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    SPIRAL - Communicating Your Research Through Digital Storytelling
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    Learn how to communicate your research to a wide audience through digital storytelling – a simple form of video. Ideal for anyone new to video-making or with limited experience, the course covers how to write a narrative, plan and create a video using images and simple animation.

Duration 3 hours

Course Type Workshop

Booking Status Waiting List

Is this course right for me?

Target Audience: Staff involved in research who want to know how to effectively communicate their research to a lay audience in an engaging but simple video format

This is a live on-campus event. 

The workshop includes a half-day session, plus further activities to complete within a month. 


Being able to communicate the impact of your research to a wide public audience is an increasingly important part of being a researcher, and now crucial to successful funding applications. 


A highly engaging way to communicate your research is through a digital story – a simple, short-form video comprised of still images and narration.  


By the end of the course, you will have created your own two-minute digital story based on your research. The workshop will walk you through drafting a compelling narration that will keep your audience’s attention, how to plan and acquire images to illustrate your narrative (including copyright and subject consent considerations), and instruction on how to create your video using the WeVideo software (participants will be granted a University licence to use the software). 


Course Outcomes/ Objectives:

  • How to write a good narrative: key to getting the important information across to your audience and keeping them engaged until the end of your video. 
  • Planning your video through storyboarding: key to saving you time in the long-run! 
  • Free and legal image sourcing: how to source images to illustrate your research story and keep yourself on the right side of the law. 
  • Creating your video: with our easy-to-use software, you’ll be able to create an eye-catching and professional-looking video quickly with little or no previous experience.

This course will run twice a year with an open session in autumn and a closed session for Images of Research participants in spring.

Find out more about digital storytelling here: https://www.strath.ac.uk/workwithus/publicengagement/publicevents/imagesofresearch/digitalstorytelling/  



We are committed to ensuring our events and courses are accessible to all staff. If you feel you have a disability, health issue, or neurodivergent condition that may affect your ability to access, participate or engage in this course, please get in touch with us at osdu@strath.ac.uk to discuss your specific support requirements.

Delivered By: Janine Capaldi, KE Engagement Co-ordinator / Images of Research project manager


No video or graphics experience is required to undertake this course. Please bring a laptop for the practical elements of the workshop. If you do not have access to a laptop, please get in touch with the course tutor or spiral@strath.ac.uk. There will be some activities to complete after the workshop, enabling you to create your own digital story by the end of the course. In order to gain credit for this course, all activities must be reviewed and accepted by the course tutor.

Cancellation Policy

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* to your department if you cancel within 5** working days or you do not attend, and a £25 charge for cancellations/ non-attendance between 6 and 10 working days. There will be no charge for cancellation made 10 or more working days before the event. Notifications should be made to OSDU@strath.ac.uk

A department is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary pre-requisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you must attend ALL parts of the course. If you fail to attend any part you will be charged as outlined above.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of course of 1 days duration or less. For some courses there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

**Any bookings made within 10 days of the event will incur the charges as specified.