Digital Storytelling in education

Since 2004, the GREAV has become interested in the study and use for educational innovation of personal digital stories, understanding them as a form of knowledge and organization of human experience.

These narrations are characterized, although not exclusively, by being non-interactive amateur productions, by using structures and functions similar to classical narrative, and by resorting to the representation and coding systems present in Information and Communication Technologies, as they are multimodality and multimediality, to share authentic life stories, based on the experiences of the authors, or personal reflections on matters of the life or near environment, sharing in both cases their significance and maintaining a common core of revelation and personal identity.

These stories, then, have been the object, on the part of the GREAV, of several researches, doctoral theses, publications and transfer actions (two workshops, a portal and the consolidation of an International Research Network in which entities of: Spain, Italy, Colombia, Chile, among other countries.

Current research Project

Digital storytelling in the new Learning Ecologies

 In this research, formal education is transcended to include also social education, to understand, in the light of a general framework on autobiography, the new digital practices associated with personal digital stories, as well as the differences in perceptions about the importance of the stories produced, to assess the value that these practices may have in the learning processes, according to the type of educational context (formal or non-curricular).

Similarly, it is expected to develop a set of materials for the training and self-training of users, teachers and mediators and social educators who wish to work with personal stories: a downloadable kit, with step-by-step instructions, references and examples; an independent course, MOOC type, that can be carried out independently and that will include examples, theoretical contents and self-evaluation exercises, and the improvement of an online platform proTutora, of free access, and in which they can be registered and labeled different stories.

The project is expected to have a high impact on the community of users of personal stories in educational contexts and, eventually, of other modalities of this new narrative and learning ecology, both in Spain and in other Latin American countries.

Reference: EDU2016-76726-P
Financial entity: Dirección General de Investigación Científica y Técnica, Subdirección General de Proyectos de Investigación, del Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad del Gobierno de España. European Union-Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional. Convocatorias 2016 Proyectos EXCELENCIA y Proyectos RETOS.
Tutor: José Luis Rodríguez Illera
Participants: Anna Martínez, Cristina Galván Fernández, Elena Barberà, Francesç Martínez Olmo, Gloria Londoño Monroy (Colombia), Jordi Quintana Albalat, María José Rubio Hurtado, Miguel Herreros Navarro, Marc Fuertes y Núria Molas Castells.
Collaborators: María Victoria Martín (Argentina), Mónica Kaechele Obreque (Xile).

Finished projects

Analysis and improvement of Digital Storytelling, in a secondary education (ESO) context, as a innovative pedagogic methodology for digital alphabetization (Edulab project)