Due to the very positive experiences and feedback from students regarding the methodological integration of digital storytelling at the Department of Translation Studies courses (ITAT) in the winter semester 2020/21, this practice was continued for two further courses in summer semester 2021.
The courses in question were “Ungarisch: Translatorische Basiskompetenz II (HU-DE)” and “Ungarisch: Wirtschaft und Tourismus (HU-DE)”, both supervised by Dr. Claus Michael Hutterer and supported by Mag. Andreas Schuch. Students could choose almost any topic in their digital stories as long as there was a connection to Hungary and the basic criteria of digital storytelling were met. The digital stories were produced in German. The majority of students also provided a declaration of consent so that their stories could be published online. A selection of these student stories are embedded in this article, more stories can be found on the official YouTube channel of the Narrative Didactics Research Group.
Student feedback to digital storytelling has been overwhelmingly positive. Students found the Digital Storytelling method to be creative and they enjoyed applying it. At the same time this pilot project promoted students’ linguistic, digital, (inter)cultural and a wide variety of further competences and helped increase students’ sense and experience of self-efficacy.
We are planning future expansions of this project and increasing the corpus of student-created digital stories. Perhaps particularly in the humanities, combining storytelling with digital technologies can help develop and expand adequate digitization strategies.