In this course, you’ll analyze examples of digital storytelling; become familiar with processes, strategies, and tools for effective digital storytelling; and research, propose, produce, and publish your own digital stories using various tools and platforms.

Projects in the course draw on an understanding of narrative structure, creative practice, primary and secondary research, and the use of multimedia tools to produce a compelling narrative experience. The course assignments begin with low-stakes exercises designed to familiarize you with composing in different modes. The first major project is a story that brings together text, image, audio, and video using either Medium or Atavist as a platform. The second major project asks you to identify an emerging genre of digital storytelling and create your own story in that genre.

On successfully completing the course, you should be able to

  • proficiently use digital authoring strategies, tools, and platforms
  • integrate multiple modes (e.g., text, image, sound, video) in a narrative structure
  • make sound and informed technical, rhetorical, and design choices
  • assess the affordances, strengths, and weaknesses of various tools and platforms in digital composing
  • formulate and follow an effective plan for moving from conceptualization, planning and visualization to development and execution of digital projects
  • become a more skillful writer through an engagement with new technologies for storytelling

The syllabus, schedule, assignments, readings, and resources for the course can be found on the Web at http://sorapure.net/digitalstorytelling. This website will be updated regularly.


The assignments for the course constitute your final grade, roughly as follows:

  • Class participation: 10%
  • Exercises: 10%
  • Multimedia Story: 50%
  • Emerging Genre Project: 30%

Course Policies

  • Because much of the work of the course will be done during class time, your attendance is very important. Please let me know if you have to miss a class. Also please arrive at class on time.
  • Remember that even if you are absent you are responsible for any work that is done during class and for any assignments that are given or are due during class. Send me an email or come by my office during my office hours to find out what you missed.
  • I expect you to participate actively in the course by contributing to discussions in class meetings, sharing your insights in feedback on the work of your classmates, and completing all exercises and assignments on time.
  • If you plagiarize on any of the assignments you will fail the class and will be subject to disciplinary action by the University. Please familiarize yourself with UCSB’s Academic Integrity Policy at https://judicialaffairs.sa.ucsb.edu/AcademicIntegrity.aspx

CCS Course information

College of Creative Studies courses are taken for a combination of Pass/No Pass and Variable Unit Credit. This means that students choose the number of units of work they wish to do over the course of the quarter. At the end of the quarter, the instructor assesses the student’s work based on both quantity and quality—consistent with the goals of the college, student work is expected to be of the highest quality—and awards the appropriate number of units for that work. I’ll schedule individual meetings with you early in the quarter to determine the work that you’ll need to do for the number of units that you want to earn.

Counseling and Psychological Services
Personal concerns such as stress, anxiety, relationships, and depression can interfere with the ability of students to succeed and thrive. For helpful resources, please contact UCSB Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at 805-893-4411 or visit http://counseling.sa.ucsb.edu/