Graham Attwell and Dirk Stieglitz, Angela Rees, Pontydysgu, Wales, U.K.

 

One of the digital stories created using Expo can be seen at https://pontydysgu.exposure.co/south-africa or scroll the picture of the monkey!

South Africa by Pontydysgu on Exposure

Two Days of digital identity, security and storytelling workshops in Wales

A group of college students joined Pontydysgu staff to learn about digital storytelling. The first session covered digital identity and how you present yourself on the web, the second day saw participants exploring story telling software.

The participants were first directed to content on the project website.

The tutorial begins with a slideshare “Managing your Professional Identity” by Alison Kerwin which guides the participant through some ideas about content sharing and the audiences we share content with. Each slide was discussed within the group. The role of this was to address the objective “Make informed decisions about issues to do with privacy, sharing, publishing etc” It was deemed an important aspect to address before the participants began sharing content as it focused them on what type of content they wished to share.

The next stage of the tutorial was a short activity where the participants decide which content they would share publicly and which privately.

The next activity was to explore who we connect with via social media and which social networks we use with which people. The purpose of these activities was to address the objective “Discuss the concept of digital footprints, manage their online identity appropriately and discuss the implications of some of their decisions” and also to begin to explore some of the social networks available to them and their uses as per the objective “Identify, explore and use other social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linked In etc. and say how they could be useful (or not) to them.”

The participants then used the example of the workshop leader to see what public information they could find using an internet search. They then searched for themselves and talked about the kinds of information they would want people to find about them and the types of stories they would like to share.

At this point the concept of digital biographies and narratives was understood by the participants and the project aims and objectives were introduced as per the objective “explain the concept of digital vocational biographies / narratives, say how creating one could be useful to them and list some of the ways they could use them.”

The final task of the day was to identify some aspects of themselves and their online identity they wished to create a narrative around and to present those ideas using thinglink as per the activity at the end of the tutorial.

Using thinglink to explore online identities and digital stories


The second day was less structured. The day started by first showcasing the platform and explaining how it works. Participants were then given guest access to the demo platform and allowed some time to explore and to familiarise themselves with the platform features.

For the remainder of the session the group was encouraged to create content to share on the platform. The group explored a range of storytelling tools, animation, video, content curation with storify etc, using the resources already on the project site. showing the participants how to find media they were allowed to use, share and re-purpose in order to tell their stories. The group then discussed the structure and key features of a story. A variety of tools were presented and participants chose a couple to try out and work with. They spent the remainder of the day trying out different tools and techniques presented on the project website with guidance from the workshop facilitators.
During the workshop the participants were interested in experiencing a range of tools and so many stories were started but few made it to a complete enough stage to be added to the platform. The participants left the workshop enthusiastic.

The Welsh Digital Narratives Curriculum