Digital storytelling offers creative avenues for student learning through the use of technology tools that go beyond traditional “paper” or “exam” assignments. The presenters will discuss a new digital storytelling project that they designed – Hashtag Activism Project - for students to construct historical documentary-type digital stories about their hashtag activism movements by integrating multimedia (text, images, articles, video, etc.) using Storify, a free social-media driven storytelling tool, to create a cohesive chronology of events from their perspectives. As a culminating assignment, students share, peer-critique, and discuss their digital stories with classmates in a discussion board. The presenters will demonstrate their online digital storytelling project model including key stages and assignments, instructional scaffolding provided to students, along with grading rubrics to assess students’ work. This project provides students with an engaging, inquiry-based authentic learning experience that can be implemented in any delivery format - face-to-face/web-enhanced, hybrid/blended, and/or fully online courses.
Denise Kreiger, M.Ed., is a Senior Instructional Design and Technology Specialist in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University and has worked over eleven years in higher education. She has extensive experience working with faculty to design, develop, and teach/facilitate face-to-face/web-enhanced, hybrid, and fully online courses using learning management systems and instructional technology to promote high-quality, engaging courses based on best practices informed by Quality Matters (QM) course design standards. She is certified as a QM Peer Reviewer and has designed and taught online and hybrid teaching certification programs for faculty professional development, as well as undergraduate courses in Information Technology, Education, and English Composition at Rutgers and other institutions. She has presented at state, national, and international conferences such as the Online Learning Consortium (Sloan), Quality Matters, New Media Consortium, NJEDge, Rutgers Online Learning Conference, and VALE NJ. In addition, she has related work experience in the corporate/consulting sector and K-12 schools.
Sharon Stoerger, Ph.D., is the Director of the Information, Technology, and Informatics program and Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Her teaching experience ranges from gender and computerization (STEM) to instructional and emerging technologies. Dr. Stoerger's research areas of interest include computer-mediated communication, social informatics, and educational uses of social media including virtual worlds. She is also interested in online and hybrid pedagogies. Dr. Stoerger has presented her work on educational uses of technology at a number of national and international conferences including EDUCAUSE, New Media Consortium, the eLearning Forum Asia, and Online EDUCA Berlin. She has also written several articles and book chapters on the educational uses of social media and virtual worlds.