Higher Education Workshop

Having CDS come to our campus to work with our faculty exceeded our expectations in every way. They planted seeds that have grown beyond digital storytelling, fostering broader conversations on campus concerning media literacy and digital humanities.
— William Shewbridge, Director of New Media Studio, UMBC

Workshop Description

Our three-day Higher Education Workshop is designed as a professional development opportunity for college and university faculty and staff who are interested in developing digital storytelling projects in partnership with other faculty/staff, students, or community partners. We support each participant in creating a digital story not more than 150 words in length. The creation of these shorter pieces provides hands-on  experience with the entire digital storytelling process, including a story circle, script writing and recording, and video editing, using digital tools/platforms.

As they finish their digital stories, participants move into the second component of the workshop, in which we explore implementation issues. Strategies for effectively managing the creation of digital stories in  higher education contexts are discussed, and issues of copyright and ethical practice are addressed.

Each participant receives classroom resources for digital storytelling, including a software guide, a sample  assessment rubric, case studies of successful digital storytelling work in higher education, and more.

Prerequisites:  Basic computer knowledge, including internet use, ability to navigate a computer directory system, and ability to use basic word processing programs.

Continuing Education Credits are available through Dominican University of California (two CEUs) or University of Colorado.


Day One

Introductions and Overview
Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling Lecture
Story Circle
Digital File Organization 
Scanning and iPhoto Tutorial
Write Story, Create Storyboard, Collect Images

Day Two

Voiceover Recording and Audacity Tutorial
iMovie Tutorial
Individual Digital Story Production

Day Three

Output Stories
iDVD Tutorial
Create DVD
Discussion of Implementation Issues in Educational Contexts
Premiere Story Screening


Upcoming Workshops

Berkeley, CA

Location:  The Center for Digital Storytelling, 1250 Addison Street Suite 104, Berkeley, CA 94702
Lead Facilitator:  Center for Digital Storytelling Staff
Workshop Cost:  $695
Times:  Workshops take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Dates: None scheduled at this time.

Let us design a Custom Training for you

Let the Center for Digital Storytelling bring digital storytelling to your school, workplace or community. Rather than just sending one or two individuals to our public workshops, we can help you design a sustainable practice that creates a cohort of digital storytellers. Bring us in to facilitate custom trainings that bind individuals and communities together in ways that other trainings cannot. We offer each of our public workshop formats in the United States and internationally, and customize sessions to address the specific needs of your group. Learn more about our Custom Project Services.