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Workshop 2
Digital Storytelling as Experiential Learning. Creating safe-spaces online to share personal narratives.

April 12, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm HKT

Workshop Details

Date: 12 April 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm (HK time)
Venue: Conducted via Zoom
Speakers: Mr. Patrick Desloge, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES)


The Digital Storytelling (DS) methodology focuses on creating a safe space where learners can share and reflect on their experiences as they craft a personal narrative in the form of a video. This project began in 2020 with the intention of supporting DS as a summative assessment in experiential learning programs. As global experiences were cancelled and learning moved online we identified opportunities to use DS as a framework for an online global experiential learning course through the development of a new course. Online Digital Storytelling in English gives students an opportunity to create their own stories and subsequently consolidate and apply their learning by facilitate online workshops for for less-privileged learners in Myanmar and India.

This workshop look at the importance of Digital Storytelling (and story circles) to create safe spaces for students to find their voices while also helping them to develop digital literacy skills. These spaces, where workshop participants can openly share their perspectives as they reflect on their lived experiences and craft these reflections into a personal narrative also serve to help create a unique context for cross-cultural sharing that can extend far beyond the barrier that have been created by the events of the past two years.

About the Speakers

Mr. Patrick Desloge is the Digital Literacy Support Coordinator at CAES where he leads a crew of teachers and student peer consultants as they engage with the HKU community to foster the development of digital, visual and technological literacies. He has been working in the area of integrating technology into teaching and learning at HKU for more than two decades. From 2017 to 2020 he was the Program Director for the Nurturing Global Leaders (NGL) Program sending HKU to teach English to marginalized learners in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar for 8 weeks as part of a global experiential learning course. His work in digital storytelling began through a desire to craft a more appropriate assessment to capture the broad range of learning experiences students encountered on this program. In 2020 he developed a new online course in digital storytelling where students learn the digital storytelling methodology and then engage with learners in Myanmar and India as they share their lived experiences and develop digital literacies.


April 12, 2022
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm HKT
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