Travis Past

Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan


Hi, I'm Travis Past. I've been living and teaching in Japan for 10 years and am currently with the School of International Studies and Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya. I'm still fairly new to the CALL field, but am interested in MALL, Digital Storytelling, Peer collaboration and feedback, community building.


Show & Tell Presentation Once upon a time: Enhancing interaction on Flipgrid through collaborative storytelling more

Sun, Jun 6, 11:30-12:00 Asia/Tokyo

This presentation reports on an action research project which used collaborative digital storytelling activities to help increase student communication, engagement, interaction, and motivation in an asynchronous classroom. An intact class of university students (n=17) participated in a 3-week study where they used Flipgrid (video sharing platform) to co-construct narrative stories. Participant motivation and engagement was measured through a qualitative survey. Storytelling has been considered a useful exercise for language learners because it offers opportunity for meaning-focused use of the target language through narrative structures. While there is a gap in research on collaborative storytelling, an added benefit of it is that learners must negotiate for meaning as they co-construct a single story. With the current need for online classes, platforms such as Flipgrid, learners are able to easily create, share, and respond to each other’s videos. While preliminary, results suggest that online collaborative digital storytelling will enrich the asynchronous classroom.

Travis Past