Teaching Digital Storytelling in a Hybrid Format

Concurrent Session 1

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Usually I teach digital storytelling in a three day workshop.  My challenge was to transform the face-to-face workshop into a hybrid model, delivered over four weeks.  I'll share my course design decisions based on hybrid course design theory.


Paul has most of his life in higher education with an emphasis on online learning, academic technology and multimedia production. He has a Master's degree in Instructional Technology from Towson University. He also has a certificate in Digital Storytelling from the University of Colorado. In the past 6 years he has served Denver Public Schools as a Coordinator of Online Professional Learning, focusing on teachers and school leaders. For more information about Paul, visit his holistic website: http://pauliwancio.com or his blog http://piwancio.wordpress.com

Extended Abstract

In this presentation you’ll find out how I decided to choose between online and face-to-face activities, building the online community, maintaining instructor presence and make the LMS space visually appealing. Hybrid course design meant focusing on the core interactions: learner-teacher, learner-content and learner-learner.  Sharing my strategies may help others who are building hybrid courses.  Attendees will walk away with ideas to transform their face-to-face courses into hybrids.  Although the LMS I used, Schoology, has differences from other LMSs, the tools are common to most academic LMSs and should be easily translatable.  Finally, even though this course was given as continuing ed/professional development, it could easily be expanded into a college course.  I have taught digital storytelling as a course at UMBC, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County.