May 31, 2013
Mill Stories is a collaborative project bringing together UMBC students to help preserve stories from the Sparrows Point community. As the project develops, we hope that this website will present a form of database documentary, in which users can access interviews, videos photos and other cultural materials gathered from the community.
Two classes participated during the Spring 2013 semester. Students in AMST 358 Cultural Documentation in Partnership with Communities were introduced to the ideas, techniques and ethical considerations that underpin qualitative research, particularly from a community-based, out-in-the-field perspective. The course focuses on cultural research and documentation within the communities that have been shaped for over a century by the Sparrows Point Steel Mill. Students have also been introduced to broader notions of community cohesion, senses of place and belonging, as well as the realities of post-industrial economic and social transition.
Students in MLL 495/695 Intercultural Video Production focused on creating short digital stories based on community interviews. The class takes a collaborative approach, allowing participants to tell their stories in their own words.
Visit the Project Website: millstories.org
March 29, 2013
With the goal of building a greater sense of community in the Linehan Artist Scholars Program, students in the Linehan Freshman Seminar class participated in a Digital Story Workshop over a four week period. Their stories reflect the broad concerns of young talented artists as they begin their university careers in the arts. The stories speak of family, creative passions, and the search for identity in a complicated and fractured world.
|Thomas Haden||Raymond Robinson|
|Fan Zhang||Ryan Bailey|
|Sam Winnie||Emily Hinz|
|Ally Kocerhan||Ian Russey|
|Carmella Pombuena||Marina Nicholas|
|Savannah Myers||Ross Vincent|
|Rachel Lum||Stephanie Castner|
|Erin Patterson||Grace Davenport|
|Hannah Korangkool||Patrick Jenkins|
|Conrad Sullivan||Brian Simon|
|Melissa Crowhurst||Molissa Udevitz|
|Courtney Tyler||Emily Ferguson|
|Rachel Knoblauch||Don Greger|
|Jennifer Williamson||Diana Chou|
|Erika Koscho||Elizabeth Kim|
|Rebecca Watson||Symone Williams|
|Jeff Miller||Zsade Fleming|
|Cecilia Grady||Nancy Rackett|
|Maggie Dier||Martha Robichaud|
|Mary Hester||Hilary de Vas|
|Eric Kuhn||Marissa Regelin|
|Zoe Gensheimer||Francesca Cerquetti|
|Katherine Morris||Leon June|
|Jordan Forbes||Kathryn Bishop|
|Hua Shu||Eva Marie Thorp|
|Sarah Nicely||Kimberly Haines|
|Connie Chang||James Horner|
|Lorenzo Lalimarmo||Stephen O'Connor|
|Samantha Warren||Christopher Dews|
|Sarah Yendrey||Kate Broadhurst|
|Wyatt Juster||Josh Holober-Ward|
|Danielle Baer||Elizabeth Milligan|
January 29, 2013
Students in Denise Meringolo's Fall, 2012 class used digital story techniques to create a series highlighting the West Baltimore community. The project was part of an ongoing collaboration with Baltimore Heritage
Students in SPAN 101, an elementary Spanish language class used digital storytelling to improve their language skills. The assignment was composed of two parts.
1. In a wiki, students (individually) write a letter to Juana, a student who has a fantastic apartment in which they want to live. In this letter, students explain to Juana (in Spanish) who they are, what they like to do and their daily routine.
2. For the digital story, students team up in groups of three to create a digital story. For the digital story, the students (a) use the content that they developed individually in the wiki, (b) combine their content with their teammates' content to make a coherent story.
January 28, 2013
Here are two updates from the Center for Digital Storytelling of interest to the UMBC community. First, there is an upcoming Webinar series, Seven Stages: Story and the Human Experience. Details are available here.
Also, the fourth edition of Joe Lambert's Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community is now available . You will find our work at UMBC highlighted in a new chapter on digital storytelling in higher education.
How do the stories of your life illuminate your journey and spark your creative voice?
As part of StoryLab's continued effort to develop innovative approaches to story development and story sharing, the Center for Digital Storytelling is offering a Webinar Series, giving you the opportunity to take part in powerful storywork right where you are through a series of online lecture and working sessions in creativity and creative writing. The series is led by CDS's Founder, Joe Lambert, as part of the development of his upcoming book to be released in the fall.
The series is aimed at professionals working with storytelling in media arts, arts education, and community arts, as well as expressive arts and other therapeutic approaches to art-making. But anyone can gain from the experience.
The series will begin in mid-March with eight bi-weekly sessions (monthly in the summer). To learn more about the new series, visit the Seven Stages Webinar Series page on the CDS website.
January 18, 2013
Once again, in January, 2013, the New Media Studio offered its annual digital storytelling workshop for faculty. As in past years, the workshop gave participants an opportunity to explore digital media production while creating a personal narrative, integrating voice-over with images and sound.
Here are some examples of the stories produced.
|Icebox Cookies||Jane Short|
|Vessels of Meaning||Denise Meringolo|
|Getting Lost||Kate Drabinski|
|Ode to Tracy||Sandra Abbott|
|How it All Winds Up||Lynn Tomlinson|
|Scientific Social Network||Shu Qian|
August 26, 2012
UMBC's digital story work is highlighted in a new publication from EDUCAUSE. Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies contains case studies highlighting creative solutions to higher education challenges in difficult times. The chapter Stories in Our Classrooms: A Faculty Community of Practice as an Agent of Change by Beverly Bickel, William Shewbridge, and Jack Suess, describes the development of story work at UMBC and its importance in promoting digital literacies on campus.
Editied by Diana Oblinger, the book and individual chapters are avaiable for free download.
April 28, 2012
The New Media Studio's digital story work and the MCS 101 Multimedia Literacy Lab were featured in the April edition of "Urbanite" magazine. You can read "The Wired Campus" article online here.
February 9, 2012
In January, 2012, the New Media Studio offered its sixth annual digital storytelling workshop. As in past years, the workshop gave faculty members an opportunity to explore digital media production while creating a personal narrative, integrating voice-over with images and sound. This year for the first time the workshop was offered as a one-credit course as part of UMBC's winter session. As a result graduate and undergraduate students joined the group, giving the workshop a new dimension.
Here are some examples of the stories produced.
|Hidden Treasures||Gergana Kostova|
|The Unforgettable Year||Keegan Skipper|
|Through Natalie's Eyes||Joyce Bedi|
|Knowing Shakespeare||Robin Farabaugh|