Creative Inquiry Through Digital Storytelling is designed to engage learners in an extensive study of creativity that involves both learning about prominent theories about creativity, learning and teaching creatively, the creativity-technology connection, and a semester-long self-exploration of the student’s creativity through digital storytelling.
Relevant Instructional Technology Program Initiatives
Instructional Technology, Category 2 — Knowledge of learners and teaching.
The course will specifically address the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) National Education Technology Standards for Teachers, Standard #1, “Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity” and Standard #3, “Model Digital Age Work and Learning.”
The course is inquiry-based, designed with a series of open-ended projects and design challenges. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary problem solving is encouraged.
Interestingly, the Common Core State Standards do not address the learning and teaching of creativity specifically but do include perspective taking, constructing arguments that are evidence-based, and learning to use digital tools effectively (both critical analysis and media production) which are foundational elements of this course.
Successful students will be able to . . . by/through . . .
1.0 Creative Self
1.1 apply contemporary theories of creativity to personal learning by reflectively blogging in personal blogs
1.2 demonstrate the use of critical reflection as a tool for enhancing creativity by creating a course portfolio
1.3 enhance one’s personal creative process through media production and critical reflection documented in personal blogs
1.4 contribute successfully to collaborative design challenges by collaborating with peers
2.0 Literate Self
2.1 demonstrate increasing proficiency in basic visual, audio, and video production to tell a story by creating a course portfolio
2.2 negotiate meaning across a range of platforms, tools, and media (transliteracy) by reflectively blogging in personal blogs
2.3 exhibit growing self-efficacy as a learner of digital technologies by reflectively blogging in personal blogs
2.4 model savvy and ethical digital citizen through online interaction and media production documented in personal blogs
3.0 Professional Self
3.1 serve as a model of a creative learner through a self-study media production
3.2 use digital storytelling to explore concepts of social justice, responsibility, and activism through a creative activism project
3.3 explain new understanding of the creativity and technology connection through a self-study media production