Once upon a time…

This website is part of my lifelong learning project. Returning to college to complete a sociology degree I find the course work disjointed and outdated, so I’ve decided to create a Learning Portfolio to document my lifetime of learning. I’m also studying Multi-Media Arts at Berkeley City College and have been taking workshops from The Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, California. I’m excited to join the community participating in the western106 online Digital Storytelling project. I intend to improve both my digital technology and storytelling skills while creating artifacts of my western heritage.

  • The learning portfolio is a flexible, evidence-based process that combines reflection and documentation. It engages students in ongoing, reflective, and collaborative analysis of learning. It focuses on purposeful, selective outcomes for both improving and assessing learning. – John Zubizaretta
  • StoryCenter (formerly the Center for Digital Storytelling), founder of the global Digital Storytelling movement, is a nonprofit organization that uses a combination of Storywork and innovative, participatory media methods to support people in sharing personal narratives rooted in their own life experiences. – Joe Lambert

western106 course objectives

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the concept of storytelling and the power of narrative
  • Critically examine the digital landscape of communication technologies as emergent narrative forms and genres
  • Develop skill in using technology as a tool in communication of stories
  • Improve communication skills
  • Participate in an ongoing and meaningful conversation with classmates about ideas, theories, and technologies
  • Publish online your own exploration of digital storytelling techniques and approaches. – Alan Levine

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California Sociological Association Conference 2016

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