Guide for Faculty

Preparing Your Students for Digital Storytelling

Giving students feedback on their stories/reflections is important because it leads to deeper learning. When our ideas are challenged or questioned, it causes us to think more deeply about them, which is sometimes called "critical storytelling."

If you want students to dig deep into the experience and make sense of what has happened and what they have learned, supporters of critical storytelling say that it’s not just that we ask students to consider multiple perspectives, but be willing to turn the stories on their heads, looking quite differently at the potential, most likely hidden, meanings that have been pushed to the corners, or swept under the rugs. We need to investigate the nooks and crannies of our experiences, our memories, and our histories that the status quo intentionally attempts to suppress or rewrite for us (Norris, Siemers, Clayton, Weiss, forthcoming).