Digital Storytelling for Public Engagement

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Communicate your message powerfully to external audiences using stories and technology


King's House Conference Centre, Manchester

'Digital Storytelling' refers to a combination of approaches and technologies that help people with little or no professional experience of digital media to produce short, narrative-based videos. Despite the simplicity of the approach, these stories can be highly engaging and often emotionally powerful. Stories are a great way of making complicated ideas meaningful to a wide audience. This means the technique is highly effective as a tool for public engagement.

In this highly participative FREE workshop, attendees will work in small groups to write and refine ideas for stories they could tell about their organisations' work or their own personal experiences. The day will include demonstrations of the different tools required for producing digital stories and guidance on using social media to improve the potential for sharing and discoverability. Attendees will also have access to supplementary learning materials and support on using technology to tell their stories.


  • What makes digital storytelling a powerful communication tool?
  • Using stories for effective public engagement
  • Writing engaging stories
  • Selecting digital images and media to enhance a digital story
  • The digital storytelling production workflow
  • Tools for creating digital stories

Who is it for?

The workshop is aimed at people who work in education institutions to support public engagement. It will be of particular relevance to those with responsibility for communications. The workshop is also relevant to people working in community support groups. To ensure the event is properly targeted, places are restricted to people registering with an email address or who we are able to contact to confirm their role and interest in public engagement. Please provide as much detail as you can on the booking form. Please book on using voucher code 'DSBCE'.

During the workshop, attendees will have:

  • Seen and evaluated a variety of digital stories
  • Planned and written a first draft of their own story
  • Begun to create a paper-based storyboard for their digital story
  • Discovered a range of digital tools suitable for digital storytelling

Further information and booking

Please see the JISC Netskills website

The booking form can be accessed here.