Teti introduced the Digital Storytelling process to Durham, the first time DS had been used at the University and a rare usage in HE generally. Teti developed the core workshops for English, while training myself as facilitator to take the programme forward long-term. The experience has been transformative on my own practice, while promising to sustain innovation within the Department and beyond. After evaluating a 2019 pilot project through focus groups and surveys, […] we refined the programme to deliver it in 2020 and 2021 with online material to promote a discipline-specific spin. This enabled English students to recognise the way their skills in narrative analysis, creativity, and information management could be adapted to the production of digital videos, as well as for other contexts within the creative industries (such as protecting intellectual property rights). Students reported that this was an intensely meaningful experience, reshaping their career goals and sense of confidence in their own skills; for most this was the first time they had done reflective work in a semi-formalised way at university. We are currently writing these findings into a full-length article. More significantly for this innovation award DS has begun to impact our approach to employability. We are now working with the careers service to build DS into a proposed Level 2 employability module for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, informed by the English DS programme. In 2021 I will be adapting DS to teach documentary filmmaking on a module in the BA Visual Arts and Film. Teti developed a blog to showcase DS outputs and explore further opportunities. Partners from Archaeology and Education are also now collaborating with Teti to evaluate the potential of DS within curriculum, and for both formative and summative assessment. The range of contexts in which DS has been used strongly indicates the innovative value and proven benefit of the process Teti has led.”
(This endorsement was part of a nomination for a Teaching and Learning Award for ‘Most Impactful Innovation’ in Academic Year 2021)
DS Project Department of English Studies, Durham University: Extra-curricula digital storytelling course to support reflection on discipline, digital skills development and employability particularly into Creative Industries.