Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Research Based Digital Stories

Students in the Introduction to Environmental Studies course (ENVL 1011) were asked to create short digital ethnographies on what it means for a product to be "green". Each student was assigned a product a category and was told to create the digital story using their Nokia N95 to collect images, video, and audio. The stories were then assembled using Adobe Premiere Elements. The stories incorporated concepts and frameworks of sustainability that we discussed were discussed in class, with their own concepts of what it means for something to be good for the environment.

Two of the three examples presented here use stop animation. I was pleasantly suprised by the creativity that students used in developing these stories. I believe that the digtial story structure encouraged these students to put more time and thought into the project than would have been the case with a traditional powerpoint presentation to the class.




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