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Study Abroad

Digital Stories

Inspired by the work of the Center for Digital Storytelling and the Digital Storytelling Working Group, Western Oregon University's Office of Study Abroad and International Exchanges, in collaboration with WOU's Writing Center, implemented digital storytelling as one of the requirements for the Study Abroad Capstone Project.

Digital storytelling is a powerful tool for helping students bring their study abroad experience full circle. The process of creating a digital story leads students to reflect more deeply on their time abroad as they brainstorm, create storyboards, write scripts, and finally produce their story.

Students begin collecting material for their stories even before departure to their destination. Before, during, and on return, students write posts and upload photos to the WOU Students Abroad Photoblog. They respond to questions posed at different stages of the study abroad cycle and have rich opportunities to discover, investigate, verify, and explain (DIVE) what they are observing and experiencing.

With permission from the Bringing the Learning Home project developed by Australian educators Dr. Greg Downey, Dr. Jan Gothard, and Ms. Linda Butcher, WOU modeled its photoblog and the DIVE method after that project.


The Dirty War

by Melissa Carver, Summer 2012

Discovering Argentina's Heart and Soul

by Jessie Padilla, Summer 2012

This is My Journey to Learn More

by Cain Burchell,Summer 2012

Austria (via Budapest Hungary)

Sightseeing at the Habsburg Family Residences in Vienna

by Raina Morgan, Summer 2013


Modern Medicine and TCM Collide

by Kylie Russell

Journey Abroad to China

by Teri Hill, Summer 2013

Go Home as a Foreigner

by Su, Yi Jun, Summer 2013


Stories Come to Life

by Molly Kirkelie, Summer 2013


by Alyssa Raimer, Summer 2013

A Summer in London

by Kylen Dix, Summer 2013

The Quest

By Emily Walley, Summer 2012

Waiting for the Bus

By Marissa Thompson, Fall 2012


Handprint on My Heart

by Emily Aalbers, Summer and Fall 2012


The Berlin Connection

By William Lane, Summer 2013


Don't Worry, Be Happy

by Sarah Joyce, Summer 2013

Off the Beaten Path

by Jolene Johnson, Summer 2013


Japan: My Journey

by Casey, Gallagher, Spring 2013


What Mexico Taught Me

by Mario Barba, Summer 2013

The Climb

by Joshua McGraw, Summer 2013


by Aaron Cole, Summer 2013

Live in the Moment

by Sarah King, Summer 2013

72 Hour Snapshot

by Courtney Daniel, Summer 2013

My Home Away from Home

by Ayat Haidar, Summer 2013

The Untold Stories

by Rebekah Smith, Spring 2013


Barcelona, Where the Magic Lies Within the Daily Routine

by Katy Barlean, Winter/Spring 2013

Transforming Views

by Jacqueline Arrezola, Fall 2012

Study in Barcelona

by Jose Ruben Garcia, Fall 2012

Archived Digital Stories


The Office of Study Abroad phone: 503-838-8905 fax: 503-838-8338 | or e-mail: studyabroad@wou.edu
Location: Maaske 122

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