalize the experience. Digital storytelling may be an excellent way of engaging learners. Just as case studies are a successful tool to contextualize and situate learning, digital storytelling might be able to take case studies a step further by personalizing and humanizing both the instructional task and the online environment. This roundtable discussion will investigate these ideas further as well as share experiences using case studies, storytelling, and digital storytelling in online faculty development.

Keywords: Digital Storytelling, Digital Stories, Faculty Development, Professional Development, Teacher Stories, Narrative, Online Learning, Social Presence