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Instructor Toolkit: Create a Digital Assignment

What is digital storytelling?

Digital Storytelling combines sounds, images and video to create stories and share a perspective. WeVideo is a web-based video editor and creation tool that students can use to create digital stories. Students develop an idea, research, write scripts, gather/create media, record/edit/combine audio within WeVideo. Students can use stock images/video, or edit their own footage to combine with library images.  

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced  

Suggested length: 2-5 minutes. 

Weighting: 20%-30% 

Best for

  • Reflection
  • Concept overview
  • Essay
  • Research process documentation


  • Scaling the project so that it isn’t too big or too small. 
  • Creating a project that recognizes and provides options for inequitable access to technology. 

Sample learning outcomes 

  • Communicate the main argument and methods of your thesis.  
  • Construct a story that presents one perspective of an historical event. 

Key creative steps 

  • Topic and brainstorm 
  • Storyboard/outline your ideas 
  • Pitch and feedback 
  • Finding and creating appropriate images/videos/sound effects/music 
  • Draft script 
  • Peer feedback/story circle 
  • Revise script 
  • Using WeVideo software 
  • Using Audacity software 
  • Publishing & Accessibility (AODA) 
  • Final submission/classroom film fest 
  • Reflection on the experience 

Support for creating digital stories


The Media Studio has an educational subscription to WeVideo. This subscription provides a few more perks than the free version of WeVideo, including decreased branding, ability to collabrate, and more publishing time.

These accounts are available for a semester at a time.

Please contact the library for more information.

Audio recording and editing 

The Media Studio recommends that students use whatever tool they are familiar with or have access to record and edit their audio. If students do not have experience with a specific tool, here are some suggestions and tools that the media studio supports: 

  • Audacity: This tool is open source, and is available for both PC and Mac. The library has a number of resources available, including a help guide and tutorial. Because it is open source, there are also many help videos available on YouTube. 
  • GarageBand: This tool is freely available on all Mac computers. The media studio has a help guide available for students to use.  
  • Sound Booth: This space and equipment is available to University of Guelph students, faculty, and staff to record their audio. Media Studio staff are available to answer questions and assist with any issues that may arise.  

Introduction to digital storytelling

Video: What is Digital Storytelling?Link to Guide: Create a Digital StoryGuide: Learn Video and Filming Basics

Resources to help with planning

Link to Guide: Create a scriptLink to Guide: Create a Storyboard

Resources to help create your digital story

Link to Guide: Edit Video WeVideoGuide: Make Your Digital Media Project AccesibleLink to Guide: Record Audio with Audacity

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