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Digital Storytelling (DST) Final Project

Between now and the end of the semester, the Human Anatomy students will be engaged in a Final Project. The purpose of this assignment is for students to explore the anatomy associated with a medical condition, and then educate their cohorts (classmates) on their findings. The students are able to choose any topic that interests them, as long as they are able to relate the topic (typically, a medical condition) to detailed anatomy. They are to research the condition and the associated anatomy. The students will use a combination of images, animation, video, music and other digital elements to relate the anatomy via a personal narrative, stories of challenge, historical points of view, or even suspense! Below, you will see a digital storytelling project that I developed to provide an example to the students.

Example of Digital Storytelling

Dystonic Tremor Explained via Digital Storytelling

Student Topics

Interested in what the students are choosing as topics? The following is the list of topics as of 3-12-15:

  • ADHD (Jacob Goldschmidt and Harry Kim)
  • Alzheimer's Disease (LaNesha Marshall)
  • Anxiety Disorder (Mikalya Stein)
  • Asthma (Sami Payne)
  • Atrial Septal Defect (Anitah Kwagala)
  • Eczema (Alainna Cavin)
  • Hand Reconstructive Surgery Post-Trauma (Michael Hastings and Brandon Penn)
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (Hannah Perrin)
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (Tucker Burquest and Rajan Terfa)
  • Schizophrenia (Hannah Ford and Louisa Mamnev)
  • Scoliosis (Corinne Felix and Madi Thompson)
  • Strokes (affecting upper motor neurons) and their effects (Courtney Hawes)
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (Sidney Speich and Najia Watkins)
  • Video Game Effects on the Brain (Brittany Brown)
  • Vitiligo (Caleb Johnson)
  • Why Patients Die in Surgery After Anesthesia (Maggie Koethe and Rachel Long)

(Note: Students chose to complete the project either individually or in pairs.)

Literacy Goals of Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling is thought to aid in the development of:

• Digital Literacy

– the ability to communicate with an ever-expanding community to discuss issues, gather information, and seek help;

• Global Literacy

- the capacity to read, interpret, respond, and contextualize messages from a global perspective

• Technology Literacy

- the ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity, and performance;

• Visual Literacy

- the ability to understand, produce and communicate through visual images;

• Information Literacy

- the ability to find, evaluate and synthesize information.