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Storytelling in the Digital Age

Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

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Course Description

This course will give you an opportunity to both understand and participate in new forms of storytelling that are emerging in our digital media world. We will re-learn the art of creative self-expression in ways that both respect tried-and-true dimensions of narratology, and respond to our new, fast-paced ways of interacting with content online. We will learn from and dissect the films, stories, and interactive sites created by today’s leading digital media producers, and we will put these lessons to use as you create engaging, self-expressive narratives of your own. Learn craft, process, and how to use digital media to tell the stories that matter most to you.

Students will focus first on the written text for each project, and will be guided through a series of drafts, receiving peer and instructor feedback each step of the way. As you integrate sound and image into each project, you will explore both the technical logistics and the intellectual/aesthetic considerations inherent to producing coherent work in this medium. Students will read and view a wide range of exemplary and instructional texts, learning to read and view closely and critically.

This course provides a good introduction to the arts of storytelling and critical reading. The skills learned will give students an advantage in any introductory-level humanities college course, from English to Media Studies. In addition, the final projects produced by students can be a useful addition to any college admissions portfolio, as examples of creative ability. The course website will serve as a showcase for all final projects.

"This course was academically enriching, and above all, it was fun. It was never tedious working on the project or for the course, due to the nature of the course as well as the instructor's approachability and friendliness. I would definitely recommend this to all of my friends."
Storytelling in the Digital Age student, Summer 2014

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Course Requirements:

Time commitment: The first week of your online course serves as the course orientation, during which you will get to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system), review course expectations and strategies for your success, learn about your instructor, and help us to learn a bit about you. These activities should take you just a few hours to complete.

The following week you will begin working with your instructor and classmates on the course itself. To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access, and will be expected to participate multiple times each week. Plan to spend approximately 10 hours per week on coursework.


  • Computer with reliable, high-speed internet connection
  • Up-to-date Internet browser supported by Canvas, Brown's learning management system
  • Headphones, earbuds or speakers
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Adobe Flash Player browser plugin (Course elements may require Flash and will not work on an iPad.)
  • Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc,.docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Courses can also be accessed on tablets and mobile devices. These devices can be used as supplemental access points in order to complete most coursework.

Special tech/project requirements: Camera or smartphone for still or video images

Supplementary materials: none

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