Digital Storytelling Course

A course co-taught by WSUV Professor Dene Grigar and the Chief Ranger & Historian at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Greg Shine, began this past week.

Mobile Storytelling (DTC 354) this semester will use the Women and Domestic Life at the Village phase of the FVMobile project as the working centerpiece. Students meet twice a week, with the second meeting each week typically occurring at the Fort Vancouver site. They will have the opportunity to contribute to the project as part of their work in the class, and to bring their insights and ideas into the project.

The on site work will enable the students to have a greater sense of the stories they will tell through the mobile device, and allow them the chance to test them out in the place they are designed to be used. An overnight stay at the Fort might also be in the cards, to force the students to disconnect from the technology of today and live as its original inhabitants did.

Fort Vancouver Mobile Team Discusses Present, Future

The Fort Vancouver Mobile Project team met earlier today in the overflowing “skybox” office  on WSUV’s campus. Brett Oppegaard led the meeting, and reviewed the projects ongoing and future projects.

The team featured people from Fort Vancouver’s staff , Videographers Forrest Burger and Troy Wayrynen, members from the Ke Kukui Fondation, content createor Brady Berkenmeier, graphic designer Marsha Matta, CMDC professors John Barber and Dene Grigar, History professor Steve Fountain, web developer Joe Oppegaard, and the Director of New and Social Media for the National Park Service John Tobiason, among others.

Having garnered $83,000 thus far in grants, the project has received support from the NEH, the Clark County Historical Promotion Grant, Washington State University Vancouver, and the Creative Media and Digital Culture programs. Forthcoming blogs will detail some more of what the project has in store for the coming year!

(Special thanks to Kerri Lingo for her copious notes from the proceedings!!!)

Director of New and Social Media for the National Park Service to visit

The Creative Media and Digital Culture (CMDC) program at WSUV will host a visit with John Tobiason, the Director of New and Social Media for the National Park Service, from December 11-14.

While visiting Vancouver, he plans on trying out the Fort Vancouver Mobile App (FVM) at the site, and as well as exploring future collaborations with FVM leaders Brett Oppegaard and Dene Grigar and the rest of the team. We are excited to have him here, and will post more details as they become available.


First, for those of you in the Vancouver, WA-Portland, OR, surrounding areas, Fort Vancouver offers a Christmas at the Fort event on Saturday, December 10.

Now on to the links….




A few links from around the Web on the latest in mobile storytelling and mobile application innovations and uses:

Finally, for those who haven’t seen it, Brett Oppegaard runs a Mobile Storytelling website with plenty of further resources and links on the subject.

Fort Vancouver Mobile Project Gets Special Designation

The Fort Vancouver Mobile Project recently received one of two national “Call to Action” designations. from the Fort Vancouver National Historic Sites (FVHS). This indicates the importance that the FVHS feels about its mobile accompaniment.

The project was described in part as follows:

“A partnership between FOVA and the Creative Media and Digital Culture (CMDC) Department at Washington State University Vancouver, is utilizing the talents of student and professor digital artists and storytellers to create a free smartphone app that helps connect visitors to the significance of this national park. Recognized as a nationally significant program through the recent awarding of a NEH Digital Start-up Grant, it is in its second year of 1) utilizing the talents of students and professors in digital humanities and 2) engaging the digital humanities and arts community to connect the public to park stories in new, creative new ways.”