Digital storytelling is a tool in research and teaching that is showing promise in terms of positive (i.e. effective) social change, while embodying key tenets of ethical praxis. Digital stories are essentially short multi-media film vignettes that draw upon still frame images, video, audio, music, and a pre-recorded narrative to tell a personal or collective story about a particular topic.
As a tool in my teaching, I use digital stories to promote deep learning, whereby student story-makers enter a process of reflexivity, situatedness, and share the ways in which they have taken up the teachings of others. As a tool in research, I use digital stories to decolonize the research process by ensuring that community voices, perspectives, and representations remain at the core of inquiry.
Below are digital stories, shared with permission, from my Field School (GPHY309) and my research with Huu-ay-aht First Nations, and Pictou Landing First Nation.