Task 2: write a digital narrative outline
Write a brief outline for an original digital narrative project. Your digital narrative should tell a story as well as utilising one or more of the unique features of digital networked media. So for a more linear narrative, consider how it might be broken into modules, how your audience might participate in the project, or how you might promote the work online. For a more interactive narrative, consider how your audience will access each scene and how they will participate in the unfolding of the narrative. Your digital narrative can be about anything you like – but it needs to be doable with the tools and skills you have at hand.
Post this task on your personal blog. Word count: approximately 500 words (See ‘Word count: can I exceed it?’ on the Study FAQs page).
- tell a story
The story is about RMIT history. As I can find on school website, ‘RMIT University started its life as the Working Men’s College on 7 June 1887. It adopted the motto “Perita manus, mens exculta” – a skilled hand, a cultivated mind – which continues to be used by the University today.'(History of RMIT on RMIT website) There is over a centurial year history/story that it can tell. The background story is the history of RMIT but I will focus on the big events and architecture of RMIT following the timeline. I think the best way to tell this story is by using the digital narrative format of webdoc.
- how it might be broken into modules
The RMIT website outlined timeline of the history of RMIT from 1887 to 2015. The history of RMIT has already broke the stories into separated modules by years. Every single year of RMIT has its own isolated story, but audience would be felt boring if the webdoc presents all the stories. So it’s necessary to select some good stories to tell.
- how your audience might participate in the project, or how you might promote the work online
Social media is a low cost marketing tool to share the URL of this webdoc.
- Link the webdoc on Facebook and Twitter.
- making a Facebook page for the webdoc.
- Photosharing on Pinterest and Polyvore. It allows me to share the visual content that is related to the webdoc and link back to the webdoc.
- WordPress. Write a blog entry for the webdoc and share it on my Facebook, Twitter and so on.
- consider how your audience will access each scene and how they will participate in the unfolding of the narrative
Target audience: The original idea of this webdoc would be to cover the students of RMIT and some people who are interested in applying future studies in RMIT also including student’s parents. According to the feature of interactive documentary, the story can be told in two ways.
- The story will be told in a linear structure within the timeline. Audience can skip it by clicking or scrolling down images.
- The story will be set behind a map, it allows audience to click on different RMIT campus buildings to reach different stories which the stories also can be told in a non- linear structure.
Photo Collection Gallery (The RMIT / RMIT buildings in your eyes) will be opened for audience / users to upload the pictures they took (should relevant to the buildings or events) on the interface of photo collection gallery of the webdoc.
History of RMIT, viewed 20th March 2016, <https://www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-heritage/history-of-rmit/>