Digital Storytelling: Hearing the Student Voice

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Holding on to students during their transition from secondary to tertiary education can be a challenge for any HE institution and we have the ‘What works’ project findings and report (Thomas 2017) to help us with an institutional approach. Often, we are focused on the metrics of students who have left our institutions, trying to work out what went wrong and learn from what didn’t work, which is an invaluable exercise. However, we have an extensive number of success stories, students who had difficulties and doubts, but through resilience and hard work have overcome their barriers to succeed. These stories would be an invaluable resource to share with our new students, so that they know that they are not alone, others had similar struggles and overcame these to progress, but how can we capture this student voice? Digital stories (Thomson 2014) are an authentic and accessible way to capture stories, but they take time and effort to produce. At Ulster University we invest time and resource in inducting new staff. As part of the induction plan for our two placement students within the Centre for Higher Education, Research and Practice (CHERP) we organised to have two block days for a Digital Storytelling workshop in their first week in September 2018 where they had to tell a 2-minute story on their transition to HE. Another two students were starting their industrial placement year in a different department, Access, Digital and Distributed Learning within Ulster University on the same day, so the workshop was opened up for them to attend, as well as some past students and Ulster staff and guests. This session will outline the reflective process involved in the digital storytelling workshop, the transferable skills they acquired, and the students will share their digital stories with attendees.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - May 2019
EventStaff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference: Collaboration to support the student experience and progression - Clayton Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Duration: 9 May 201910 May 2019


ConferenceStaff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference
Country/TerritoryNorthern Ireland
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  • Digital, Storytelling, Student, Voice, Video, Technology, Enhancement


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