Welcome to the CAE LearnScope project

Our project

The project aims to introduce staff, learners with disabilites and disengaged learners to digital storytelling; to give learners the opportunity to learn new skills and to tell the story of their learning journey. The staff would be involved in a series of professioanl development sessions in digital storytelling. These skills would then be passed on to the learners.

Our learners

Staff - this commences as a professional development project
In the classroom - learners with disabilities and disengaged learners

Our tools

e-learning tools will include: digital photography; digital editing software (photo editor); digital storytelling software (Photo Story 3); the use of the web for downloading and uploading files, accessing blogs and wikis; and audio recording software.

Our progress so far

Our professional development programme commenced in early June with staff members commencing their 'learning journey' into the world of digital storytelling. Led by a project co-ordinator and an IT expert we explored the concept of digital storytelling and various other e-learning tools including blogs and google groups. For most of us this was clearly an exciting introduction into a world of new possibilites for classroom teaching and learning. Luckily for us, two members of our group had already worked on digital storytelling projects and their input into our discussions of this new technology and its practical application in the adult education classroom has proved invaluable.
Our second and third sessions were essentially crash courses in using digital cameras, image capture software, scanners and file organisation. Our communication via our google group - digital storytelling at the CAE - had begun and this proved an important link between our classroom learning and the practice of using our new tools. Our classroom discussions in this session also centred around the process of digital storytelling and ways of finding the 'visual storyteller' within ourselves; lessons that are now being shared with our students.
By mid-July each PD participant had gathered data (digitised photos and images), considered text and music and sketched out a 'scipt' for their own digital story. Photostory 3, the free downloadable, digital storytelling software was the obvious software of choice for our PC rooms.

Digital stories were now created and newly acquired skills in capturing, downloading, and editing images were tested. The occassional squeal of frustration was heard, often followed by a shout of victory; all grist to the mill in preparation for our understanding and management of the e-learning classroom.
We've been battling a little with image sizes; our old PCs were groaning under the strain of too large images. Lessons were learned and steps to ensure we prepare students to contain image sizes to low resolution settings are being developed. The fraught area of music copyright has also thrown us a few challenges and sent us researching the web for user friendly copyright free music. We've found Creative Commons and a couple of other sites that will allow us to incorporate music into our digital stories. We're currently exploring storing images and music on the web using perhaps a wiki or Flikr.
The e-learning journey continues ...

Our evaluation strategy

Feedback will be encouraged using a variety of tools. We plan to use e-learning surveys for our PD evaluations. On-going mentoring will also be evaluated using group discussion forums.

Contact details

Anna Walker
annawAT cae.edu.au