Creating a Global Learning Community Through Digital Storytelling

Teaching and learning the art of digital storytelling creates a global learning community that supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Co-teaching a fully online course on digital storytelling at SUNY Empire State College brings together students from the United States, Canada, Czech Republic, and Albania, in a model that others can learn from and adapt for their institutions. As part of this learning experience, students develop individual digital narratives about such themes as mobility and empowerment. They also produce a culminating collaborative digital story about a specific cause that they research and advocate for as a team. Team story topics have included racism and social justice, COVID-19 and pandemic art, and Violence Against Asians.


Sheila Marie Aird, Ph.D. (she/her), Associate Professor, European Academic Programs, Director Center for International Education, SUNY Empire State College

Thomas P. Mackey, Ph.D. (he/him), Professor of Arts & Media, SUNY Empire State College

Moderated by: Joanna Regulska (she/hers), Vice Provost and Dean, Global Affairs, Professor, Gender, Sexuality an Women’s Studies, UC Davis