Creating in collaboration: reflections on a World War One transmedia project
Donaghey, Sara; Berman, Sue; Seja, Nina
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Citation:Donaghey, S., Berman, S., and Seja, N. (2014). Creating in collaboration: reflections on a World War One transmedia project. Paper presented at Information in Technology Education: Local Culture and Oral History, Changsha, China, October 27-28, 2014
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/2946
The centenary of World War One (WW1) is being marked by a range of nation-wide and international commemorative events. Our project brings to life personal narratives of the years 1914-1918 and sets them alongside contemporary, youth-driven responses to the commemoration of WW1, with a particular focus on stories from the home front. It features a singular collaboration between Unitec (in particular staff and students enabled in digital storytelling technologies), oral historians, heritage researchers and community archivists (including those from local government). The project also encourages community participation by inviting people to share stories, documents and memorabilia of this period. Students participate by creating digital stories from a range of primary sources; this includes archived collections - oral history narratives, letters, manuscripts and images. The students, first and second years studying a Bachelor of Communication degree at Unitec, were also trained in oral history interview techniques with the supervision and support of course tutors and project researchers. The conference presentation will highlight the student learning journey - the methodologies by which students contributed to the project, the outcomes and an interim evaluation of the project. Of particular note is the growth in digital literacies demonstrated by student engagement in the project, the creative nature of their personal responses as they came to appreciate the power of story, the intergenerational dimension of the project as older generations shared their recollections with young people and the impact of community participation. The project aims to create an archive of unedited material for future researchers to access through Auckland Libraries as well as to produce digital stories, blogs, and transmedia presentations – content which will contibute to the various online resources marking the centenary of WW1. Furthermore, the student digital productions will feature in an Auckland Libraries exhibition during the 2014 Auckland Heritage Festival. It will also form one of a series of magazine-style, current affairs documentaries broadcast on SkyTV later this year.