Your Story Assignment


Digital storytelling is a powerful means to reflect upon and enter into conversations about your leadership. In this case we are looking at self “as leader.” Digital storytelling can be as simplistic as a set of pictures accompanied by narrative and as complex as fully produced videos.  This story should include the factors that brought you into the educational setting and describe the type of leader you were, are, and want to become. In the end, you should state what you believe you are and want to become as a leader. Use at least two of the following domains biological, historical, cultural, political to tell your story; the information below describes these domains and gives you questions to consider. These stories will be posted for your classmates to see. Stories should not exceed 5 minutes.  Information about the foundations of digital story telling can be found in the following short video:  Here are some examples of this project,,,


As a result of completing this assignment, students will be able to:

  • Reflect on their personal development as a leader
  • Summarize the type of leader they were, are and want to become
  • Synthesize content covered in class thus far to contribute to the story
  • Analyze how various domains (biological, historical, cultural, political) influence their leadership


Submission Instructions:  

  1. Upload your video to YouTube (or another video sharing service) and locate and copy the embed code for your video.
  2. Create a new blog post titled “My Story”
  3. Click on the tab that says “Text” (next to Visual)
  4. Paste your embed code
  5. Publish your blog

If you have any trouble with this, let me know and I’ll help you.  Don’t worry. 🙂

A note about creating videos: If you’re very unsure of how to create and post videos, check out the instructional videos  To access these videos, you must go to, click “myCI”, log in with your University credentials, click on “” located on the list of resources on the left.  Then, type the technology tool you’re using in the search box… for instance… you may want to check out the “YouTube Essential Training.”



“Your Story” Four Domains


Historical Contributions to the development of the self:

  • Present a historical event(s) that has impacted your life…include both micro and macro. Make sure you look at this event historically, i.e. what caused it and what were the future ramifications?
  • Micro level events are those that are close to you spatially, geographically, physically, and emotionally.
  • Macro level events are those that are more global. i.e. geography and scope, yet they are equally as important in shaping people’s life and surroundings.
  • Do a generational analysis (look at your ancestors) of what brought you to the place/space you find yourself in at this time in history…personally, professionally and academically.

Biological Contributions to the self:

  • Present pictures of yourself as a youth and compare them to the present…how have you changed?
  • Describe your physical make up and genetic composition and elaborate on where it comes from, i.e. father, mother, grandparents, etc… Though, if you cannot because you do not know this history, imagine what your ancestors looked like based on your genotype and phenotype.
  • Connect your genes to your relatives and see where your dominant composition comes from and what are your more prominent characteristics…do you see this in other relatives or your children?
  • How have you changed and what will you look like in the future?
  • How will this impact what you do from now on?

Cultural Contributions to the development of the self (culture is defined as the unwritten rules that guide the way we live life):

  • What are the values, beliefs and practices that you hold dear and that guide your daily life? How aware are you of these values daily?
  • Where did these values come from and how have they changed through out your life? (be specific)
  • What is the context and conditions that have molded your cultural identity?
  • What does diversity mean to you?
  • When was one time you resisted diversity and why?

Political Contributions to the development of the self (politics in the educational literature is simply defined as who gets what when and how):

  • Explore and describe the construction of your values and beliefs, and their uses.
  • What was your first political action (test your memory)?
  • What is your gender identity and how do you use it?
  • What is your racial composition and what does this mean to the communities where you live, work and play? And what does this mean to you?
  • What is the role of relationships in your life? How do you use these relationships? How do they use you?
  • What do your friends say about you?
  • How do you define power and how do you use it?
  • How do you deal with conflict?


**Assignment adapted from