Late last year here at King’s Online, a number of team members took part in a Digital Storytelling project, as part of a thesis study carried out by one of our top team of instructional designers.
The central idea was for participants to create a video story about themselves/their career/their personal journey and share it with the wider team. After all, research shows that sharing stories and building familiarity among team members can have positive effects on team dynamics and relationships.
How did it go?
The project proved a compelling and rewarding experience for all involved. Some participants shared arresting stories about how they arrived here at King’s Online, while others spoke about a particular, personal experience which contributed significantly to their career path, or their overall sense-of-self.
All participants reported that they found creating their story a genuinely positive experience, as they were afforded the chance to reflect on themselves and their roles/pathways in brand new ways. What is more, they all found watching their colleagues’ stories extremely beneficial.
Each digital story was creative and unique in its own way, showing a ‘new side’ to each participant. All reported that they now knew a good deal more about each other and had developed a deeper sense of empathy for their teammates.
In fact, many said that they would love if everyone on the wider King’s Online team followed their lead, so we might learn still more about all our KO colleagues. It was also suggested that others in the King’s College London community should try creating their own digital stories, as a way to build connections and relationships between departments.
An example ‘story’
A great illustration of a top-quality King’s Online digital story comes from Dan, the head of our audio/visual team. In his engaging, entertaining video he expands on what lead him to film-making, as well as on his many adventures around the world.
Click here to watch the full video.
Other examples of King’s Online Digital Stories
Clockwise from far left:
- Moia, a King’s Online ID (and co-author of this post), spoke of her twin loves of music and education, and the choices one must make in one’s professional life.
- Duncan, our Head of Operations, created a video focused on his long-held passion for sport, and the office-based lessons one can take from a sporting team dynamic.
- Tom, another experienced King’s Online ID, put together a really interesting piece on moving from traditional teaching to professional pastures new.
- Hannah, one of our key team of project managers, described her experience of working in foreign climes (India especially) and the lessons she learned there.
- Louise, our Instructional Technology Manager, created a digital story focused on taking risks in life – an impulsive move from Australia to the UK, for example.