Digital Storytelling

The project continues to proceed apaceĀ – I can’t believe it’s the end of March already! It’sĀ getting quite exciting as new people see the potential of social media and start to actually use it which means I’m feeling reassured that the project will have had some impact. As the project is due to end in July I’m also increasingly thinking about outputs, particularly the video/audio case study and to that end I attended a course run by Jisc Netskills on Digital Storytelling in London last month.

Apart from starting off the day by getting lost in Brettenham House and nearly missing the start of the training session it was a really good course and very useful. I’ve not really done any digital storytelling before, my main form of communication is written and my use of YouTube is primarily limited to watching funny cat videos so the concept was all new to me. Having said that any form of communication requires storytelling techniques but it was good to have the time and space to focus in on the key narratives of my project and to think about how I might share these in a digital medium, particularly given the focus of my project!

One of the most interesting parts of the day was mapping out an “emotional timeline” of the project – so looking at turning points, highs and lows. This was slightly hampered by the fact that the project is still running so there’s more still to come but the timeline exercise plus discussions with fellow delegates did help me to identify a potential narrative for my video case study. I don’t want to spoil the surprise too much (!) but it focuses on the focus group session we held in December 2012 and how that not only validated a lot of the assumptions we’d made up until that point but provided a real catalyst for action.

The really reassuring thing about the course is that it was evident we weren’t expected to do a professional standard film about the project! The suggested route was an audio description overlaid by relevant images and the examples shown were really effective and inspirational. I’m feeling a lot more confident about this whole aspect of the project now and even have my video case study tentatively mapped out!


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