While narratives are often developed with characters and drama to share a personal experience, I chose to create a digital narrative that is instructional. It shows ‘how to find information on the internet’ and is a learning resource for Discover: a short course in information literacy.
I used Stupeflix after first trialing Webslides. I found Stupeflix to be great, and very intuitive to use. It was a matter of opening an account, importing images, overlaying music or other audio, and publishing. However, a fee was required to publish a production of 58 images.
Creating a digital story required me to reflect on how to do an information search on the Internet, to “teach myself” the steps, and to replicate those steps in a multimedia narrative that would be meaningful to adult learners. Hence, constructing a digital narrative was a reflective learning experience. It reinforced in my mind what Sanders et al (2009) have said about the value of narrative for reflection and for making meaning.
Sanders, J., Murray, C., & McPherson, M. (2009). Chapter 9: Reflective Learning for the Net Generation. In T.T. Kidd & I. Chen (2009), Wired for Learning: An Educator’s Guide to Web 2.0. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.