Ohler wins national award for digital storytelling

Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2008

A group that champions the use of technology in higher education has presented University of Alaska Southeast faculty member Jason Ohler with an international award.

The Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications' Outstanding Work Award recognizes the innovative uses of educational technologies in higher education.

The "Stories of Culture and Place" program that Ohler began encourages kids to tell their stories using new media. Ohler helped students plan, perform and write stories that they converted to a new media format using free software.

"In the digital age, being able to just 'read' the Web, movies and other media does not suffice," Ohler said. "We also must be able to write them if we are to share in their empowerment and critically evaluate their impacts on society."

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