- The Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project pilot years (AY 2014-2015 & AY 2015-2016) and community-initiated conversations from Fall 2016 at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Curated by Bob Cole and Dr. Netta Avineri
Co-Founders, Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project
- You are cordially invited into a medium that is the message. This Storify is a multimodal, multi-vocal, multi-temporal, multi-perspectival and experimental chronicle. It is designed to be experiential, interactive, and emergent - allowing multiple audiences to look backward at various storytelling efforts at MIIS while looking forward to the many possibilities afforded when a range of perspectives come together. We hope this chronicle serves multiple purposes -- a report of what has been done, an inspiration for others, and an invitation to an ongoing dialogue that explores the roles of intercultural storytelling, digital learning, and engaged learning at MIIS. In addition to the Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project initiatives described here, storytelling has been integrated in a variety of ways into different phases of the MIIS experience, including Visit Day, Community Building Workshops & Events, and during Intercultural Competence Immersive Learning Trainings. As you experience this Storify we encourage you to take note of your reactions and consider possible actions, so that we can all continue the dialogue...
- November 9, 2016. "As a student from Nepal said, 'nothing can shake us, we stand tall like the Himalayas in our commitment to intercultural understanding, social change, and world peace.'"
Navigating the StorifyWe've organized the storify into three sections. The "What?" provides background about what happened during the pilot of IDSP. The "So What?" section documents the community-initiated conversations held during the Fall 2016 term as we explored how storytelling supports communities of practice. And the "Now What?" is a list of possible future areas of activity and inquiry generated during the final conversation in December.
The Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project
Envisioning Middlebury Community-Initiated Conversations
• Conversation 1
• Conversation 2
• NEST | November Experimental Story Telling
• Conversation 3
Opportunities for Further Exploration
The Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project
- Institute graduate students gather for the first IDSP information session in the DLC, September 2014.
- The Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project, also known as #IDSP, was designed as a pilot of a co-curricular community of practice for students at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) participating in immersive learning activities affiliated with their academic programs. Students applied to participate in #IDSP and had the option to design proposals for directed study credits with the goal of creating new opportunities for intercultural competence (ICC) development through peer interaction, self-reflection, design, and digital media.
- The IDSP Fellowship experience was designed around 5 key competencies: immersive learning, inductive research, peer mentorship, reflection, and digital media.
- The 2015 pilot engaged a selected cohort of six students through an application process. Spanning 8 months during the academic year, project co-founders facilitated a learning series that covered inductive research, experiential reflection methods, story writing, multimedia creation, and peer feedback. The academic year-long timeline afforded fellows and mentors ample opportunity to collaborate and experiment while developing these skills.
An infographic of the IDSP participant journey was created by 2015 fellow, Brittany Lane.
- The 2016 project saw a significant increase in applications, engaged a new cohort of six students, and evolved with project leadership coming from two 2015 participants, Katie Barthelow and Anna Santos, who were selected as Senior Storytelling Fellows. We established a mentoring partnership between senior fellows and project co-founders during the academic year. Katie and Anna worked with the 2016 fellows on their projects and developed a storytelling project in Panamá with a community non-profit in Coco Solo called Cambio Creativo.
- Senior Fellows collaborated with the Institute's librarians to obtain international newspapers for a multilingual blackout story creation workshop. Participants worked with newspaper articles from their home countries by selecting words and phrases to produce a new story or poem. Multilingual stories were translated into English for sharing.
- Katie and Anna traveled to Panama collaborating with Pedro Bitar, a Middlebury film studies student who we engaged as a paid intern with the Digital Learning Commons to support their project during the 2016 J-term.
- Senior Fellows invite stories about J-term experiences during a community storytelling event in February 2016.