Inspired by the work of the Center for Digital Storytelling and the Digital Storytelling Working Group, Western Oregon University's Office of Study Abroad and International Exchanges, in collaboration with WOU's Writing Center, implemented digital storytelling as one of the requirements for the Study Abroad Capstone Project.
Digital storytelling is a powerful tool for helping students bring their study abroad experience full circle. The process of creating a digital story leads students to reflect more deeply on their time abroad as they brainstorm, create storyboards, write scripts, and finally produce their story.
Students begin collecting material for their stories even before departure to their destination. Before, during, and on return, students write posts and upload photos to the WOU Students Abroad Photoblog. They respond to questions posed at different stages of the study abroad cycle and have rich opportunities to discover, investigate, verify, and explain (DIVE) what they are observing and experiencing.
With permission from the Bringing the Learning Home project developed by Australian educators Dr. Greg Downey, Dr. Jan Gothard, and Ms. Linda Butcher, WOU modeled its photoblog and the DIVE method after that project.
by Melissa Carver, Summer 2012
by Jessie Padilla, Summer 2012
by Cain Burchell,Summer 2012
Austria (via Budapest Hungary)
by Raina Morgan, Summer 2013
by Kylie Russell
by Teri Hill, Summer 2013
by Su, Yi Jun, Summer 2013
by Molly Kirkelie, Summer 2013
by Alyssa Raimer, Summer 2013
by Kylen Dix, Summer 2013
By Emily Walley, Summer 2012
By Marissa Thompson, Fall 2012
by Emily Aalbers, Summer and Fall 2012
By William Lane, Summer 2013
by Sarah Joyce, Summer 2013
by Jolene Johnson, Summer 2013
by Casey, Gallagher, Spring 2013
by Mario Barba, Summer 2013
by Joshua McGraw, Summer 2013
by Aaron Cole, Summer 2013
by Sarah King, Summer 2013
by Courtney Daniel, Summer 2013
by Ayat Haidar, Summer 2013
by Rebekah Smith, Spring 2013
by Katy Barlean, Winter/Spring 2013
by Jacqueline Arrezola, Fall 2012
by Jose Ruben Garcia, Fall 2012
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