Learning through Digital Stortyelling
Modelling Digital Storytelling
A Critical Remix on Education (Course: Mutlimodal Literacies)
Natalie Angelucci, York University
Welcome to Learning through Digital storytelling. When you think of digital storytelling, you may picture autobiographical confessionals, or, perhaps, simple “Once upon a time” stories posted online. In this module, we take an extended look at digital narratives as a vehicle for production pedagogies, discussing what narratives are, and how new media tools, digital network connection, and mobile access enable the learner to navigate, produce and share dynamic user-created narratives and research artifacts to engage a global community.
We examine the seminal concept of mode in terms of semiotic resources, and as analytical descriptors of media, and explore how multimodality, remix, interactivity, and dynamism shape—and continue to reshape—digital storytelling. Production pedagogies move learning out of the cage of traditional curricular expectations, and into active user spaces, where it is learner agency that drives cultural creation. In Digital storytelling, we demonstrate how learners are engaged in powerful production pedagogies through narrative construction of fanfic; multimodal video and website production; cellphilms; multilingual and plurilingual texts; and serious comics.