UF Faculty Department College
Colleen McEdwards UF CJC Online College of Journalism and Communications
Partner Faculty Department Partner Institution
Juan Pablo Osman Comunicación Social Universidad del Norte
Video Storytelling
Project Description:

This VE project will be a collaboration between undergraduate students at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, and Masters students at University of Florida. The course will join over a period of approximately six weeks in which students will build upon their shooting and editing skills and expand their theoretical foundations in the practice of storytelling in both fiction and non-fiction genres. Students will examine video storytelling across multiple media platforms, genres and cultures, as well as produce a short video and provide team-based peer-to-peer feedback. Using a constructivist approach, the collaborative modules are designed to allow students to find and create their own meaning in an asynchronous format requiring communication, analysis, and video production. Assignments will primarily be submitted in a shared Canvas module; however, students will have opportunities within each module to use the technology and platform of their choice to communicate and collaborate. Students will develop stories based on the topics addressed by GEF (Global Environmental Facility). We are seeking three specific objectives proposing this framework: an environmental awareness among students, a self-consciousness about the relevance of telling stories under this perspective and, last but not least, a cultural exchange based on different visions towards environmental challenges.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify cultural and technical characteristics of video storytelling across cultures and genres 
  • Understand interrelationships between media work, cultural contexts and audiences
  • Develop cultural self-awareness and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
  • Increase technical and online communication skills with students of different cultures and languages
  • Understand global perspectives on environmental issues and impact storytelling
Participating Countries:
Number of Participants:
22 UF students and 16 students from the partner institution
UF Course Code & Name:
MMC6936 - Video Storytelling
Project Duration:
6 weeks
Activity Type(s):
Student-to-Student Dialogue
Student-to-Student Project
Time allotted to each activity:
Synchronous Activities: 0 hours
Asynchronous Activities: 16 hours
Individual Work: 5 hours
Technology Tools:
Videoconference (Zoom)
Messaging Applications (WhatsApp)
Learning Management Systems (Canvas)
Messaging Boards/ Video Boards (Flipgrid/ Padlet)
Sequence of Activities:

Module One: Welcome/Introduction- During this module, students will also be introduced to the Global Environment Facility website, and will be assigned video storytelling topics related to global environmental issues. 

Module Two: Independent Cultural Connections- Students are assigned to complete three exchanges with their partner/group. They will log their exchanges in the Canvas discussion forum with specific instructions. 

Module Three: Video Storytelling and Impact- Students will either research or be assigned an environmental video that explains and creates engagement on an issue that aligns with their video projects. Students will post a short analysis to the video on Canvas discussions. 

Module Four: Project Feedback and Reflection- Final module is to have students peer review their completed videos. In their assigned partnerships, students will share a link to their published video and then post their feedback in the Canvas discussion forum. 

Sequence of Activities: