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This blog is a course blog for AFRO/GWSS Digital Storytelling at the University of Minnesota, Spring 2011.


Please feel free to browse the site, and remember blogs happen in reverse chronology, so if you want to start at the beginning, click HERE, or browse the links on the right-hand sidebar.


Course summary:


Storytelling is a tool for preserving memory, writing history, learning, entertaining, organizing, and healing. Digital stories are short, first person video-narratives created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. Digital storytellers are those who have a desire to document life experience, ideas, or feelings through the use of story and digital media. In this course students learned how to make digital stories and become digital storytellers. Our specific focus was to construct stories about "sociological ghosts," the strong but usually invisible and unexamined forces in our lives that limit our thoughts and actions; students engaged their sociological ghosts in order to remix identities, construct new meanings, and expand connections with others and the world. Students also produced a digital story on "My Place at the University of Minnesota," and a third project was either another digital story or a group mini-documentary.

voiceover writing

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We have developed a voiceover writing guide that contains three methods for generating the text of a voiceover narration. Use this to create the first draft of your voiceover narration for your second digital story about a sociological ghost.

Uploading digital stories to the blog

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Syressa posted a Word document to the blog with the final procedures for uploading your digital stories to the blog. Here is a pdf version of that file.

Those Finishing Touches...

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Hey Digital Storytelling Students!!

Once you're finished, use these final steps to upload your Digital Stories to the blog!!


finalsteps_DIGITALSTORY.doc

Camera Reserve

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Hello Digital Storytelling students!!

As promised, here is the link to the camera reserve at Walter library. There are also cameras at Wilson, but Walter usually has a full supply.

Also, the Minnesota Historical Society has another archive of photos of the University.

-Syressa

U of M photo library

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As discussed in class on January 28, the U maintains a photo library that contains pictures from around Twin Cities campuses. The "Buildings," "Campus Details," "Campus Scenes," and "Campus Symbols" categories may be useful for images to include in the first digital story, "My Place at the U." If you are logged in (with your X.500 password) it appears that you can download images.

course syllabus

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Here is a copy of the course syllabus.

new spring 2011 class: digital storytelling

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Digital Storytelling
AFRO 3910 Topics in the African Diaspora (Section 1)/GWSS 3390 Topics: Visual, Cultural, and Literary Studies (section 2), taught by Walt Jacobs.


Course Description:
Storytelling is a tool for preserving memory, writing history, learning, entertaining, organizing, and healing. Digital stories are short, first person video-narratives created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. Digital storytellers are those who have a desire to document life experience, ideas, or feelings through the use of story and digital media. In this course we will learn how to make digital stories and become digital storytellers. Our specific focus will be to construct stories about "sociological ghosts," the strong but usually invisible and unexamined forces in our lives that limit our thoughts and actions. We will create projects to engage our sociological ghosts in order to remix identities, construct new meanings, and expand connections with others and the world. Students will learn to produce creative work and gain technical proficiency in Mac-based editing. Students will produce digital stories that will be shared on the course blog. No technical expertise is necessary!


In this course, students will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical and practical issues of digital storytelling
  • Analyze the ethical and moral dimensions inherent in representing human lives
  • Consider the impact of digital tools, methodology, and content of digital stories on individuals, community, and social justice movements
  • Gain a firm grounding in basic digital media production tools, and develop skills with tools of technology (hardware and software)
  • Understand the concepts and methodologies of media making, visual literacy, photographic composition, and principles of video editing
  • Demonstrate creativity, analytical thinking, and technical skill in digital storytelling


Main learning activities:

  • In class screenings, hands-on lab workshops, and discussions
  • Short response posts on course blog
  • Creation of two digital stories (introductory standardized "My Place at the U of M" story, and a more open-ended sociological ghost story)
  • Short analytical process papers about the digital stories
  • Final group creative project; specifics to be determined based on our class experiences and interests


Examples of the types of digital stories we will make:


Course Texts:
Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Communities
Ghostbox: A Memoir
The Language of Blood

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