Students in Laura Giovanelli’s WRI 111 courses are applying the structures and process of writing to digital storytelling projects. Students complete traditional text-based composition assignments throughout the semester, which they subsequently transform into video compositions that are collected online in a portfolio of student multimedia writing. Chelcie Rowell worked with Giovanelli to scope the project and design the online collection platform. Molly Keener worked with Giovanelli and her students to address rights issues in creating and distributing the projects. The pedagogical aim of the project is to raise the rhetorical stakes for students in Laura’s courses by making their writing more public beyond just writing for the course or for their professor. Another aim is to encourage students to think more intentionally about the audience and purpose of their writing.
What will you build?
A digital map? A web exhibit? A course blog anthologized at the end of the semester? A collaboratively annotated critical edition of primary sources? Paintings or art prints digitized to support deep zoom? Or something else?