New Ways to Tell my Story - Evaluation of a Digital Storytelling Workshop for Older Adults

Simone Hausknecht, Michelle Vanchu-Orosco, David Kaufman

Abstract

This study discusses the design, development, and implementation of a digital storytelling workshop for older adults. The paper reports on the post-evaluation of three iterations of the workshop in three different centres. Adjustments were made for the second iteration and these are discussed. The facilitation and a socially supportive environment were important to digital learning. Participants reported increased skills in digital storytelling as well as other computer and internet skills. Finally, it was found that participants enjoyed the contribution of others and sharing of stories, creative expression through learning story creation, and facilitation. The main difficulty reported by participants was related to time restrictions.

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Hausknecht S., Vanchu-Orosco M. and Kaufman D. (2016). New Ways to Tell my Story - Evaluation of a Digital Storytelling Workshop for Older Adults . In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-179-3, pages 231-239. DOI: 10.5220/0005796902310239


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@conference{csedu16,
author={Simone Hausknecht and Michelle Vanchu-Orosco and David Kaufman},
title={New Ways to Tell my Story - Evaluation of a Digital Storytelling Workshop for Older Adults},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,},
year={2016},
pages={231-239},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005796902310239},
isbn={978-989-758-179-3},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,
TI - New Ways to Tell my Story - Evaluation of a Digital Storytelling Workshop for Older Adults
SN - 978-989-758-179-3
AU - Hausknecht S.
AU - Vanchu-Orosco M.
AU - Kaufman D.
PY - 2016
SP - 231
EP - 239
DO - 10.5220/0005796902310239