Collaborative Project with CPGC on Digital Storytelling

The Instructional Technology and Training group has been building partnerships with various departments and centers. This is one of the successful collaborative projects between the Instructional Technology and Training group and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. We asked Chloe Tucker (‘07), the international programs coordinator at the CPGC to talk about the project.

The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship’s broad purpose is to help the Haverford College community engage meaningfully with key issues of today.  One of the Center’s flagship programs is its summer internship program, in which 60-70 students work with organizations across the US and around the world. These students come back with stories and they want ways to share them.  In February 2012, the Instructional Technology and Training group collaborated with Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship to launch a Digital Storytelling project to provide students with a creative means of reflecting on their off-campus experiences. Corey Chao (‘08) of the ITT and Chloe Tucker (‘07), the international programs coordinator at the CPGC received support from the Tri-College Digital Humanities Center to start a pilot project.

Chao and Tucker consulted with colleagues at Swarthmore and at the Berkeley, CA-based Center for Digital Storytelling to design a workshop that 1) allowed students to reflect on their experiences 2) built students’ storytelling skills and 3) taught them the basics of digital media literacy.  The goal: to create a 3-minute story about a moment of transformation.

In the first session, students met with Philadelphia-based artist Jamie Schilling to build their storytelling skills.  She introduced the group to “Story Circle,” an image-based, reflective storytelling technique with roots in the US Civil Rights Movement.  Instead of beginning their story from the materials they had collected over the course of their internship, Schilling’s methods pushed them to “find the story that wants to be told.”

Corey Chao then led the students in an introduction to the digital editing software over the next session.  While the pilot program took place over 2 days, the September 2012 version took place over three 4-hour sessions: a Sunday afternoon of storytelling and 2 Thursday evening workshops.  Corey’s facility with the software built students’ confidence quickly, and group critiques helped each student tweak and strengthen their drafts until they submitted their final cuts.

Here is one of the final products of the pilot workshop, by Ntshadi Mofokeng (BMC ‘12). It concerns her internship with an education advocacy organization in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town South Africa.  This workshop taught students FinalCut Pro software, and all voices were recorded with Audacity.

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September 2012 saw the official launch of the Digital Storytelling program and a switch to the iMovie platform for the students who had just returned from their internships.  They were bursting with stories about their various (and varied!) experiences. Here are two of their stories:
Helen Farley (‘15) worked at the Golden Baobab Prize, a child literacy organization based in Accra, Ghana.

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Amy Greulich (‘13) worked at the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Old Town, Maine.

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Both Corey and Chloe have been approached by colleagues on- and off-campus who are eager to incorporate digital storytelling into their work.  We hope to continue this project for the foreseeable future!

If you are considering using digital storytelling for your class or department, please contact the ITT group.


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  • Ntshadi Mofokeng (BMC ‘12). Video concerns her internship with an education advocacy organization in Khayelitsha township
  • Helen Farley (‘15). Video about her work at the Golden Baobab Prize, a child literacy organization based in Accra, Ghana.
  • Amy Greulich (‘13).  Video about her work at the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Old Town, Maine

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