Reinventing reflection through digital storytelling is a pedagogical strategy that enhances student civic learning.
A digital story is an illustration of learning, a way of documenting an experience, that results in a four- to six-minute digital video clip told in first-person narrative. It is illustrated mostly by still images, and music is added to evoke emotions. Digital stories are multilayered in an economical fashion, and their goal is to capture the essence of an experience (Reilly, 2011).
What makes digital stories particularly relevant for service learning and civic engagement is the methodology used to create them. The process requires deep and meaningful reflection, integration of knowledge, paraphrasing, synthesizing, and organization of ideas (Alexander, 2001).
Anyone interested in integrating digital storytelling into their pedagogical practices should contact Kristin Norris (firstname.lastname@example.org). She has conducted research on the process of creating a digital story to facilitate reflection and is available for group presentations as well as one-on-one consultations.