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Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Persian...
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Persian...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

WEEK 1: Choosing a Topic and Defining your Purposes

Week 1 introduces you to the basics of digital storytelling. You will explore the fundamental elements of a good digital story and review examples used by educators across a varied curriculum. By the end of this week, you will be able to choose a topic and define the purpose of a digital story you will create for your classroom or informal learning setting. You may access the course materials for this week from the links below, or from the navigation bar on the left side of this page....
Reading
7 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Welcome2m
Introduction to Digital Storytelling 2m
Digital Storytelling Process3m
Types of Digital Stories4m
Selecting a Topic3m
Digital Storytelling in the Classroom 3m
Reading2 readings
Week 1 Instructions10m
Week 1 Reading Materials10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Assignment 1: Select your Topic and Define the Purpose of the digital story2m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

WEEK 2: Writing an Effective Script and Creating a Storyboard

In Week 2, we will focus on scriptwriting, storyboarding, and Creative Commons. We will begin by discussing the steps in developing and writing a script for the digital story you will create in this course.We will explore the basic elements of the script,such as introduction, character development, tension and resolution that are necessary in developing a script. Then, we will also examine the importance of selecting appropriate images and creating a storyboard. In Week 2, you will learn not only the functions and the sequences of a storyboard, but also the most useful ways to locate images, such as using photos taken with a digital camera and images downloaded from the internet based on the size, quality, type and usage rights. A step-by-step approach will be used to illustrate how these images can support your own script as a part of creating a digital story. By the end of this week, you will begin to understand the important steps and elements of scriptwriting, and be able to envision your story's script in a visually interesting storyboard....
Reading
8 videos (Total 42 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Getting Started with Scriptwriting5m
Creating a Storyboard4m
Creative Commons3m
Images and Copyright8m
Using High Resolution Images6m
Creating a Storyboard with StoryboardThat3m
12 lessons learned part 18m
Reading2 readings
Week 2 Instructions10m
Week 2 Reading Materials10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

WEEK 3

In week 3, we will focus on how you can record audio narration that will be used in your digital story. We will examine some of the most common types of microphones and recording devices that you can use to record the script you wrote. We will also demonstrate how to record and edit your digital audio files using Audacity, free audio recording software available for Windows and Macintosh computers. Of course, if you prefer, you may use any audio editing program to record and/or edit your narration. The important thing to remember is that recording your own voice is a key component of the digital storytelling process since it explains the information you are presenting and provides a personal touch to your story. We feel strongly that this part of the process should not be overlooked.This week, we will also explore how you can find and download appropriate music that supports the theme of your story. We will focus on music that is in the public domain or is free of copyright restrictions so that it can be used in your digital story legally and at no cost. ...
Reading
11 videos (Total 47 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Recording Narration With a Portable Recording Device1m
Recording Your Narration3m
Digital Audio Formats2m
Recording Narration with an iPhone2m
Recording Narration with an Android Phone2m
Downloading and Installing Audacity3m
Recording and Saving with Audacity5m
Basic Editing in Audacity: Removing Parts of an Audio File6m
Mixing Audio with Audacity5m
Finding and Using Copyright-Free Music Tracks9m
Reading2 readings
Week 3 Instructions10m
Week 3 Reading Materials10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

WEEK 4

In Week 4, we will explore how to assemble all of the elements (text, images, narration, and if you choose, music and/or video clips) to create the final version of your digital story and publish it online. You may use any video editing software program of your choice, and you may find a list of software options, Web 2.0 tools, and mobile apps, on the Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling website (http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu)....
Reading
12 videos (Total 70 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
Creating a Single Image Digital Story3m
WeVideo Introduction2m
Adding Media6m
Creating a Digital Story in WeVideo6m
Image Editing5m
Adding Text13m
Adjusting Audio5m
Adding a Video Clip9m
Finalizing Your Video4m
Single Image Digital Story: Finalized Version2m
New WeVideo Editing Tool7m
Reading3 readings
Week 4 Instructions10m
Week 4 Reading Materials10m
WeVideo Instructions10m

Instructors

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Bernard R Robin

Associate Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
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Sara G. McNeil

Associate Professor
Curriculum and Instruction

About University of Houston System

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • No. The course is designed for the novice computer user who has an interest in using digital stories to make teaching and learning more engaging.

  • No, but you need fundamental computer and basic internet skills such as accessing a web site, uploading files, and saving and downloading images.

  • For this course, you need: 1) a reliable internet connection, 2) a device to record audio, such as a smartphone or audio recorder, 3) a free account on WeVideo, and 3) the time to listen, read, watch, discuss, and practice the techniques you will learn in this course.

  • All deadlines are based on CDT (Central Daylight Time).

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