IS30380 Digital Storytelling

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module explores how we tell stories with digital media whether for information, news, entertainment, social, educational, political or other purposes. It examines the basic elements of narrative structure and the impact that digital interactivity has on storytelling. Best practice is demonstrated through a variety of formats such as websites, interactive documentary, entertainment & serious games, podcasts, museum interactives etc. Students learn how to critique examples as well as learning how to plan and develop their own interactive content.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Understand the essentials of theory and practice in digital storytelling
2. Recognise and evaluate different forms and characteristics of interactive narratives
3. Identify principles of digital storytelling practice for information professionals
4. Create a plan for an interactive digital adaptation following principles learned in this module

Indicative Module Content:

- Introduction to Digital Storytelling - What is it?
- Storytelling technologies through the ages
- Narrative Theory
- Reading Digitally
- Narrative content: Text, Image, Video, Sound
- Narrative forms: documentary, installation, game design
- Interactivity & Narrative design
- Planning digital stories

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module includes lectures and seminars which involve discussion and debate as well and viewing/listening and critical examination of texts and materials. Guest lectures and demonstrations are also included where appropriate. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: Individual paper based on choice of topics covered in the first half of term Week 6 n/a Graded No


Project: Writing/Visual/Audio/Online project - students record, explore and reflect on issues around interactive narrative through their medium of choice e.g. blog, podcast etc. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Páraic Kerrigan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer