Sharing Life Stories: Design and Evaluation of a Digital Storytelling Workshop for Older Adults

  • Simone HausknechtEmail author
  • Michelle Vanchu-Orosco
  • David Kaufman
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 739)


This chapter presents the design and evaluation of a digital storytelling workshop for older adults held across multiple workshop iterations and examines the adjustments made across these iterations. Adjustments to the design were made prior to the second and the third iteration to accommodate the needs of the learners. Results from older adult participants’ evaluations of three iterations of the workshop, involving seven different workshop groups, are also presented. Researchers found that the facilitation approach and socially supportive environment were important to the digital learning experience and were seen as benefits that workshop participants appreciated. Furthermore, participants reported increased digital storytelling skills and, to a lesser degree, other computer and internet skills. Additionally, participants reported enjoying the contribution of others, sharing stories with each other, and being able to learn something new. The main challenge reported by participants was the lack of sufficient time provided in the workshop.


Digital storytelling Older adults Workshop evaluation Lifelong learning 



We wish to thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) for supporting this project financially.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Hausknecht
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michelle Vanchu-Orosco
    • 1
  • David Kaufman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EducationSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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