Digital Storytelling Project


What you should learn...



Understanding the complexity of care for patients, with individualized responses and complex disease processes is an essential part of preparation for the nursing role. It is my hope, and the goal of this project, that you leave with a knowledge and respect of the importance of this complex process. The group project is meant to provide an opportunity to use teamwork and collaboration, while applying critical concepts and knowledge in a comprehensive way in a patient case scenario using digital tools to enhance the ‘story’.

Key takeaways:

  • The impact of disease in care of the complex client
  • The demonstration of critical thinking in the design of a complex client with case management concerns
  • The trends of labs, results, and assessment findings
  • Integration of course concepts to present a case study patient as a demonstration of your understanding
  • Creative freedom to utilize digital tools in the design of this project

This is a semester long project with five parts:

  1. Group and general topic selection (Due 1/24 in class together)
  2. Develop group contract and plan (Due 2/2)
  3. Cultivate materials and resources to support your patient creation (TBA)
  4. Present your patient in class telling your digital story (Due 5/9)
  5. Peer evaluations in class (Due 5/9)

For each stage, pay attention to the due dates and the expectations described below. The due date for the cultivated materials and resources will be determined based upon your group topic selection, which we will do in class the first day. The group members are expected to collaborate together to present in a professional manner, as if at a nursing event or conference. Group members were randomly selected to avoid bias and promote members to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses in contributing/collaborating. Your final digital story presentation can be formatting using any approach you choose. Some suggestions used in the past include: cikeys (Wordpress), Populr, PowerPoint, Animoto, movie creation, and Storyfi. Check out this blog about the project, and recent TOPR publication.


There are five major parts to this project:

1. Your groups have been randomly selected. In class, each group will have an opportunity to select their topic and confirm due dates. The list of the selected group assignments and due dates for each group are in Canvas.

2. Your group should make a contract. A group contract is a plan, model or outline, setting guidelines within your group. This contract should foster open communication, encourage mutual respect, and determine participant roles. You should consider: member strengths, limitations, and values; team member roles and accountabilities; communication style; leadership style; and strategies for successful team functioning. You will need to include team/group name, how you plan to tackle this assignment (roles or tasks?), meeting times/dates and location (e.g. online, phone, in person), how you will track/record progress, how your group will make decisions, and how to deal with any problems or resolving conflict within your group such as breaks in communication, distractions during meeting/work times, late work, or workload concerns. This plan is your group’s creation and guide for this collaborative paper. The expectation is you make a plan that your group can follow for success, or utilize to enforce if needed. Your group will be accountable for the plan you set into place. Any group member may contact the instructor directly in confidence if there are concerns about the dynamics of the working group or if a team member is not fulfilling his/her role. Due February 2nd, 5 pm. Submit electronically in Canvas. (5 points)

3. The portion of the group projects to cultivate resources and materials to create your story are due dependent upon your topic and presentation date. This will be decided upon via sign up the first day of class and each group should be assigned a topic and due date. We will discuss this section further in class, but you should plan to present critical content related to your patient in a VoiceThread presentation format. You will find three articles related to your topic to share, that are current (within 5 years). You should develop 5-6 NCLEX style test questions based upon your content topic assigned, as a review included. Due based on content/topic your group signed up for. (35 points)

4. The Digital Storytelling is a final digital presentation (in class) of your developed case study patient, that should include some type of case management or social services issue in planning the care of the patient. Creativity in your digital work and professional presentation is key. The group project is meant to provide an opportunity to use teamwork and collaboration, while applying critical concepts and knowledge in a comprehensive way creating a patient case scenario, while using digital tools to enhance the ‘story’. The group members are expected to collaborate together, work as a team, and are required to present their final digital storytelling in a professional manner, as if they were presenting at a nursing event or conference. You should plan professional dress on May 10 for presentations. Lastly, you will have a text based summary of your case study with three open ended questions related to the findings or presentation of the case study to submit with the finalization and presentation of the digital story. (35 points)

5. Peer evaluations provide an opportunity to apply the concepts and guidelines in the rubric to evaluate other groups. You will contribute hard work and effort in these projects, so peer support and evaluation is key in acknowledging your efforts. Although there are not specific assigned points for completing the peer evaluations, each group will be deducted up to 10 points for incomplete or unprofessional peer evaluations. Evaluation forms will be provided to you in class on May 9.

Grading Criteria

75 points total

  • 5 points for group contract and plan
  • 35 points for selection of articles (10) and curation (25) of appropriate materials and resources for your group topic area via VoiceThread
  • 35 points for the digital storytelling presentation and summary
  • Peer evaluations (-10 if not completed by the group)

See Digital Storytelling rubric for grading criteria


Deadline for submission of resources is 5:00 pm on your assigned due date.

Deadline for group contract is 5:00 pm Wednesday, February 2, 2017.

Digital storytelling final presentations are scheduled Wednesday, May 9, 2017.

Peer reviews are due at the end of class on Wednesday, May 9, 2017.

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