A Digital Story Assignment Using Mobile Devices and WeVideo (a Cloud-Based Video Editing Program)


  • Greg Steinke UMN
  • Jill Zimmerman UMN


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Students’ smartphones don’t have to be a mere distraction. Harness the power of mobile devices to create digital stories online.

In this presentation, you’ll learn from the presenters what it was like to create their first digital story assignment asking students to use their smartphones/mobile devices to capture images, and record audio and video for their digital stories. Students also had access to WeVideo - a cloud-based video editing program, to combine the media they gathered and edit their videos.

Digital stories are a fun, skill-expanding alternative to written assignments and reflections, with the versatility to apply to any field of study. The presenters will share the successes and drawbacks of the assignment and provide resources for faculty and instructional designers who wish to explore digital storytelling assignments for their online or hybrid class.

Author Biography

Greg Steinke, UMN

Greg Steinke works for the College of Continuing Education, UMN, as a Media Specialist. He has many years of experience working with faculty and instructional designers on media projects and exploring academic technologies that fit the activity/assignment.