In the Liberal Arts

Resources for Assessing Digital Story Curriculum

Jason Ohler’s Digital Storytelling and New Media website covers:

  • rubrics
  • basic assessment traits
  • digital story assessment traits
  • approaches for advisors of digital stories
  • approaches for external reviewers (i.e. peers) of digital stories

Indiana University’s webpage on assessment resources for Digital Storytelling includes subjects such as:

  • What digital storytelling can and cannot do
  • When to use digital storytelling and when is it not ideal
  • Role of reflection (or storytelling) in your course
  • Initial considerations

Sample Rubrics


Sample holistic rubric from Samantha Morra (PDF Link)



Sample holistic rubric from Dr. Dan Trudeau (.docx Link)

ADA Compliancy

The Americans with Disabilities Act & Web Accessibility offers suggestions for making accessible videos; read more about those requirements here.

Tips for making a Digital Story ADA compliant (Griffin, 2016):

  • All videos should have closed captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences. Captions should be clear, complete, and synced with the speech. Relevant sound effects should be described, such as [applause] or [doorbell rings].
  • Include an audio description and transcript for blind users.
  • Make sure you’re using a media player that has keyboard-operable controls to accommodate people who cannot use a mouse.

Additional ADA Compliancy Resources

Accessible Videos – How to Make Audio Descriptions

Accessible Videos – How to Caption Videos

Accessible Videos – Use a 508-Compliant Video Player

Accessible Videos—Why (and How) to Make Them

Iowa State University – Create ADA-Compliant Video Captions