A Digital Storytelling Group Assignment for Fostering Sense of Belonging of First-Year Students

Andrew Kwok Fai Lui, Maria Hiu Man Poon, Sin Chun Ng

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First-year students are vulnerable to dropout as they make the challenging transition into university life. Students with a strong sense of belonging to their peers are more likely to persist. Various types of interventions aiming at improving the social-emotional well-being of students have been proposed in the literature. Getting students to work together in a non-trivial task, in particular, can conjure interpersonal interaction opportunities. This paper aims to postulate that digital storytelling group assignment is an effective intervention for fostering sense of belonging among first-year students. The key features of the group assignment, the design of the evaluation methodology, and the findings of the study are de-scribed in the paper. The sense of belonging of first-year students was found to increase significantly during the period of the group assignment. In addition, the group assignment was found to be most effective if it was administered in the first few weeks of study. The flexible nature of digital storytelling makes blending into any course straightforward.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBlended Learning. Enhancing Learning Success - 11th International Conference, ICBL 2018, Proceedings
EditorsSimon K. Cheung, Lap-Kei Lee, Lam-for Kwok, Kenichi Kubota, Jumpei Tokito
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event11th International Conference on Blended Learning, ICBL 2018 - Osaka, Japan
Duration: 31 Jul 20182 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10949 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Conference on Blended Learning, ICBL 2018


  • CS1
  • Computing
  • Digital storytelling
  • First-year students
  • Sense of belonging
  • Student retention


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