One of the things I enjoy about Twitter is that it enables people with shared interests to meet up. During 2010, I’ve met several people who are passionate about digital storytelling just because I talk about the subject on Twitter.
One of the most inspiring people I met this year was Jordanian researcher Rami Malkawi @RamiDST. He’s studying for his PhD at University of Glamorgan, Wales, under the auspices of Phil Davies – @PhilWales – who’s probably already a familiar name if you’re interested in digital storytelling in education.
When I met Rami in October at the BBC canteen in Cardiff, he talked me through his plans. He’s testing a hypothesis that hearing stories is a good way to learn and to reflect upon learning, therefore, wouldn’t it be great if there were a wizzard-based way of facilitating the creation of these educational digital stories?
Rami says: “The wizard, which is integrated with the story seven elements and encapsulate them, does not only provide technical guidance but more importantly it will direct and support the user in developing a Digital Story that meets the expectations and structure of what is considered to be appropriate.”
His target is the Further Education sector but such a tool could help other teachers equally. And because reflection can be enhanced, students themselves might make stories using the same wizard.
It’s great to hear of a PhD study which could result in something as practical as a way of making digital storytelling more universal, accessible and do-able. And this is all happening here in Wales. I wish Rami Malkawi all the best with this important piece of work.