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Untold Stories: Learning with Digital Stories

Geographic Area

EU-wide

City

Language

Multilingual

Type of Information

Case studies

Organisation

Cross Czech

Contact Person

Iveta Mikolaskova (Login to send email)

Contact Person Function

project coordinator in the Czech Republic

Project Start

01/12/2007

Ongoing Project

No

Project End

30/11/2013

Summary

Untold Stories was able to demonstrate how individuals and groups from migrant communities in specific regions of four European countries (Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and Greece) can create, store, promote and share Digital Stories that reflect their life and experiences in their adopted country.
The project made use of the potential of cultural institutions, principally public libraries, to provide new, informal and accessible learning opportunities. Library, museum, learning center, as well as migrant organisation staff have been trained to train and support groups of individuals from migrant communities in the artistic design as well as the skills and technologies involved in the creation of Digital Stories.

Issue/Challenge and Goal/Assumption

The project addresses important issues concerning improvement of the content and delivery of adult learning through the production, testing, comparative evaluation and dissemination of innovative methodologies for informal learning and will help develop on a practical basis the learning dimension of cultural organisations, including their competencies in this area.
A major practical output of this work was establishment of a process for the creation of ‘libraries’ of Digital Stories which can be discovered, accessed and shared on the web.
Untold Stories used dissemination opportunities available to it together with the contacts of its partners in the European Digital Libraries world to promote take up of its approach more widely and to secure a sustainable home for itself and other Digital Stories created, as a new content form in the European service of the Digital Libraries Initiative.

How does it work

Digital Stories entail the creation of a short ‘digital movie’ integrating images, text, and sound with narration. Many different software programs are available that support Digital Storytelling, including tools that help find images and audio clips, modify images, record and edit audio and to put all of these materials together in a finished Digital Story. Through the Web 2.0 applications which were integrated by the Untold Stories platform, previously passive recipients of content are beginning to engage, combining and recombining what they are given or discovering in new and interesting ways, with enormous applicability to Digital Storytelling.

Results

One key area that Untold Stories addressed was the impact that this kind of process has on individual learning, motivation and engagement. Among the basic learning outcomes expected of Digital Stories among migrant communities were better writing, reading and communication skills and more effective collaboration etc.

Among the most important deliverables were:

  • A library of over 125 digital stories available for review at www.untoldstories.eu;
  • Information from the workshops and the conference;
  • Technical toolkits available in 5 languages (English, German, Danish, Czech and Greek);
  • Project website in 3 languages (English, Greek, and Czech);
  • A comprehensive evaluation report.

Evaluation

The evaluation activities included gathering:

  • the opinion of the migrants developed during workshop in each participating region and shared in the filled questionnaires,
  • the interviews done with migrants with lapse after the all workshops,
  • the opinions of some of the cultural sector representatives in filled questionnaire, participated at the Final conference

The evaluation highlighted some important events and circumstances which had a great effect on the overall evaluation of the project.

Who will benefit?

Untold Stories payed attention to the needs of Ukrainian migrants (the largest group), however, Digital Storytelling was opened to any migrant community.
Initial user group consisted of at least 25 members of the identified communities in each region.

Source of funding and Resources used

Source of funding:  under Grundtvig 2007, Lifelong Learning programme, with conditions of 75% grant and 15% co-financing as is stated in programme rules.