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This article finds that thenew virtual learning environments comprise more spaces and practices in whichdigital resources, tools, and applications are used. The article introduces howdigital storytelling can create virtual learning environments when it is usedfor learning 21st-century skills and competencies needed in students’future working life. The study describes how students n = 319 in threecountries and their teachers n = 28 value digital storytelling and what theythink students have learned. Their experiences are analyzed using a theoreticalconceptualization of the global sharing pedagogy that sets categories ofprocesses or tools as mediators: 1 learner-driven knowledge and skillscreation, 2 collaboration, 3 networking, and 4 digital literacy. Analyseshave been quantitative and qualitative. The article describes students’experiences when they created their digital stories and how they engaged inlearning. The major findings are that students enjoyed creating their stories,and they were very engaged in their work. They learned many 21st-centuryskills when creating their digital stories.


Digital Story Telling, Learning, 21st-Century Skills, Videos, Collaboration, Engagement

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Niemi, H. , Harju, V. , Vivitsou, M. , Viitanen, K. , Multisilta, J. and Kuokkanen, A. 2014 Digital Storytelling for 21st-Century Skills in Virtual Learning Environments. Creative Education, 5, 657-671. doi: 10.4236-ce.2014.59078.

Author: Hannele Niemi, Vilhelmiina Harju, Marianna Vivitsou, Kirsi Viitanen, Jari Multisilta, Anne Kuokkanen



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