Teaching Multimodal Digital Storytelling

By: Pamela Wilson   Josh Marsh   Efe Sevin  

This workshop addresses the pragmatics of designing and implementing a new curriculum in multimodal digital storytelling as an innovation to replace a more traditional Communication curriculum at a small U.S. university. The curriculum includes introductory courses in creative nonfiction/feature writing, digital storytelling through audio, photography and moving images, and a required practicum at multiple levels to produce a multimedia online publication that replaces a traditional student newspaper. Electives in audio design; digital video editing, producing and directing; documentary photography; web and interactive media design; integrated multimodal storytelling and publication editing provide more focused skills. Students are also introduced to a spectrum of media industries with a focus on the convergence model as well as ethical and legal issues relating to media. Research methods, intercultural communication, and media/cultural theory provide foundational liberal arts frameworks, while pre-professional courses in organizational communication, public relations and advertising strengthen strategic communication skills. Capstone courses include transmedia storytelling and marketing as well as an internship in a related corporate or organizational environment. The session highlights successes as well as stumbling blocks in offering this curriculum as well as key assignments and projects that engage students in developing and publishing multimodal texts.

Multimodal, Multimedia, Writing, Pedagogy, Integrated, Digital, Teaching, Learning, Transmedia, Curriculum
Reading, Writing, Literacy, and Learning
Workshop Presentation

Pamela Wilson

Professor, Communication and Media Studies, Reinhardt University, United States
United States

Pam Wilson is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Reinhardt University. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin after receiving an M. A. in Anthropology at the University of Texas and an M. A. in Radio-TV-Film at the University of North Carolina. Her scholarly research interests center around the creation and mobilization of media in the service of social and cultural movements, particularly by members of indigenous, minority, or marginalized groups. She co-edited (with Michelle Stewart) Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Poetics, and Politics (Duke UP, 2008) and has pulished many articles and book chapters. Wilson is also an archival historian, a photographer, and a novelist. 

Josh Marsh

Assistant Professor, Reinhardt University, United States
United States

Efe Sevin

Assistant Professor, Reinhardt University, United States
United States