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 and health promotion needs
  • 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 six parts:

  1. Group and general topic selection (Day 1 in class together)
  2. Develop group contract and plan (Submit in Canvas)
  3. Cultivate materials and resources to support your patient creation (TBA)
  4. Submit a case study summary of your story (Final Class Day)
  5. Present your patient in class telling your digital story (Final Class Day)
  6. Peer evaluations in class (Final Class Day)

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 six 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. For this semester long project, you will select your group members of choice. Topics will be selected the first day of class.

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. This plan should include a timeline or outline for how you will structure the activities over the semester.

You should consider and include statements or plans addressing:

  • member strengths, limitations, and values
  • team member roles and accountabilities
  • communication style
  • leadership style
  • strategies for successful team functioning

Please include:

  • team/group name (1 point)
  • how you plan to tackle this assignment (strengths, weaknesses, roles or tasks?) (2 points)
  • meeting times/dates and location (e.g. online, phone, in person) (1 point)
  • how you will track/record progress, including timeline (2 points)
  • how your group will make decisions (2 points)
  • 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 (2 points)

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. Submit electronically in Canvas. (10 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 (See Canvas). 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 a minimum of three scholarly resources related to your topic to share, that are current (within 5 years). Your slides should be a total of 10-12 slides, not including the NCLEX question slides, references, or title slide. The slides should minimally address information to provide the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed with a focus on the main diagnosis determined from your broader selected topic (Neuro, Cardio, etc.). Include pathophysiology, treatment options, labs, medications, health promotion, nursing diagnoses, and nursing considerations that relate to the disease process. References used should be made available to the class and cited per APA in the VT presentation. You should develop 5-6 NCLEX style test questions based upon your content topic assigned, as a review included within the VoiceThread presentation or at the end of the presentation.

Due date is based on content/topic your group signed up for. (30 points)

For VoiceThread Student Support click here. (30 points)

4. The Digital Storytelling is a final digital presentation (Live in Class or via Zoom) 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, and address health promotion. 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. . (35 points)

5. The Digital Storytelling Projects are often amazing creations, in which students have been able to develop a comprehensive patient case study. In an effort to more broadly share student work, DST projects have been shared to create a open educational resource for Nursing Case Studies. As part of your DST Project, please submit a case study format of your project with a text based summary of the patient situation and at least three open-ended case study type questions. Be sure to include any resources/references used in a reference list below the open-ended questions. Please upload your summary in Canvas and comment if you do or do not wish to have your story included in the Nursing Case Studies Pressbook (currently in editing stages) that is a collection of the case study summary from the DST project that will be made available openly. Credit will be listed on the individual case studies to students within the group who created the patient story. Example structure for the case study layout is available in Canvas. (20 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 the day of presentations.

Grading Criteria

100 points total

  • 10 points for group contract and plan
  • 30 points for selection of articles and curation of appropriate content and resources for your group topic area via VoiceThread within 10-14 slides, and includes NCLEX style questions (5-6) for review
  • 40 points for the digital storytelling presentation
  • 20 points for the case study summary submission with three open-ended questions and answers
  • 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 posted in Canvas.

Case Study Summary is due at beginning of final class meeting day.

Digital storytelling final presentations are scheduled on the final class day.

Peer reviews are due at the end of class on the presentation day.

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