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Faculty Digital Story Workshop, 2006

During January, ten faculty members attended an intensive workshop in digital storytelling at UMBC, sponsored by OIT, New Media Teaching and Learning and the New Media Studio. The workshop brought to campus Joe Lambert, co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley and a leading figure in the digital storytelling movement.   He was joined by Daniel Weinshenker of CDS's Denver office in guiding the participants in the creation of their own individual digital story.

Bringing together writing, photography and audio, the digital storytelling process facilitates the telling of personal and reflective stories in the form of digital movies. Through the process of producing their own digital stories over a three-day period, workshop participants gained insight into potential application of this approach in their own teaching.

UMBC faculty attending included Jason Loviglio, Greg Williams, Judith Schneider, Edward Larkey and Anna Rubin. In addition, instructors from other area schools including Goucher, Bowie State and the University of Maryland School of Nursing attended the workshop.

Following the workshop, Lambert met with members of the campus community to discuss how digital storytelling relates to teaching in a variety of disciplines, and how new ideas of digital literacy are embodied in the technique.   Lambert told the group "The mix of photography, our voice, a piece of writing, music is extraordinarily powerful.   We all dream, and we dream in Technicolor, not in text.   So the idea that this form allows us to get a little bit closer to writing in the form of our own dreams is why the work continues to grow."

Joe Lambert's full presentation can be viewed in New Media's TLT brownbag archive.

 

The Stories

East Marries West Edward Larkey
Our Trip to Peru Anna Rubin
My Mother's 90th Year Judith Schneider
ID and Me Greg Williams
Through My Grandfather's Eyes Bill Shewbridge
untitled Amy Peterson
Inconsequential Monuments Laura Burns
A Mother's Love Carol O'Neil

 

Digital Stories from Charlestown

This summer UMBC students teamed with residents of Charlestown Retirement Community to create a series of digital stories. Drawn from the life experiences of the residents, the stories combined narration, animation, photos and music in short movies to be shared with others. Residents worked closely with student partners, acting as author and creative director of their individual story. Each student brought their own style and talents to the project, helping to create some unique examples of intergenerational storytelling.

The project was organized by the New Media Studio with funding from Retirement Living TV. You may view the videos below (requires Quicktime 7).


A Traveler at Heart Barbara Walker and An Nguyen-Gia
Mary's Waltz Jean Singleton and Jorge Rios
My Two Grandsons Mary Hein and Paul Iwancio
Barn Story Joan McMann and Cathryna Brown
The Music Box Marie Brinsfield and Samantha Duvall
Call Me Patsy Tommy Koch and Andrea Olivier

More Digital Stories from Charlestown

During the fall semester and winter break, students from the New Media Studio returned to the Charlestown Retirement Community for another round digital storytelling. Following the success of last summer's project, Retirement Living TV agreed to extend the workshop which they hope will form the basis of an ongoing program of viewer-submitted content for the network. This time cameras from RL-TV and the New Media Studio followed the students and residents as they collaborated in the creation of eleven new stories. The documentary footage and stories will be a part of an upcoming series on the project to be aired on RL-TV. You can view a short feature about the project here.

Candles for the Wake Jesse Poole and Joanna Lit
Christmas in England Mary Hein and Andrew Chang
Crystal 3 Jim Poole and Bill Shewbridge
Families are Forever Barbara Walker and Jorge Rios
Ivan and Goo Goo Barbara Kurz, Andrea Olivier and Cathryna Brown
Little Dog Miles Jerri Mullinex, Andrea Olivier and Cathryna Brown
Magic Dust Charlotte Valentine and Andrew Chang
My Father's Letter Barbara Walker and Samantha Duvall
Nun for a Day Marie Brinsfield and An Nguyen-Gia
Rude Polite Barbara Kurz and Cathryna Brown
You're Never Too Old Mary Zotain and Paul Iwancio

Summer Seminar in New Media and Culture 2007

During summer session of 2007 for the first time English Language Center offered the Seminar in New Media and Culture to level 3 (intermediate) students. The class met five days a week for 3.5 hours during the eight weeks of the summer session and was taught by Polina Vinogradova.

The goal of this class was to introduce the students to a number of cultural concepts and illustrate how these concepts can be recognized and analyzed using a variety of new media genres. For example, in class, the students talked and read about the Iceberg Theory, individualistic and collectivistic cultures, cultures that use high and low context communication styles, identity, culture sock, and aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication. At the same time, the students watched a number of motion pictures, documentary films, online advertisements, and digital stories applying the cultural concepts they have learned about in the analysis of the latter. The students also worked on a number of weekly group projects one of which was a production of photographic maps in which they illustrated how the aspects of culture can be visually present and interpreted.

The final project of the class was a production of individual digital stories on which the students worked during the eight weeks of class. In this process, the students chose the topics of their stories, wrote their narratives, collected photographic images, and chose the music to accompany their verbal narration. The students also discussed their stories in class, peer-reviewed their narratives, and made online journal entries twice a week which allowed them to reflect on their progress and express their doubts and concerns to their instructor. The students also intensively worked in the computer lab putting their stories together under their instructor's guidance. Several digital stories that were produced in this class can be viewed here.

My Family SUN HEE (SUNNY) CHOI
My Friends JONG YOON (KEVIN) HAN
Travel is my Breath BO HYUNG KOH
Vietnam: My Country, My Family THAO NGUYEN PHAM
Sweet Homesick OUMOU HELENE SAADE
JISUG (MELISA) SHIN
The Market in Vietnam LUAN MINH TRUONG
Changing Me: My Life in the US HYUN JU (JAMIE) KANG

UMBC Faculty Explore Digital Storytelling in Summer Workshop 2007

workshopThis summer, nine UMBC faculty members participated in a three-day digital storytelling workshop at UMBC. For the second time in two years, OIT and the New Media Studio brought experts from the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkely to campus, giving faculty members an opportunity to learn the basics of creating digital stories while exploring possibilities for integrating new media into their teaching.

 

workshopJoe Lambert and Stephany Sesse led the group through the writing and production process as each participant created a digital movie relating a short personal story. Faculty members included: Beverly Bickel, ELC; Steve Bradley, Visual Arts; Jason Loviglio, Media & Communication Studies; Nicole King, American Studies; Doug Hamby, Dance; Pat Scully, Education; Jody Shipka, English; Joan Shin, LLC; and Joby Taylor, Shriver Center. The workshop was conducted in the International Media Center with assistance from New Media's Bill Shewbridge. Several of the stories produced in the workshop can be viewed here:

Steve Bradley Rubbernecking
Jason Loviglio The Fire
Joby Taylor This I Believe: Mystery with a Capital "M"
Jody Shipka Gonna Make You Sweat: Composing a History of 'this' Space (Windows Media)
Nicole King Going Down South
Pat Scully Our Family is Born!
Doug Hamby My Big Sister Dianne

 

For more information visit Digital Storytelling @ UMBC.

Digital Stories from Charlestown Round 3

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The Project

The Charlestown Digital Story Project teams UMBC students with residents of Charlestown Retirement Community to create digital stories. Drawn from the life experiences of the residents, the stories combine narration, animation, photos and music in short movies to be shared with others. Residents work closely with student partners, acting as author and creative director of their individual story. Each student brings their own style and talents to the project, helping to create some unique examples of intergenerational storytelling.

Over thirty stories have been produced to date. In 2007, the project was recognized with a Bronze Telly Award.

The project is organized by the New Media Studio with funding from Retirement Living TV.

View a short feature on the project.

The Stories

Candles for the Wake Jessie Poole and Joanna Lit
Christmas in England Mary Hein and Andrew Chang
Crystal 3 Jim Poole and Bill Shewbridge
Families are Forever Barbara Walker and Jorge Rios
Ivan and Goo Goo Barbara Kurz and Andrea Olivier
Little Dog Miles Jerri Mullinex, Andrea Olivier and Cathryna Brown
Magic Dust Charlotte Valentine and Andrew Chang
My Father's Letter Tommy Koch and Samantha Duvall
Nun for a Day Marie Brinsfield and An Nguyen-Gia
Rude Polite Barbara Kurz and Cathryna Brown
You're Never Too Old Mary Zotian and Paul Iwancio
A Traveler at Heart Barbara Walker and An Nguyen-Gia
Mary's Waltz Jean Singleton and Jorge Rios
My Two Grandsons Mary Hein and Paul Iwancio
Barn Story Joan McMann and Cathryna Brown
The Music Box Marie Brinsfield and Samantha Duvall
Call Me Patsy Tommy Koch and Andrea Olivier
Arctic Memories Jim Poole and Joshua Glassman
It's All Because of Aunt Lucy Tommy Koch and Joanna Lit
The Chocolate Bunny Jeri Mullinex and Joshua Glassman
All My Life's A Circle Jean Singleton and Paul Iwancio
Felix and the Cardboard Christmas Tree Joyce Bathgate and Cathryna Brown
Halloween Past Betty Hession and Jorge Rios
The Lone Survivors Jessie Poole and Samantha Duvall
Missing in Action Jessie Poole and Cathryna Brown
The Dining Room Table Barbara Kurz and Andrew Chang
Tinsmith or Tailor? Gloria Mariani and Elana Consoli
The War Effort and I Mary Zotian and An Nguyen-Gia
The Willow Tree Regina Service and Elana Consoli
A Year to Remember Marian Tongier and Samantha Duvall
My Dotage Charlotte Valentine and Jorge Rios

Faculty "Train the Trainers" Workshop, Summer 2008

The Workshop

UMBC faculty started the summer with a five-day workshop in using digital storytelling in their classes. Ten participants in the "Train the Trainers" experience received intensive training in the creative and technical aspects of teaching digital storytelling in a variety of contexts. Ten additional participants had an opportunity to create stories during a two-day mini workshop aided by their own "personal trainer." The Center for Digital Storytelling returned for the third year to conduct the workshop. Here are the stories produced during the week.

This short video tells the story of the workshop itself.

The project is organized by the New Media Studio with additional funding from OIT.

The Stories

Typecast John Fritz
Pete's Kyle Halle-Erby
Being Jughead John Willard
Glace 1993 Donald Snyder
Butchering Day Susanne Sutton
Song Land Pat McDermott
Going Home Doug Hamby
What's Wrong With My Face? Joan Shin
The Family Gallery Joan Costello
Paseos Con El Viento Adriana Val
Journey to the Shriver Peace Worker Program Joby Taylor
That's Why We Travel Heather Linville
Why I Believe Kathy Raab
Unfinished Business Deb Arnold

Somali Bantu Refugees Speak Through Digital Stories

In October 2008, the New Media Studio worked with members of the Somali Bantu community to create digital stories as part of the American Friends Service Commitee's Project Voice. The production workshop was facilitated by the Center for Digital Storytelling with a final production session at UMBC's International Media Center.

Baltimore's Somali Bantu's tell their stories of war, forced migration and resettlement to our city. In short digital videos, using original art, narration, and music, five young Somalis share powerful testimonies in English and their native Maay Maay, which they wrote and produced with the AFSC. Hand-drawn pictures of soldiers wielding automatic weapons and bulldozers decimating the countryside combine with moving narration, such as Mohamed Iftin whose farm was confiscated by the Somali Government.

The stories were released online on Dec. 10 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

You can view the stories and learn more about Project Voice here.

Stories from Intercultural Communications MLL 495/695

MLL 495 Intercultural Video Production
MLL 695 Intercultural Filmmaking

This course introduces the history and practices of the field of intercultural communication, including its diverse theoretical and conceptual approaches; its analytical and methodological tools of evaluation and assessment; basic principles of training and professional and career development opportunities in the various areas of the discipline, particularly as it is practiced at UMBC.

Since its beginning in 2004 this course has used digital storytelling as an introductory exercise, allowing students an opportunity to create personal reflective works. Telling their own story provides valuable insights into the filmmaking process as they prepare to tell the stories of others.

The Stories

Camp Hilarity Ryan Riehl 2008
With My Eyes Closed Joey Ofori 2008
UMBC Women's Lacrosse Team Suzanne Sweeny 2008
Egolandrysm Landry Digeon 2008
Out West Eric Robillard 2008
Sunday Dinners Mallory Aaronson 2008
You Make a Wonderful Cup of Tea Wambui Kamiru 2006
Goodbye to Pops Doug Glynn 2006
Bitten by the Adventure Bug Daniel Hall 2006
My Roots Tsisana Maysuradze 2006
To My Parents (english) Polina Vinogradova 2005
To My Parents (russian) Polina Vinogradova 2005
Ode to My Family Brian Greenan 2004
Second Chance Sarah Hill 2004
     

Summer Digital Story Workshop for Faculty 2009

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On May 25, 26 and 27, UMBC's New Media Studio conducted a three-day introductory level digital story workshop for faculty. In addition to producing a digital story of their own, those attending the workshop gained insight into digital storytelling as a pedagogical and research tool.

The workshop was facilitated by a team of faculty, staff and graduate assistants who have over the last few years have worked extensively with digital stories in a number of ways. These included Bev Bickel, Jason Loviglio, Steve Bradley, Paul Iwancio, Bill Shewbridge, Polina Vinogradova and Satarupa Joardar.

One of the highlights of the workshop was a session on audio conducted by Steve Bradley of Visual Arts. Steve covered recording techniques and sound effects with a hands-on demonstration of creative techniques for building soundtracks.

The Stories

 
The Last Dog Bob Sloane
My Dearest Alexandra Taryn Bayles
The Best Laid Plans Susan Mundy
Lost and Found  Shuhua Bloom
See-It-There Olga Kritskaya
Trashy Art Sandra Abbott
My Movie Theater Nicoleta Bazgan
13,500  Feet Bob Reeves
Hair Matters Kimberly Moffitt
Everyone Should Be So Lucky Jim Milani
Everything I Need to Know in Life I Learned from the Obama Inauguration Christine Mallinson
Those Shoes Constantine Vaporis
Diss-Eeese Barry Casey

Globalized Communication, Fall 2008

Students in this graduate seminar explored the intersections of communication and culture within a framework of global digital exchanges and new media. We investigated the unique challenges and opportunities in the public sphere of the internet for global and intercultural communication, collaborative knowledge production, political and personal stories and narratives, and participatory media. Two students made place-based digital stories that are described and linked here.


Negotiating the Ameristani Kitchen by Autumn Reed
This story takes place in my and Amar's kitchen in Millersville, a suburb south of Baltimore in Maryland, USA. In appearance the kitchen is typical of what one would expect to find in the United States, but the food cooked within is anything but typical. Food is not the only thing made in this space, but also cross-cultural and cross-gender connections. The multiethnic foods prepared in this space serve as a mediator both linking and mixing the East with the West and the male with the female. This kitchen is a borderland; a place where barriers are broken down and stereotypes transcended and not only those of an American female but also those of a Pakistani male, for culture flows in both directions. Therefore, at one level, this story is about two individuals working out their differences in the kitchen, but at another level, it serves as an example of the potential that we have, as cultural beings, to learn from one another.


The Secret by Lori Edmonds
I had been wanting to make a video about raising "my" children for some time. Partly, I wanted to do this because I wanted to document that very rewarding and crazy time of my life and partly I wanted to do it because I had a very unique family and I thought others would find the story interesting. I was nearly finished writing it when a horrible event occurred with one of my children that I had not expected. I decided not to tell my original story after all but with encouragement returned to my original plan because it would also help me to emotionally deal with it. The result is one story that, in some ways, tells many stories. Yet, it is a simple story of life with its twists, turns, predicaments, and secrets.
Thank you for being part of my audience. This story was made for you. If you are one of my children, I hope this reminds you of the experiences we have had together and the power of our relationship because of the experiences we have shared. If you are watching this as a native of the Westside, I hope you enjoy seeing your city through my eyes. If you have not lived in this city (or another like it) I hope you are intrigued by the power of this place. When I speak of power, I'm referring to the unlikely way that the previous history of this space spilled over into our lives. I am also talking about the ability this space had to knit together the lives of four people and their four different stories. I hope that you are moved as your unique experiences interact with this story. In that way, the power of that place will continue to live.



Digital Stories from SPAN 305 Fall 08: Spanish for Heritage Spanish Speakers II

The MLL Department worked for the first time using Digital Stories with Spanish 305 for Heritage Spanish Speakers during fall 2008. This course is an advanced Spanish course for Latino students at UMBC (3-credit course) taught by Dr. Ana María Schwartz and Adriana Val as Tech Assistant.

The goal of this class is to connect the students with their Spanish heritage language and culture, as well as to prepare them to be competent bilinguals who can use Spanish for academic and professional purposes. Students participated in face-to-face as well as online projects to improve their oral, writing as well as technical uses of the Spanish language.

One of the projects designed by Dr. Schwartz was the use of Digital Stories. Students worked during the semester choosing their own topics, writing narratives, collecting photographs, and finding appropriate music to accompany their verbal narration. All students participated in peer-review in class, reflected with instructors and classmates about their narratives, and worked in the computer lab under the assistance of Ms. Val, personnel from the IMC such as Ms. Joan Costello, and video experts from the New Media Studio at UMBC. The product of this powerful work is the collection of the first digital stories from the first Heritage Spanish speakers who work intensively to share their personal stories.

Elver Alarcón: Todo sobre mi familia
Cristina Dalton: ¿Qué soy yo?
Ana Torres: Hacia los Estados Unidos
Claudia Zuniga: Mi mamá, mi héroe

AMST 325: Studies in Popular Culture Spring, 2009

Nicole King, Assistant Professor of American Studies, used a digital story project as a culminating assignment in "Studies in Popular Culture." Students posted their films on YouTube and submitted their projects as a link. Here is the collection:

Daniele W's digital story
James' digital story
Ben's digital story
Matt's digital story
Chris' digital story
Roger's digital story
Danur's digital story
Maria's digital story
Emily's digital story
Winona's digital story
Catherina's digital story
Daniele S's digital story
Jeff's digital story
Melanie's digital story
Faith's digital story
Rob's digital story
Maureen's digital story
Joel's digital story
Jason's digital story
Tim's digital story
Nick's digital story
Mark's digital story
Nam's digital story
Ashley's digital story
Bianca's digital story
Katie H's digital story
Heather's digital story
Eytan's digital story
Steve's digital story
James' digital story II
Shane's digital story
Katie S's digital story

Digital Stories from German 303: ‘German Immigration into the US’

In the Fall of 2009, Susanne Sutton, lecturer of German with the Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication Department (MLLI) taught an Advanced German 303 topics course, "German Immigration into the US".
As semester project, students worked on their own digital stories (in German) in which they recounted an experience they had had while having worked, studied, or vacationed abroad. Students then teamed up with first-generation German immigrant women from the larger Baltimore area.  Students and immigrants collaborated to produce the immigrants' personal digital stories during a two day workshop. At the end of the semester, after the students had finished the immigrants' stories, everyone came back for a 'story festival' to view the finished products.

 

Immigrant and Student Projects:

Regina Brady und Nick Pinkin Das schoenste Geschenk
Edeltraud Wolff und Lisa Runion     Es war einmal…
Rita Feher und Robert Mauler Lehrling in der Schneewolke
Brigitte May und Tereza Kaplanova    Ein neues Leben in Amerika
Sylvia McDowell und John Hager Am Wasser
Thea Lindauer  und Ana Ruta    Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht
Haidi Zech und Samantha Musgrave  Haidi's Story

Student Projects:

Nick Pinkin Tereza Kaplanova
Robert Mauler Kalena Alam
John Hager Samantha Musgrave
   

Digital Stories from MLL 605 The Field of Intercultural Communication

In this core course for the MA program for Intercultural Communication in the Fall 2009 semester, the students worked with undergraduate students in Visual Arts 395 to develop stories about an intercultural incident or encounter that was a crucial factor in motivating them to study intercultural communication. Accompanying a final paper, in which this incident was the framework for an analysis of intercultural competency, sensitivity, and awareness, the stories tell of very personal encounters of US students either in the US or abroad, or international students in the US. They relate some of the painful and embarrassing, but also enjoyable and stimulating difficulties they have had adjusting and adapting to cultures that were other than their own.

  MLL 605 ART 395
Language, Culture & Life Sherri McCusker Justin Kennedy
The Human Redbox Peter Gallagher Nadia Muha
Red Style Nathan Ferrell Sarah Khaki
"Contrast" Marta Ortiz de Rozas  
The Beauty of Life Maha Aldhahi Mike Parks
My UNNC Memory Lei Lou Seung Hwan Lee
Intercultural Competance: Am I There Yet? LaRita Hagar Michelle Salazar
Never Assume: Lessons from a Gringa Kate Meyer Shane Logue
Culture Shock Trip David Morales Daniel Supanick
Why Doesn't That Cathedral Interest Me? Duncan Cohen Corey Fitzpatrick
The Clock in Ticking Sean Carmody Zach Seidel
I Want to Get Out of Hair Andrea Vespoint Josh Cochran
My Story Ai Wang Drew Harcharik
moving Meri Collazos Sola Caroline Gergely

Digital Story Projects from ELCA 504 Cross-cultural Communication

During the Fall 2009 semester, students in ELC-A 504/054 (taught by Polina Vinogradova) produced digital ethnographies using main principles and techniques of digital storytelling. The students worked in groups and explored cultural communities of their choice. Focusing on either a particular aspect of culture or a theme within a cultural community the students developed and conducted interviews, analyzed the information they collected, and produced digital stories based on the interview answers and their understanding of the subject. The goal of this project was not only to introduce the students to a multimodal form of self-expression, but also for the students to explore different perceptions of culture outside of class and experience cross-cultural communication while working on digital stories with their classmates.

Inside a Heart

Our Celebrations

Rainbow Flavor

In ELC-B 504/054 (taught by Tsisana Palmer), the students produced individual digital stories about important aspects and events in their lives while exploring different meanings of culture and cross-cultural communication.

Ramadon

Mysterious City

Arabic

Greatest Man

I Love You

Stories from the 5th Annual UMBC Digital Storytelling Workshop

During January break the New Media Studio held its fifth annual digital storytelling workshop for UMBC faculty. Participants learned the technology and methodology of digital moviemaking, creating their own personal narratives while exploring applications in teaching and learning. Ten UMBC faculty members were joined by Archana Bhandari, Director of Instructional Technology at UMB School of Social Work for the three-day course. Workshop alumn Jason Loviglio, Director of the Media and Communication Studies program assisted in facilitating the writing component of the workshop. Other facilitators included Paul Iwancio, Bill Shewbridge and studio research assistants Satarupa Joardar, Chris Ferrera and Steve Yeager.

Enjoy stories from the group:

Manil Suri The Letter
Jill Wardell Birthing Courage
Gergana Kostova My Knowledge Journey
Shawn Bediako The Mother Land
Ana Oskoz Unlike Any Other Place
Inez Quiroga Sundays in Mendoza
Karin Readel Away to Me
Terri Werner Learning & Adventure
Yasuko Walcott Lessons Learned
Mitze Mabe Ida
Archana Bhandari The MidSized Puppy

View more photos from the workshop.

 

Final Projects from MCS 101L Multimedia Literacy Lab

MCS101L, Multimedia Literacy Lab, is a one-credit course offered for the
first time at UMBC in the Spring of 2010. Students were given 6 story
prompts to choose from for their final digital story projects.

Kwame Agyeman 

Ally Bucca 

Waquesha Canty  

Sophie Cazarez 

Liz Chong  

Juliana Colon 

Richard Conlan 

Josie Ingate       

Robyn Jackson

Cassy Lark 

Paul Lee   

Jennifer Ligsay 

Kaitlyn Mcnaney 

Candice Myers 

Redona Omeri  

Jason Powell  

Camal Pugh 

Genelle Quarles

Evan Roseberry 

Brittany Rollins

Maria Satyshur 

Bridget Scanlon 

Amanda Winters       

Urooj Zulfiqar 


 

Digital Stories from HONORS 300-4/HIST355-2 "Constructing the Samurai"

In "Constructing the Samurai" students used digital story techniques to explore aspects of samurai culture through visual assignments. The honors class was taught by Professor Constantine Vaporis during the Fall 2009 and 2010 semesters. Here are the results:

Fall, 2010
Oishi and the Loyal Retainers (Tina Zou)
The Adventures of Samurai Asakura Yoshimoto (Sara Ross, Cynthia Dang)
Samurai Final Open Shot (Sean Palmateer, Julian Brezon)
"Armor of the Samurai" (Brandon Callahan and Adam Robinson)
Martial Arts During the Tokugawa Era (David Eastman, Glen Langan)
"Forging the Samurai" (Steven Cornthwaite, Max Petulante)
"Zen Buddhism and the Samurai" (Caitlin Smith)
"Seppuku: Death Before Dishonor" (Nathaniel Castill Jr.)
"Seppuku in 20th Century Japan" (Sarah Stark)
"Tokugawa's Melting Pot" (Dwumah Frimpong)

Fall 2009
Women's Role in Samurai Films - Samantha Larsen

Samurai Honor - Rebecca Walter
Recipe for a Samurai - Becca Reeves
Seppuku
Marriage and Gender Among Samurai in Tokugawa Japan - James Chrismer, Momoka Watanabe, Kazutomo Terada
Chushingura in Transition - Matthew Murphy
The Social Relationships of the Samurai - Sammantha Chin and Lara English

HIST 355 Final Project - Daniel Graham
Armor of the Samurai - Rachel and Angela
Bushido: The Way of the Warrior - David Baldwin
Progression of the Samurai
Fallen Cherry Blossoms- Kamikaze Pilots - Harsh Bambawale
Samurai in Games

 

ELC 054 Cross-Cultural Communication 2009

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The Project

The English Language Center works with digital stories within the course “Cross-Cultural Communication and University Life” (ELC 054), an advanced English as a Second Language course. The 3-credit course is taught by Heather Linville and Tsisana Maysuradze in the spring and by Polina Vinogradova in the summer and fall.

The goal of this class is to help students recognize and analyze a number of cultural concepts as they are seen in a variety of new media genres. For example, in class, the students talk and read about the Iceberg Theory, individualistic and collectivistic cultures, cultures that use high and low context communication styles, identity, culture shock, and aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication.  At the same time, the students watch motion pictures, documentary films, online advertisements, and digital stories applying the cultural concepts they had learned about. The students also participate in discussions, both face-to-face and on-line, in which they apply what they have learned to an analysis of their own culture and the culture they have experienced in U.S. campus life.

The final project of the class is a production of individual digital stories.  The process of working on the stories throughout the semester includes choosing the topics, writing the narratives, collecting photographic images, and choosing the music to accompany their verbal narration. The students also discuss their stories in class, peer-review their narratives, and complete online journal entries which allow them to reflect on their progress and express their doubts and concerns to their instructor. The students also intensively work in the computer lab putting their stories together under their instructors’ guidance. Several digital stories that were produced in these classes can be viewed here.     

The Stories

 

Fall 2010

Voices of Silence
Study Abroad
Delicious Culture
Aid Feter

 

Spring 2009

Tsisana Maysuradze's class (054_8011:
Giovanna Melillo
Shinaporn Leksrisakul
Ibrahim Toure
Chakaphan Pornsatit
Thuy Van Thi Nguyen
Jin Kyoung Kim
Ga Eun Lee
Suk Min Yoon
Ibon Ruiz Escribano
Ga Eul Lee
Chanmi Song
Hang  thi Nguyet Nguyen
Chih-hua Lee
Dilma Monteiro
Tuyen Duc Pho

Heather Linville's class (054_8010):
Ovgu Guner
Hella Almansour
Ae Kyung Kim
Huong Vu Mai Huynh
Hawoong Shin
Maha Aldhahi
Byungchang Kim

 

Fall 2008

Ahmad Alkaabi
Bibo Zhang
Duong Bach Nguyen
Eunji Lee
Eunjoo Jung
Fadi Maiga
Goun Rhee
Kevin Wespi
Mengyue He
Na Young Kim
Saphassorn “June” Santijitrungruang

Summer 2008

Spring 2008

 

Projects from MCS101L Multimedia Literacy Lab - Fall, 2010

MCS101L, Multimedia Literacy Lab, is a one-credit course offered in two sections. The class is taken in conjunction with MCS333 . Students were given 6 story prompts to choose from for their final digital story projects.

Sade Brown: Photography

Alexander Smith: The Ravens / Steelers rivalry

Allan Carey: Night Photography

Max Tucker: Trip to Utah

Victoria Milewski: Race

Donald Hankerson: UMBC Cribs Mockumentary

Brendan Lipton: Bee Keeping

Julianne Baskerville: Her family from the point of view of their couch

Justin Eisenstadt: His love for vintage vinyl records

Alyson Becker: Serendipity

Nakita Smith: Orchids

Marlie Somers: Her ultimate frisbee team

Abel Mengistu: Ethiopian New Year

Stories from 2011 Faculty Workshop

On January 19,20 and 21, the New Media Studio held their sixth annual digital storytelling worshop for faculty.

Here are the stories produced over the three days:

Barbara Bourne The Gift
Sue Small In Honor of the Geranium
Sine Hwang Jensen Curio of Treasures
Jill Randles The Secret

MLL 495/695 create Charlestown and Arbutus Stories

Charlestown Stories 2011 photoset

During the spring 2011 semester, students in MLL 495/695 Intercultural Video productions completed two community-base digital story projects. The first brought the class to the Arbutus branch of the Baltimore County Public Library to help tell the stories of the librarians and others in the community. This was the second year for the project.

Next the class went to the Charlestown retirement community for aa new round of Charlestown stories. This was a continuation of an award-winning project that began in 2006.

The semester culminated in a showing of all stories hosted by the Arbutus Library.

Charlestown Stories  
My Life as a Boy Scout Barbara Walker and Thomas Conner
Caterpillar Corral Marie Brinsfield and Abigail Farrara
The Old Farm House Jeri Mullinix and Josh Cochran
In My Heart I Will Always be a Dancer Ebbe Saleski and Madeline Smith
An Unexpected Slap Lloyd Stewart and Keith Blomberg
Girls of the Limberlost Miriam Tongier and Brandon Callahan
The Little Girl Who Grew Up at Charlestown Charlotte Valentine and Amanda Winters

 

Arbutus Library Stories

 
Getting from Here to There Gloria Ries, Tom Conner & James Peak
Arbutus Library Gail Ross, Abby Fanara and Lei Lou
The Fair of the Iron Horse John Roth, Josh Cochran & Keith Blomberg
Library Rat Aldemore Turgeon,Cara Marie & Muhammed Ashraf
Arbutus Library James Klein, Brandon Callahan & Christine Sadowski
Arbutus Branch Library: Then and Now Jennie Gill, Madeline Smith & Amanda Winters

Arbutus Library Project photoset

 

Exploring Youth Activism through Digital Storytelling: Seminar in American Political History

This spring students examined the history of American Youth Activism from 1945-1975 while producing digital stories and documentaries. Young Americans were important participants in the social, economic, and political changes that took place across society during the most intense years of the Cold War. The class emphasized skills in writing, oral history, and traditional research as well as digital storytelling computer technologies. Student first produced digital stories exploring the roots of their own political awareness. HIST 495 - 710 was held in the spring of 2011. The course was taught by Dr. Kriste Lindenmeyer, Chair of the UMBC History Department and Dr. Bill Shewbridge, Director of the New Media Studio.

You can view the projects here.

Stories from MCS 101L Multimedia Lab, Spring 2011

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MCS101L, Multimedia Literacy Lab, is a one-credit course offered in two sections. The class is taken in conjunction with MCS333. Students were given 6 story prompts to choose from for their final digital story projects.

Final Projects

Wednesday Group

Thursday Group

Drew Barretto
Monica Berron
Christina Borteye
Bingbing Cao
Andrew Colon
Miguel Ferreira
Alexandra Grieves

Amara Hall
Nia Hampton
Sabrina Hoeks
Courtney Howard
Tim Kelly
Samantha Larsen
Alana Matthews  
Joseph McElroy
Arabia Morgan
Sara Parkinson
Varsha Prabhu
Steven Recalde
Arya Tayebi
Ruth Umoh

Syed Ahmed
Justin Ambrose
Eleanor Brower
Shanae Cole
Edward Courtney
Kregg Deery
Christy Fury
Shahmir Ghani
Chad Grant
Zoe Kilbourne
Bryan Le
Travis Morse
Neto Opara
Lajuan Pulliam
Martha Rusk

Stephanie Sell
Christine So

Koryn Warthen
Husnain Zia

First Project

Wednesday Group

Thursday Group

Drew Barretto
Christina Borteye
Bingbing Cao
Andrew Colon
Miguel Ferreira
Amara Hall
Nia Hampton
Sabrina Hoeks
Courtney Howard
Tim Kelly
Samantha Larsen
Alana Matthews  
Syed Ahmed
Justin Ambrose

Eleanor Brower
Shanae Cole
Edward Courtney
Kregg Deery
Christy Fury
Shahmir Ghani
Chad Grant
Zoe Kilbourne
Bryan Le
Travis Morse
Neto Opara
Lajuan Pulliam

 

Stories from French 440 - French Cinema

Prof. Nicoleta Bazagan has posted stories from her Spring 2011 French Cinema class here: http://www.youtube.com/user/nbazg . The stories are primarily in French however some students also produced english versions for extra-credit.

Digital Storytelling Winter Workshop 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.

 

UMBC Patsy Kerstetter
Hidden Treasures Gergana Kostova
Mexico Meghan Park
Emma Denise Perdue
The Unforgettable Year Keegan Skipper
Through Natalie's Eyes Joyce Bedi
Knowing Shakespeare Robin Farabaugh

 


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Stories from the 2013 Faculty Digital Story Workshop

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

Stories from Spanish 101 - Winter 2013

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.

You can view the stories from the class here.

Public History Stories from HIST 711

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

You can view the stories here.

Stories from Linehan Art Scholars

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.

 

Spring, 20113  
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
Nikki Simke Jared Higgins
Alexandra Reeves  
   
Spring, 2012  
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
Paul Tschirgi  
   
Spring, 2011  
Mary Hester Hilary de Vas
Eric Kuhn Marissa Regelin
Zoe Gensheimer Francesca Cerquetti
Katherine Morris Leon June
Jordan Forbes Kathryn Bishop
  Diane Schramke
Spring, 2010  
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
Amanda Brandenburg  

 

Mill Stories: Sparrows Point Steelworkers and Community Speak

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.

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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

Read about the project in the Baltimore Sun and the Dundalk Eagle.

Stories from the Shriver Center's Brazil Leadership Camp

From July 2-11, 2013, 12 young people from Brazil attended a leadership camp through The Shriver Center at UMBC. The students are all participants in the English Access Microscholarship Program, which provides English-Language skills to talented young people from economically disadvantaged areas. During their time at UMBC, the students participated in service-learning projects, spent a weekend with American families, toured Baltimore and DC, and created digital stories.

Carlos Vitor
Vinicius Victoria
Cintia Luma
Lucas Leticia
Jessica Jean
Gabriel

 

Digital Stories from the Shriver Center's Peaceworker Program

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Students in the Shriver Center's Peaceworker Program's Summer Pro Seminar created these stories reflecting on their service and experiences abroad.

 

2013

Brooks Binau
I Knew I Was in the Peace Corp When...
Greg Couturier
I Knew I Was in the Peace Corp When...
Jennifer Mayo
RPCV Honduras 2007-2009
Kellie Bland
Water Disaster
Mark Zachar
My First Day at School
Merrie Winfrey
One of Us
Molly LeMoine
I Knew I Was in the Peace Corp When...
   
 

2012

Shantonu Kundu
Especial
Ross Dionne
Life's Little Blessings
Laura Bruner
Growing Upside Down
Jared Kebbell
Blood on the Coral
Emily Sherman
Rain on my Peace Corp Parade
Alyse Altenburg
The Sweet Life
   
 

2011

Whitney Swander
The Turning of the BONES
Tara Gill
TEFL
Michael Wissner
I Knew I was in Peace Corp When...
Margaret Howell
IHTEP
Kayla Keelan
Tico Directions
Joey Brown
Tsunami
Charlotte Keniston
Spit on a Stranger
   
 

2010

Joby Taylor
Journey to the Shriver Peaceworker Program
Emily Nelson
Mbabba
Oscar Sinclair
Snowdoctor
Tim Hartman
The Arrival
Kristyn Oldendorf
A Family Fiesta in Honduras
Renee Johnson
Integration Check Point
Michael Auerbach
Peace Corps in Mauritania
   
 

2009

Joby Taylor
Digging for Peace
Lindsay Walberg
What's in a Name?
Dustin Hogenson
Dusty's Digital Storyline
Meghann Shutt
Catching a Cow
Jennifer Robinson
Black Water
Robert Dietzen
Moving Day
Katie Long
Honduras
Sarah Hill
Second Chance
Joby Taylor
Mystery With a Capital "M"

MCS 355 Students Explore Net Neutrality Using iPad Storytelling

Students in Donald Snyder's MCS 355: Social Media: Networking and Mobility class produced these iPad stories exploring Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality
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