PATRICK DESLOGE (UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG)

EMPOWERING LEARNERS WHILE PROMOTING SPOKEN, VISUAL AND TECHNICAL LITERACY THROUGH DIGITAL STORYTELLING : LITERACY AND 21ST CENTURY SKILLS IN ELT

This presentation will outline a unique experiential learning project that involved university students from Hong Kong traveling for a short trip to border areas of Thailand and Myanmar to deliver an intensive three day workshop in digital storytelling to a groups for local learners in these areas. The presentation will outline the Digital Storytelling methodology and report on how this methodology transfers from its origin in the USA to Asian contexts including Hong Kong and communities of marginalized learners in poor areas of Southeast Asia. The presenters will speak to the viability of the methodology to help learners recognize the importance of their own personal experiences while teaching them important skills like focused listening and effective use of voice in narratives. Student-produced digital stories will be presented as a means of demonstrating the spoken, visual and digital literacies that are honed through this unique methodology.

Patrick DESLOGE originates from the USA and taught English in Thailand and Saudi Arabia before arriving at the University of Hong Kong where he has been teaching for the past two decades. He specializes in educational technology and experiential learning. He coordinates a large experiential learning project and he leads the Digital Literacy Lab at the University of Hong Kong.