Offered in 2016


Sharing Your Legacy Through Digital Storytelling (55+)

Create a custom legacy that will enrich your life and the lives of those around you. Digital storytelling is a form of narrative that uses simple digital media technology to create short movies. It has many benefits, for both the storyteller and the story viewer. This unique and powerful communication tool is both productive and reflexive in nature. You can use it to share life experience in exciting, enjoyable and meaningful ways.

Our digital storytelling workshops use browser-based software to support the creation of a personal story of lived history by older adults.

Note: Students should be comfortable using computers and should bring a laptop to the class.

Note: Back by popular demand, from fall 2016.

Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.

Currently not available for registration.

What will I learn?

Week 1

What is ‘legacy’… and how legacy is affected by elements such as money, sex, religion, ego, happiness; introduction to digital storytelling; view example videos; brief demo of WeVideo.

Week 2

The assets of legacy making: Your values, skills, time, talents and resources. Getting ready to start creating your legacy story; practice creating a mini-story.

Week 3

First type of legacy story: TELL your story. Begin structuring and writing a script of this story of your values.

Week 4

Second type of legacy story: GATHER your story. Begin structuring and writing this story of your life’s experiences. Begin gathering visuals.

Week 5

Third type of legacy story: CREATE your story. Yes, you have some legacies created already! Now it’s time to tell their stories; legacy story in a storyboard.

Week 6

Pick your selected story type (TELL, GATHER or CREATE or a combination of the three), work on script, voice, sound, music, visuals; record narration.

Week 7

Continue recording narration and edit in WeVideo.

Week 8

Assemble and edit mixed media.

Week 9

Assemble and edit mixed media.

Week 10

Optional special event to view legacy stories.


How will I learn?

The creation of digital stories will occur in class, with extra tutorials and individual help available on demand. An optional special event will also be held where you and your fellow workshop participants will be given the opportunity to showcase your work to family and friends.

How will I be evaluated?

For certificate students only:

Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”

Required reading

Provided free to participants:

Lucy, R. (2017). How Will You Be Remembered? A Guide For Creating and Enjoying Your Legacies Now. Paperback: 250 pages. Delta, BC: Engage Communications Inc.
ISBN-10: 099403172X.


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