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ACS Digital Storytelling Workshop, October 9-10, 2014

Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas



 The Associated Colleges of the South is pleased to announce that it will host a workshop on Digital Storytelling at Hendrix College in Conway, AR on October 9-10, 2014. The workshop will explore digital storytelling—a technique that combines student writing with images, sounds, and voice to create short, compelling multimedia presentations—and its applications for teaching and learning in the liberal arts context. Featured sessions will include a keynote address by Arlene Goldbard of the Center for Digital Storytelling and a hands-on demonstration of digital storytelling technique, as well as discussions of community-based learning with digital storytelling, institutional support for digital storytelling, and issues of ethical research and intellectual property. Participants will also have the opportunity to share how they are using digital storytelling in their own teaching. Registered participants will receive a $250 stipend, and all meals will be provided during workshop events on Friday, Oct. 10th.


Registration for the workshop is currently full.  For more information about the workshop, or to put your name on the waiting list, please contact Amanda Hagood (hagood@colleges.org), Director of Blended Learning Programs for the Associated Colleges of the South.





Thursday, October 9th


  •  The Power of Story (Keynote Address)

Arlene Goldbard, Writer, Social Activist, Consultant to the Center for Digital Storytelling. Examining the potential for digital storytelling as a teaching tool, Goldbard will discuss how each of us participates in multiple stories: autobiographies we construct; threads in the tapestry of family, community, people, and nation; and the wisdom stories that guide our actions. Goldbard will explore how we can help students become aware of internalized stories that diminish possibility and connect to a larger, more enabling story that will use their full capacities. Reception  and book signing to follow.



Friday, October 10th

Note: All meals will be provided to conference participants on Friday, October 10th.


  • Story Circle Activity

Arlene Goldbard, Center for Digital Storytelling. A group activity in which participants share stories around a common theme, noting the layered complexity which emerges as stories are shared. A discussion of how storytelling can support academic inquiry will follow.


  • Digital Storytelling Tools & Techniques

Fuji Lozada & Peter Carolla, Davidson College. Lozada and Carolla will lead a hands-on workshop in the process of creating a digital story, including storyboarding and a demonstration of video editing software.


  • Community-Based Digital Storytelling

Felix Kronenberg, Rhodes College. Kronenberg will present a digital storytelling project about immigrant life in Memphis, in which students created digital stories in conjunction with Rhodes faculty and Memphis community members who have immigrated to the United States.


  • Digital Storytelling and the Liberal Arts College

Fred Hagemeister, University of Richmond. Hagemeister will describe the institutional framework (including human resources and methodologies) for supporting digital storytelling established at Richmond, including the resources on Richmond’s LearnDSTwebsite.

  • Ethical Research Practices in Digital Storytelling

Anne Goldberg, Hendrix College. Goldberg will discuss ethical research issues involved when assigning documentary projects to students, through the lens of her course in Visual Anthropology.


  • Intellectual Property Issues in Digital Storytelling

Tim Lepczyk, Hendrix College. Lepczyk will describe the emergence of copyright, including the new Creative Commons standards for digital work, and discuss their applications for digital storytelling projects.


  • Digital Story Viewing 

Open Session.This session will allow participants to share exemplary student work in digital storytelling, along with brief presentations about how they are using digital storytelling in their teaching.


  • Closing Reception

The final event in the day’s activities will allow participants to circulate over coffee and dessert, exchanging ideas for future projects and future collaborations.




Out-of-town attendees will find accommodations available at a number of hotels in Conway, Arkansas. The Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Suites (2330 Sanders Street, Conway, AR 72032)  will hold in reserve a block of rooms for conference attendees at the rate of $99+tax per night. The hotel is a short drive, or a 20-minute walk, from the main workshop location, the Willbur G. Mills Center at Hendrix College. Call (501)-205-1315 to make a reservation, and be sure to mention that you are attending the Digital Storytelling Conference so you can secure the special rate.  You must reserve your room by September 18, 2014 to guarantee the special rate. For more details about the hotel, see http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/conway/cnwex/hoteldetail.

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