What’s it actually like to study as a distance learner, to be part of an international community and to explore the use of innovative technologies in learning? You’ll find the answers in this collection of digital stories by members of the TELIC  community past and present. The stories describe the experience of undertaking the course and how it has had an impact on the students’ professional lives.

What is digital storytelling?

Recording a digital storyDigital storytelling is a combination of approaches and technologies that can be used by people with little or no previous technical experience to tell a powerful and engaging story using digital media. The method has been developed since the early 2000′s, emerging from the Californian community arts scene and then spreading worldwide.

Nowadays, you’ll find digital storytelling projects about education, healthcare, local history, community activism and many other topics. Digital storytelling can come in many different flavours, but the approach used here relies on a short 2-3 minute story, narrated by the person who wrote it, that is combined with still images, text and other media as a video.

TELIC Stories

For this project, members of the TELIC community have worked closely with Chris Thomson of Jisc Netskills to produce a range of these short videos that capture the human story of their learning experiences. The stories were written and recorded by the students themselves with support from Chris. The storytellers selected images that enhanced the story and Chris and the Netskills team edited them altogether. Jisc Netskills has been involved in digital storytelling since 2010, helping people to use it to enhance teaching and learning as well as public engagement and personal reflection.

This site was commissioned by Richard Pountney MSc TELIC course leader at Sheffield Hallam University and was designed and built by Keith Hemsley of Learning Connections.