Tell Your Story

A one-day, hands-on digital storytelling workshop

Short-form video segments are the most preferred form of digital storytelling in our media-rich environment. To date, there are over 120 million videos available on YouTube, from the ridiculous to the sublime and this media “dialect” is being used effectively in education.

Faculty are using short-form digital stories to: 
  • promote their courses 
  • introduce students to local “real-world” issues 
  • document their research 
  • capture interviews for archival purposes 
  • embellish Power Point presentations 
  • support personal and department websites 
  • assign students projects that develop their multimedia literacy skills
Facilitator: Michael Oates, 302 Stories, Inc. [More about Michael appears below.] 
class is full
Two dates to choose from:
 No seats remaining for Wednesday, May 30. Email to be added to the waiting list. 
No seats remaining for Thursday, May 31. Email to be added to the waiting list. 
Location: Student Multimedia Design Center, Morris Library. 
Equipment: Cameras, tripods, and microphones will be provided for use during the workshop.
Software: Video editing will be done using iMovie, but the concepts are applicable to all video editors.
Enrollment: Class size will be limited to 9 participants.  

Want to learn more about digital storytelling? One way is to tell one.

In this one-day, intensive workshop, you will go through the steps of producing a short-form digital story—from your idea to storyboarding, from shooting to editing, and finally to presenting.

You’ll learn what equipment and software is needed, the steps in the process, the time required for each, and the collaboration necessary to produce a simple digital story. You'll experience all that’s involved while you produce your story in one day, and leave with an understanding of how to better plan and evaluate media assignments effectively.

Faculty participants will produce an original short-form video during this workshop. The process will include story development, scripting, storyboarding, pre-production planning, on-site shooting and audio recording, editing, and post-production. 

About Michael Oates

Michael Oates, founder and president of Anew/302 Stories, Inc., is an independent documentarian who has produced programs for major corporations and broadcast networks for the past 25 years. He won his first Emmy in 1983 with his first company, New York Television, Inc., for his work on ABC's "Up Close and Personal Profiles" for the 1983 Olympics. 

Through the 80’s and early 90’s, Oates designed and produced videos that won numerous national awards while also developing New York Television (NYTV) into a multi-million dollar company with 20 employees. In 1995, Oates sold his share of the company he founded to pursue personal video projects, with a focus on the documentation of environmental issues.

In 1999, he wrote, directed, and produced “Dollars on the Beach,” which was the first documentary to examine the emerging migratory shorebird and horseshoe crab harvesting controversy on Delaware Bay. The program aired nationally on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy that year. In 2000, he formed a partnership with educators from the states of DE, MD, and NJ to develop “Green Eggs and Sand”, a multi-media environmental education curriculum based on his documentary. For his work on the Green Eggs and Sand, Oates was named the 2004 Conservation Communicator of the Year by the USFWS, and received a second national award for this work in 2005.  

In 2007, Oates completed “The ’62 Storm,” a documentary on the impact of the 20th Century’s most power nor’easter on Delaware’s coastal communities. This program premiered at the Rehoboth Film Festival and has been shown extensively throughout Delaware.

In 2010, Oates completed “Wood Splinters to Metal Sparks,” a documentary examining the history of Milford, Delaware’s shipbuilding industry and its impact on the community’s growth. The program aired on PBS and has been shown throughout Delaware.

In 2011, Oates premiered “An Evolving Legacy; Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act”. This one-hour documentary focuses on the history of Delaware’s most significant environmental legislation, and the contribution of Governor Russell Peterson. The program was shown at the Rehoboth Film Festival and will air on PBS in the near future.

At present, Oates is currently working on two documentaries—“White Gold”, which follows the rise and fall of the Oyster Industry on Delaware Bay, and another on the history of the St. Jones River and Watershed near Dover, Delaware.

Mr. Oates is also a part-time instructor at the University of Delaware where he teaches Environmental Videography in the College of Earth, Oceans and the Environment.

Contact info:
Michael Oates
Michael Oates documentary on Delaware's Coastal Zone Act to air on WHYY

The documentary film "An Evolving Legacy: Delaware's Coastal Zone Act", produced by Michael Oates with the assistance of UD students, will be shown at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 22, on WHYY-TV 
Channel 12.