Journal of Computing in Higher Education

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 65–79 | Cite as

Digital storytelling in higher education

  • Hilary McLellan


DIGITAL STORYTELLING is a promising instructional strategy as well as an emerging field of study in higher education. Courses on digital storytelling are offered in communications and creative writing programs at a number of universities. However, the potential for digital storytelling extends far beyond the fields of communication and media studies across many fields of study, including history, American Studies, business and leadership, knowledge management, community planning, and much more. In addition, digital storytelling has been used to help students prepare for college. Digital storytelling applications include personal stories, digital story archives, memorial stories, avocational stories, educational stories, and stories in medicine and health. This paper examines the origins and practice of digital storytelling, highlighting a range of applications in higher education.


digital storytelling narrative learning digital media media studies self-representation hypertext interactive games blogs podcasts digital movies oral history creative writing Dana Atchley Joe Lambert Center for Digital Storytelling Capture Wales 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hilary McLellan
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  1. 1.McLellan Wyatt Digital

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