Leadership through Digital Storytelling



In this 12-week course, students will learn how to create a digital story about leadership and become a member of an online community of inquiry. Digital storytelling instruction will be followed by three leadership problems for students to solve in small groups with guidance from the course facilitator and experienced leaders using stories to facilitate learning. Students will hear stories via webinar and have access to short audio clips and digital stories from conservation leaders relating personal lessons learned based on a variety of leadership competencies and topics. Students will spend 3 hours per week on course work: 1 hour per week attending a webinar and 2 additional hours at their convenience to complete assignments. Webinars will be recorded for later viewing, if needed.

Course Goal:

To create a trusted, story-based community of inquiry for leaders to aid in their leadership development through collaborative problem solving and individual reflection.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the 12-week online course, the student will be able to:

  • Create "a 3-4 minute digital story, narrated in first-person, with a script of 250-375 words and fewer than 20 images or video clips" on some aspect of leadership development.
  • Identify types of stories that can be used to enhance the five leadership practices in Kouzes and Posner's (2007) leadership model: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart."
  • Use leadership stories to build consensus and find collaborative solutions for leadership problems in small groups.
  • Reflect and record leadership insights in a personal online journal.
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