Stream 1: Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling, simply put, is the practice of using digital media to tell stories. It has been shown to promote deep reflection, help make sense of experience, encourage cooperative activity, build confidence, and create a powerful product that can have a transformative effect on the maker and viewer alike.

Students and postdoctoral fellows are being trained and mentored to create digital stories to document and share their training, mentoring, and research experiences in field education.

The guiding research question is: In what ways does the storytelling process enhance student learning about research training and mentorship?

The working group leading this Stream includes:

Grant Charles (UBC), Natalie Clark (TRU), Julie Drolet (UC), Michelle Reid (NVIT), Christine Walsh (UC)

Student-Created Digital Stories

Students created digital stories in their Field Seminar course as they were completing their MSW practicum in 2020-2021.

My Story of Remote Practicum - A Journey to Possibilities By Karen Lok Yi Wong

Using My Bundle to Navigate the Waves of Grief by Andrea Rosenberger-Deleeuw

Oi Living as an Asian in COVID 19 Digital Story 2020 by Cindy Nguyen

Dealing with COVID-19 School Closure by Clarissa Foss

My Journey as a Social Work Student Digital Story 2020 by Emily Tetrault

Rough Lives for Rough Necks: Digital Storytelling by Erin Smith

Digital Storytelling Presentation By Reena Samra

Bhutanese Community on The Move and Climate Change by Kamal Khatiwada

Lack of Access to Clean Drinking Water by Sabeena Tariq

Field Practicum Experience with Bonnie Lewin

Water Crisis in Punjab by Dr. Wasif Ali, Shivani Samra & Elladee Windsor

Research Assistant Experience by Nicole Brown

Campus Life at SEU by Ying Yang

Digital Storytelling Infographic

This infographic visually describes digital storytelling in a simplified and concise manner. It describes how digital storytelling is extremely flexible, and can be tailored to any subject or theme. This infographic shows how digital storytelling allows students to construct their own learning and engages them in an inquiry-based, active learning process.

Infographic (PDF)

Digital Storytelling Guidebook

This Digital Storytelling Guidebook is a resource created by the Transforming the Field Education Landscape Project (TFEL) to support social work students, field educators, and faculty members in creating a digital story rooted in reflexivity. The Guidebook is meant to assist students and faculty members to integrate digital storytelling in social work field education.

Guidebook (PDF)

Webinar: What is Social Work

Presented by Cyndi Hall (Dalhousie University) & Nancy Ross (Dalhousie University)

“What is Social Work?” was a webinar on a video documentary, with commentary. In this webinar, the presenters described the creative process they undertook in the creation of this documentary and discussed some of the emerging themes from the interviews and implications for field education.

Zoom Recording

Workshop: Articulating Transformation in Field Education and Research through Digital Storytelling

Presented by Christine A. Walsh (PhD), Professor​, Natalie St-Denis (PhD(c))​, & Alison Grittner (PhD student)

This workshop introduced digital storytelling as a method to identify and articulate transformative learning in field education and social work research. The session provided background into the digital storytelling process and research on its application and presented examples of digital storytelling from research and field domains. In the second part of the workshop, participants were invited directly into the storytelling process by creating their own stories.

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Zoom Recording

Digital Story Premiere by Students

The Digital Story Premiere showed a “reel” of Digital Stories, created by social work students through their workshops and mentorship with TFEL Co-Investigator, Dr. Christine Walsh. The student creators shared their experiences and hosted a Q & A session.

Zoom Recording

Field Image

The TFEL Field Image Showcase served as an opportunity for social work students to demonstrate their unique experiences in practicum, course work or research activities. Students shared a reel of images and their reflections, throughout this event.

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