Course Syllabus

Register for the UW Libraries Digital Storytelling Workshop today.

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Course Overview: 

This intensive three-week workshop will guide you through the development of your own digital story: how you came to your research, what motivated you to become a researcher, and where your research is taking you.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

Identify the seven steps of the digital storytelling process

Develop a narrative script that reflects your experiences as a researcher

Design and create a 2-3 minute digital story using a cloud-based video editing tool

Our cohort is a safe space for open discussions. We embrace and support diversity and inclusiveness within this course and at the UW Libraries. We hope to foster unique representations of ideas and experiences. This online course and the synchronous meeting sessions will remain welcoming and supportive to allow each of you to thrive creatively as a researcher.

Course requirements: 

Students are expected to complete assignments on time and to participate in workshop discussions for feedback. During the course, students will share their progress and questions regarding their digital stories with the Teaching Team and fellow students. Participants are expected to attend two 2.5-hour synchronous discussions using the Zoom video conferencing platform. 

Technical requirements: 

Participants in this workshop will be asked to participate in live, synchronous, virtual discussions. To effectively engage in these discussions, we ask students to:

Create a Zoom account and download the Zoom client.

Use a headset or earbuds for the synchronous sessions.

This workshop utilizes a real-time collaboration and communication tool known as Slack. Participants will join a Slack team for this workshop and are encouraged to use this tool for discourse and discussion.

Students will also use a cloud-based video editing tool to develop their digital projects. Access to this software will be granted once enrolled.

Teaching Team: 

Elliott Stevens, Assistant Research Commons Librarian

Perry Yee, Online Learning Support Manager

Gabi Dahlin, Research Commons Graduate Assistant 

Best method to contact:  

Instructors can be contacted at

Date, Time, Place of Workshop Meetings

Two synchronous sessions will be offered during this workshop:

Saturday, October 21st, 9:30am - 12:00pm

Saturday, November 4th, 9:30am - 12:00pm


The World's Fastest and Easiest Digital Story

200-word script

1st draft video composition

Final video composition

Frequently Asked Questions:



Will I receive a certificate for completing this course?

Unfortunately, this course does not provide certification for any of the tools or methods used during the workshop experience. However, participants gain exposure to new ideas and frameworks while building practical skills in video editing, compositing, and digital scholarship.

Are the synchronous sessions mandatory?

Yes, the live sessions are required as a participant in this workshop. 

How long will it take to complete this project?

We are not seeking perfection with your final deliverables. Depending on your skills in video editing and the efficiency of progress through the digital storytelling process, you can realistically expect to spend upwards of 10-20 hours of work including participation in the two 2.5 hour synchronous sessions.

Do I need to know how to use video editing software before applying?

No. You will have access to demonstrations and tutorials in our chosen video editing platform. The Teaching Team will also be available to answer your questions during drop-in hours or via email.

Do I get to keep my work at the end of this workshop?

You will be able to download an MP4 file of your completed video and your project will be saved to your personal video account. However, you will lose access to the enterprise privileges in our video editing platform which may impact your ability to retrieve project files. Access to our account privileges will be provided until a date specified in the workshop.

What if I need to drop out during the workshop?

If you are chosen to participate in this workshop, but you have an extended planned absence or must otherwise drop out of the program, please contact us immediately.

What happens when the workshop concludes?

Before the workshop concludes, we request that you fill out and submit a Personal Release Form that will allow us to feature your work on the UW Libraries' website and in future iterations of this course. You do not need to sign the form to participate in the workshop, but we would appreciate the ability to highlight your work.


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