Threshold Concepts in Digital Storytelling: Naming What We Know About Storywork

  • Brooke Hessler
  • Joe Lambert
Part of the Digital Education and Learning book series (DEAL)


Community-engaged educators have incorporated digital storytelling into academic courses and public workshops for over two decades. Reflecting on their own praxes, Hessler and Lambert invite facilitators and researchers to deepen current discussions about digital storytelling as a transformative pedagogy and as a form of critically reflective literacy. To advance this dialogue, they suggest applying the lens of Meyer and Land’s threshold concepts, an approach used in the scholarship of teaching and learning to identify core and “troublesome” knowledge across the disciplinary spectrum. Noting that the most salient principles and practices concern the underlying “storywork” of digital storytelling, the authors offer eight assertions as potential threshold concepts. The most foundational and, they argue, the most radical is Every Story Matters.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brooke Hessler
    • 1
  • Joe Lambert
    • 2
  1. 1.California College of the ArtsOaklandUSA
  2. 2.StoryCenterBerkeleyUSA

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