Digital Storytelling Center
History of the Center
In 2004, English Instructors Joyce Steelman and Kay Gregory co-founded The Digital Storytelling Center to support a project that would build communication skills, technology skills, and critical thinking skills in the English classroom. Since that time, they have successfully led hundreds of students through the digital storytelling process. The digital storytelling project became one of the Quality Enhancement Projects for SACS accreditation.
Steelman and Gregory have made presentations at several state, regional, national, and international conferences. In addition, they have conducted training workshops for other educators, including one for CVCC faculty and staff in spring of 2006. Over the years Steelman and Gregory have used digital storytelling in several courses in the English curriculum including English 090, English 111, English 113, English 114, and English 231.
Digital storytelling has emerged as a powerful teaching and learning strategy at Catawba Valley Community College. Other CVCC instructors also utilize digital storytelling in their classrooms. English instructor Robert Canipe requires his English 111 students build digital essays as part of their research projects. Spanish instructors Donna Ross and Tim Lee requires their Spanish 211 students to build digital stories as they build fluency in the language. Nursing instructor Brenda Stepp created a digital story to chronicle the international service project where nursing students took medical supplies and their medical expertise to Mwandi, Zambia, Africa.