The Medium Is Not the (Only) Message

A Workshop-Conversation to Explore How Interactive Storytelling Tools Can Support Community Voices and Values

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 9:15 am – 12:20 pm

University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building, D115 Smart Classroom

RSVP to by Friday, February 10, 4 pm, to reserve a spot



To introduce representatives from Vancouver Island campuses and community members to new digital storytelling tools. To generate ideas for how interactive media can support community partnerships and engagement through research and educational initiatives.



5-minute demos of interactive storytelling tools and projects, followed by a Q&A and exploration of how to use these tools and techniques to help your organization, discipline or project. Final plenary will discuss key lessons, challenges and opportunities.



8:45     Demo set-ups

9:00     Coffee, brunch, check-in

9:15     Welcome and Introduction: David Leach, UVic, Digital Storytelling and Social Simulation Lab, & Maeve Lydon, Community Mapping Collaboratory

9:30     Games for Change: Interactive Narratives as Tools for Education (Workshop)

10:20   BREAK — Coffee, snacks, demos

10:30   Beyond the Screen: The Power of Participatory and Virtual Reality Video (Workshop)

11:20   BREAK  — Coffee, snacks, demos

11:30   How Can Interactive Storytelling Connect Campus and Community? (Plenary)

  • Sarah Fletcher, Royal Roads & RbD Lab: digital storytelling at the Resilience by Design Lab
  • Jennifer Mullett, VIU-Community Scholar: principles of community-engaged research

12:20   Networking & Hands-On Demos

This interactive workshop is offered by the new UVic Digital Storytelling and Social Simulation Lab, based in the Department of Writing, which supports a network of researchers, artists and community partners, including the Community Mapping Collaboratory, the Inter-Cultural Association and the Songhees Nation.