Project #6: Digital Storytelling

Here’s my Digital Story!


This week we learned about the Personalization Principle, which states that by using conversational rather than formal language, learning is improved. I learned that expressing information in conversational style can also be a way to prime appropriate cognitive processing in the learner.

I was tasked with applying this principle to this week’s digital story assignment. The challenge for me was finding a topic for my digital story. After a couple of hours of trying to figure out the best story to tell, I finally decided to go with a short documentary and chose to do it on the Black Death of the 14th Century. It was an event that had a huge impact in our history, and I felt it was a story worth telling.

I used google docs to create a script, and then I used a voice recorder on my computer to narrate the entire script into one recording. I then created a folder to place all the images and audio that I would be using to tell this story. I used iMovie to create this multimedia movie to bring it all together. I’ve used iMovie on several occasions because it’s a great video editing software, so there was no learning curve. Once I completed the presentation I uploaded the video to my YouTube account and shared it. I also used Captioning for the first time, which was cool. I thought it was very intuitive that I could just copy my script to the video and it would transcribe it all automatically.

During the creation process of the video, I was able to apply the personalization principle by using a conversational style in my videos introduction. I believe there are benefits and improvements in learning when the speech is in conversational style rather than formal style. According to Clark and Mayer, the feeling of social presence causes the learner to engage in deeper cognitive process during learning, which results in a better learning outcome.


Clark, R. C., & Mayer, R. E. (2016). E-Learning and the science of instruction: proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.


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