Author Archives: Brianna Derr

About Brianna Derr

Originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Brianna earned her BA from Penn State in Film/Video Communications and has been working as a freelance editor and videographer in recent years and also served as Director of Film Programming for Box of Light, a digital arts studio located in Bloomsburg, PA. Brianna received her certificate in Digital Storytelling in the Spring of 2014 from the University of Colorado Denver in partnership with The Center for Digital Storytelling now called StoryCenter. Brianna works with students and faculty to integrate video and digital media into the course curriculum. What she enjoys most about meeting and working with students and faculty is sharing the creative process and aiding in the discovery of new innovative ways to educate. Areas of expertise: Digital Pedagogy, Digital Scholarship, Digital Storytelling, Documentary Films, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, Motion, Grant-funded projects, Green Screens, iBooks, Instructional Design, iPad Rigs, Podcasting, Video Production, WordPress

What is a Digital Critique?

The digital critique is a short multi modal communication piece that reflects the author’s engagement (that’s you) with the story, and therefore engages others. The story told should be of interest to the author, something that touches him/her on a deeper level.

The digital critique is a unique exercise in strengthening digital literacy skills, communication skills, creative thinking, and deepening the level of content not just through a textual context but also through images, sound, composition, and pacing. The author must engage in and draw upon multiple elements to complete the Digital critique. It’s an art form. Your story should be unique, original, and evoke a response in you. If it doesn’t matter to you, it won’t matter to your audience.

A Digital Critique combines the same elements as a written essay. It will contain an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Before you begin your digital critique, consider your purpose and your target audience. What do you have to say and to whom? How much does your audience already know about the subject matter? What should they know? What is your story and what elements will help aid in the delivery of your story? The use of iconic images, a solid narration, appropriate transitions, and effective music will help strengthen your point of view.