Welcome to the course blog for "We Media: Digital Stories of Race, Class and Gender" interim May term course, which ended in May 2010.
Blogs happen in reverse chronology so you are at the end, but scroll down to trace our journey backwards...
My final assignment:
From this journey I will take so much. I have been teaching courses on digital storytelling since 2008 in various manifestations. The courses have included two day workshops at a community media non-profit, 10 week course at a small, liberal arts college, 16 weeks at a r1 institution, and now here at UA, a teaching institution. I would say that my journey teaching diverse students with varying steps of technical skills, in different sorts of spaces and places, I have learned a lot about digital storytelling, pedagogy, critical inquiry, and creative media making.
From this particular course, I saw my own theories and methods of digital storytelling and the aims of my my work as a teacher and a facilitator come to life in really exciting ways. I saw the trust that was built through the story circles, the faith that was entrusted in our community of learners, and collaborative learning happening between teacher and student as well as from student to student.
There were many class sessions where we cried, laughed, nodded in agreement, and shared stories orally, written and through digital compositions that are our digital stories.
I feel blessed to have shared with this group of folks. On this blog they share their projects (that were for most of them, their first videos ever made!)... The first video is a short digital story (5 minutes and under) that follows Lambert's CDS model, sparked by a photo exercise that I developed for the course, and the second assignment is an interview based project.
Browse our posts, watch our videos, and leave comments if you are so moved... Enjoy!