SPRING 2016: As part of the new Summit initiative at Agnes Scott College–an innovative revision of the college’s curriculum to focus on global citizenry and leadership–I taught one of the first Global Journeys courses, titled “Global Connections through Story.” Students in the course, all first-years in their second college semester, learned about digital storytelling, created autobiographical visual stories, and then traveled to Toronto for one week in March to teach a group of seniors how to develop digital stories of their own. We partnered with StoryCenter (formerly the Center for Digital Storytelling), who had just opened a new branch in Toronto. Two facilitators from the organization met us in Toronto and assisted with the logistical and technical details of the project.
Each of the students worked with one senior storyteller to help elicit a well-crafted story and then to translate the story to film, using the iMovie app for the iPad.
The Journeys course is designed to facilitate an exploration of complex and interdependent relationships across the globe. Ours was the only course to focus specifically on digital work and to facilitate intergenerational, as well as intercultural, experiences for the students.