Digital Storytelling

What is digital storytelling?

Digital storytelling is the use of computer-based tools to create an edited video that tells a story. Digital stories are used when a person's voice and experience are just as important as the focus of the story.

Who makes digital stories?

You can! CCD students and staff with virtually any skill level can create a video and share their stories. You can make videos for a class assignment or for a scholarship. Watch our featured videos to see a few examples from CCD students and staff.

Why do we make digital stories?

Unique to digital storytelling is the way it develops critical thinking skills through the use of an individual's creativity, self-reliance, and fundamental digital media skills to engage an audience for various academic, professional, or personal uses.

How to make videos with WeVideo?

All student requests for WeVideo access should be made through the registration form. Students must use their CCD-provided student email ending with @student.cccs.edu and provide information on why access to WeVideo is needed. Student access to WeVideo is reviewed and approved on a semester basis, meaning WeVideo access ends at the end of each semester and reverts to a free account.

Faculty gain WeVideo access as part of their completion of the Digital Storytelling Certificate training and ongoing participation with the digital storytelling program.

How to get involved?

  1. Current CCD students can work with faculty on digital storytelling or video course assignment while also receiving support from the EXCEL Zone. Talk to your instructor about making a digital story instead of writing a paper.
  2. Tales of the C is a student club and an inclusive space to engage actively with video production and explore personal storytelling techniques.
  3. Current CCD students who are interested in applying for a scholarship or making a Digital Story Fest submission can work directly with the EXCEL Zone’s Digital Coaches. The EXCEL Zone offers student-facing digital storytelling training support as well as a certificate of completion through eight hours of interactive training. For more information, see the Digital Zone Offerings tab or email CCD.Excel@ccd.edu.

CCD’s annual Digital Story Festival showcases the best digital stories of the year made by students and faculty.

Who is eligible?

Current CCD students or faculty are eligible to submit their digital stories. Five $850 scholarships are available for the top digital stories by students enrolled in courses for the next academic semester. Transfer students, graduating students, or faculty members are not eligible for scholarships but may be recognized with screenings in the festival.

When is the annual festival?

The event will take place on May 5, 2022. We look forward to our first in-person event in three years and welcome any and all members of the CCD community. Bring your friends and family, and some popcorn. Celebrate the work of your classmates and colleagues at this end-of-year event. If you require ADA accommodations to enjoy fully the entire event, please contact Erin Christon to make that request.

What are the categories?

First-place winners* from each category receive an $850 scholarship for Spring or Summer 2022 terms. Submit a video to one of the following categories:

  • Stories of STEM
    • This category amplifies the stories of those in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
  • Stories of Us
    • This category is for the stories about what makes us who we are—our identities, how we fit into the world, our efforts toward a just society.
  • Stories of the News
    • This category focuses on stories from those who collect, write, and share the newsworthy tales of today.
  • Stories on the Job
    • This category highlights the stories from the business and professional world told as a story.
  • Stories about Everything
    • This "wild card" category includes any experience, concept, event, or persuasive argument told as a story.

*The Digital Zone has final discretion on the category designation of film submissions as well as the distribution of awards across categories.

Who gets special recognition?

Current CCD students that are either graduating or transferring and faculty are eligible to submit a digital story for special recognition. They are not eligible for scholarships but can be screened during the festival.

How to submit a digital story?

Before submitting your story, we encourage everyone to take advantage of our 1:1 coaching or our free, ongoing workshops to improve your work. With the increase in award money comes an enhancement of expectations. This year, all-digital stories are required to have closed captioning in our continual effort to be inclusive and accessible. Citing sources also proves difficult for many within the video format, and coaches can teach this skill. Let the Digital Zone help you level up your story, rank highly on our rubric, and increase your chances of earning a scholarship.

Students and faculty submit through the Digital Story Festival submission form, access granted upon request to CCD.Excel@ccd.edu. Video submissions begin on August 19, 2021 and end in the spring semester on May 2nd at 8:00 a.m. MST. Early submissions before the last day of the fall semester will be rewarded at the event with special perks.

Submission Deadlines
Early Deadline: December 13, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. MST
Final Deadline: May 2, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. MST

Video Support

Anyone can receive 1:1 digital storytelling support by scheduling an appointment with EXCEL Zone's Digital Story Coaches. For students interested in gaining a Digital Storytelling Certificate, the EXCEL Zone offers two 4-hour trainings that include digital storytelling fundamentals and using WeVideo and Yuja to create a digital story. Visit the Digital Zone Offerings tab for more information.

The Digital Zone offers two $500 scholarships a year to students who make digital stories that show strong skills in storytelling and video production. Students are eligible if they:

  1. Are current CCD enrolled students who pay in-state tuition
  2. Submit a digital story between one (1) and five (5) minutes made during that academic year
  3. Sign a CCD Photo/Video Release Form

Learn all about the $500 scholarship and what the reviewing committee looks for by visiting the scholarship application page.

Video Support

Anyone can receive 1:1 digital storytelling support by scheduling an appointment with EXCEL Zone's Digital Story Coaches. For students interested in gaining a Digital Storytelling Certificate, the EXCEL Zone offers two 4-hour trainings that include digital storytelling fundamentals and using WeVideo and Yuja to create a digital story. Visit the Digital Zone Offerings tab for more information.

How do faculty get certified in digital storytelling?

The faculty Digital Storytelling Certificate is a three-part series available for professional development. The certification is designed to establish an understanding of the use and creation of digital storytelling for course outcomes.

The training series includes three levels that progress from a general overview to a faculty peer review of the proposed video project they want to implement. The series includes:

  1. Digital Storytelling Foundations
  2. Digital Storytelling Advanced
  3. Faculty Learning Committee

Depending on the class size and participants' tech skills, the first two trainings are four hours in length. Completion time for the program is roughly three weeks as each training requires some independent project time for the next training. Once faculty complete the program, they get a certificate of completion and can begin to integrate digital storytelling into their classes. Their students will receive pre-approval to WeVideo premium through the registration form and the opportunity to receive customized coaching support in and out of the classroom.

Go to TLC's Sign Up for PD page to schedule this series of professional development during the Fall or Spring terms. To request this training "on-demand," visit TLC's Workshops on Demand form. Faculty gain WeVideo access as part of their completion of the Digital Storytelling Certificate training and ongoing participation with the digital storytelling program.

How do digital stories meet institutional outcomes?

Digital Storytelling supports the achievement of the following CCD Institutional Outcomes:

  1. Effective Communication is developed by translating concise writing into a recorded narration with images that add depth of meaning to the audience.
  2. Critical thinking is strengthened as students meet course outcomes in a multi-modal way. To create a digital story, students think about how to use verbal, visual, and auditory concepts to achieve assignment outcomes.
  3. Becoming an effective and ethical user of technology is strengthened as students learn fundamental digital literacy skills in order to achieve their goal of making a digital story.

1:1 Coaching

Any enrolled student can receive 1:1 digital storytelling support by scheduling an appointment with the Digital Zone's coaches or with walk-ins starting in the fall of 2021. They can also support basic computer use and digital literacy skill development. There are many resources available in handouts and videos for independent learning.

Workshops

The Digital Zone offers workshops throughout the year that cover digital literacy, digital storytelling, and study skills. Some of our workshops include:

  • Notetaking: Before, During, and After Class
  • Quick Navigation to Troubleshoot Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • WeVideo Tutorial
  • Reading Strategies
  • Video Tips ‘n’ Tricks
  • How to Get Ahead: Making Conscious Time Choices

Workshops will appear on the right sidebar as upcoming events, and they appear on the CCD event calendar. Anyone can drop into these workshops, and we request that participants come early to not miss crucial information. If you require ADA accommodations to fully engage in any workshop, please reach out to Erin Christon to make a request.

Digital Literacy Support

Digital Literacy is the ability to use digital tools to navigate, communicate, and create within the spaces one wants to occupy. Many students feel overwhelmed by the expectation that they know D2L, PowerPoint, Outlook, and every digital tool available to CCD students. The Digital Zone is here to help students learn the tools that will make them strong students and know how to thoughtfully present their knowledge to teachers, fellow classmates, and future employers.

Book a 1:1 with a Digital Zone Coach or attend an upcoming workshop. Come learn how our digital literacy tool—Northstar—can help you improve your skills on the computer and eventually get certified.

Student Certification in Digital Storytelling

For students interested in gaining a Digital Storytelling Certificate, the EXCEL Zone offers two (2) four-hour training that includes digital storytelling fundamentals and using WeVideo and Yuja to create a digital story. Request to participate in the next scheduled certificate program by emailing CCD.Excel@ccd.edu.