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ERIC Number: EJ1125812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7869
Digital Storytelling: A Method for Engaging Students and Increasing Cultural Competency
Grant, Natalie S.; Bolin, Brien L.
Journal of Effective Teaching, v16 n3 p44-61 2016
Digital storytelling is explored as a method of engaging students in the development of media literacy and cultural competency. This paper describes the perceptions and experiences of 96 undergraduate students at a large Midwestern university, after completing a digital storytelling project in a semester-long diversity course. Digital storytelling was introduced in the course as a pedagogy for engaging students with technology to develop cultural competency. Data were collected from an end of semester survey. Results found that the use of digital storytelling enhanced the learning environment through greater student engagement around technology and diversity issues. By bridging course content and pedagogy around diversity and cultural competency, students were able to gain competency, and experience the use of technology in academic/workplace settings, and create awareness/discourse around social issues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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