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Digital Storytelling Project

Digital storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips, and/or music.

A pioneer in the field of digital storytelling, British photographer, author, and educator Daniel Meadows defined digital stories as "short, personal multimedia tales told from the heart." The beauty of this form of digital expression, he maintained, is that these stories can be created by people everywhere, on any subject, and shared electronically all over the world. Meadows added that digital stories are "multimedia sonnets from the people" in which "the stories told assemble in the ether as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, a gaggle of invisible histories which, when viewed together, tell the bigger story of our time, the story that defines who we are."

Learn more about digital storytelling here.

As a core component of November's International Education Week, the CGC has partnered with students, faculty and staff to share their global experiences through digital storytelling.  Each fall, students work with faculty in the Department of Communication to develop and create their digital stories.  Topics center on study abroad experience, immersion experiences, intercultural exchange, identity and more. These stories are screened and shared during International Education Week celebrations.

If you would like to share your global experiences through SLU's Digital Storytelling Project, contact the CGC Interim Program Director, Bert Barry, Ph.D., at rbarry2@slu.edu.

2015 Digital Storytelling Project

Esther Chinwuko: Coming to America

Nathaniel Ing: My Home Away From Home

Monica Kavanaugh: This Is Public Health (Belize)

Liz Vestal: Learning How to Be a Warrior

2014 Digital Storytelling Project

Rocco Gonzalez: Finding the Way Back Home

Cami Kasmerchak: Monday

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