Category Archives: Digital Storytelling

Day 5: Lecture at Metropolitan University College, Institute of Social Work

On day 5 we visited the Metropol Institute of Social Work in Copenhagen.  Students joined an international class of students from surrounding European countries. Metropol faculty member Helle Strauss taught a lecture on ethics based on the European social work model.  

The afternoon session of our day was filled with lively discussion around case studies focused on ethics in social work with youth.

Tomorrow is our digital storytelling workshop at Metropol.  Students got a sneak-peek of the work they will create thanks to our Whittier College student Andres Garcia who shared his recently completed digital story from the social work senior integrated seminar from this past spring semester.

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We’re in Copenhagen!

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Students arrive on Thursday and classes begin Friday morning!  We have a fun weekend planned filled with city walking tours, visits to the Viking Museum and Cathedral in Roskilde and a canal tour followed by a photo composition discussion…all leading up to our Digital Storytelling workshop on Wednesday, May 25.  Get your cameras ready!  Here we go!

Preparation for Editing Digital Stories: WeVideo

We will be using the web-based, collaborative digital video editing platform WeVideo for this project.  Please sign-up for your account using the direct link posted on Moodle.  Click here to get started!

You may upload pictures and video direct from your phones using the WeVideo app.  You can find a WeVideo tutorial created by DigLibArts student technology liaisons on YouTube here.

Please email Sonia Chaidez ( or Kathy Filatreau ( with any questions.

Digital Storytelling in Copenhagen!

This spring the SOWK/ANTHRO 300 course taught by Professors Paula Sheridan and Lisa Ibañez  will be traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark to explore the ways in which welfare and workfare states contribute to the well-being of children and families.  The class will also examine the gaps in service delivery and resources in both settings.  Students will participate in class meetings hosted by Metropolitan University College’s Social Work Program.  There will also be field visits relevant to course content and cultural excursions.

As part of this study abroad experience Kathy Filatreau (Instructional Technologist) and Sonia Chaidez (Instructional Media Designer) will be leading a series of workshops in Digital Storytelling.  Participating Whittier College and Metro University College students will create digital stories that explore the central theme of living with social and economic justice in a globalized world.  Our digital stories will be crafted as prompts to research how partnerships for social change in a globalized society happen and how issues surrounding children, families, immigration, environmental justice and ethics may affect populations.that reflect topics covered in courses.

We will use this space to share preparations and materials with our colleagues and students.  We will also blog about our teaching and learning experiences and showcase students work.