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Problematic Issues in Digital Storytelling

, , Valley City State University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-16-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Storytelling plays an integral role in teaching and learning. With the appearance of digital storytelling (stories created through the tools of interactive media), the presence and scope of storytelling for education is broadened. Traditional and digital stories share certain elements, but a subtle severance impels a comparative discourse as they diverge into distinct art forms. Although technology has transformed storying, a salient framework has been overlooked in the literature. Fundamental predicaments emerge between the making of traditional and digital stories. The divide that separates them reveals dilemmas. The authors contend that these four elements must be present in storymaking whether traditional or digital: thought gathering and planning, portraying the giant, holding personal contact, and taking in the entire audience. In this paper, these four elements are delineated as dilemmas for the digital storymaker.


Walsh, R.L. & Hoskisson, D. (2015). Problematic Issues in Digital Storytelling. In S. Carliner, C. Fulford & N. Ostashewski (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2015--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 220-225). Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 6, 2019 from .



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