Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling is an innovative way for patient/public/community research partners to create a short film (less than five minutes) and share their stories and voices from perspectives that are typically less heard. Stories can be a combination of recorded narratives with music, images or video footage. Additionally, it can be used to help the research team in prioritizing areas that people with lived experience of a health issue(s) feel should be investigated further in the research process.


Digital Storytelling can be useful for:

  • Creating opportunities for patient/public/community partners to share their stories or ideas around what area of research should be prioritized in the research project.
  • Getting a better understanding of diverse perspectives around research decisions.
  • Allowing for creative ways of self-expression for patient/public/community research partners.
  • Sharing powerful stories and creating opportunities for change in the research process.


 Additional Resources:

1. Athabasca University ELab


Other Examples:

1. 6 Great Examples of Digital Storytelling

2. Digital Storytelling with First Nations Emerging Adults in Extensions of Care - download