Our Courses


Oct - Nov 2024

Today more than ever being able to tell stories of place through digital media is vital to communities well-being and success.   In this online program participants will learn how to design, develop and create a story telling map using a variety of beginner focused digital tools.  The workshop will be run by StoryCenter’s Joe Lambert, who has worked with a number of members of our community on creating digital stories, but he returns with an integration of media storytelling and mapping, as part of his ongoing Stories-in-Motion workshops (see examples wp.story-mapping.org).  Participants will create a map in either storymaps.com or storymaps.arcgis.com softwares.  Each of a minimum of 6 map points will have a different type of media expression from captioned images, to audio, to interviews, to narrated digital story.  During the seven week online course, you will learn the basics of smart phone media production, digital storytelling, web page design using the ESRI templates, and creating interesting and powerful interactive maps.

Course Description 

The integration of mobile documentary media production with Geographical Information System (GIS) storymapping projects are a critical new literacy for ordinary citizens.  Anyone can now make a tour, provide a visualization of place-based data, design a multimedia page with a range of maps.  At the same time, people are now using the increasingly high quality image, audio and video capacities of mobile devices to produce powerful and effective documents.   This workshop provides you with the skills to begin to explore these processes for your organization, for your town and community, or just for your personal creative interest.

Course Objectives

Our goal is for you to complete a story map about a given geography.   While we will be quite flexible about how you approach that conceptually, we are proposing six objectives.

  1. You will create a map with a minimum of six points/locations with associated media on your map using Storymaps.
  2. For two of the locations, you would create two videos to appear on your map.  They would have a minimum duration of three minutes, and could take the form of a short video interview with or without images to complement the video, or a digital story (personal narration with images). 
  3. You would have two points with audio and an image.
  4. You would have two points with image and text/caption,
  5. You will write an overview/intro/artist statement for your project.
  6. If you choose, you can have your project join our project website (wp.story-mapping.org) or embed/share it in another website/blog/social media.  It is your content to use as you see fit.


You will need a mobile device, phone or tablet, and a personal computer (mac or PC). We will be providing you with a WeVideo account for video editing.   The StoryMap softwares (storymaps.com or storymaps.arcgis.com) range from free to a paid subscription, providing you with a range of design options.  

General Approach

We start with helping you find an area of focus, tied to a geographic location.  Then we work with you to develop a production template that we work with you to plan each part of your process of production and editing.  We then assist you with refinement of your individual media pieces, including production of images, video, audio, and editing.  We work with various levels of experience, since no prerequisite training or experience is required, to make sure you have the best learning opportunity possible.


We will focus a bit less on refining ideas and script writing and more on action than many of our workshops, you should expect to have us spend time presenting concepts, getting feedback, and working on achievable action plans.  There will be out of class office hours to connect with folks individually as well as the class proceeds. 

All classed will run online via Zoom from 1:30 – 3:30 PM Atlantic Standard Time.

Week 1 – October 15 


Project Ideas Circle – Feedback

Week 2 – October 22

Review Project Proposals

Mobile Media Production 

Week 3 – October 29 

WeVideo and Audio Editing Software Overview

Storymaps Overview

Week 4 – November 5

Screen initial video and confirm map proposals

Week 5 -November 12

Project Review-Refinement  and Troubleshooting

Week 6 – November 19

Share Draft Maps with Media for Feedback

Week 7 – November 26

Project Presentations


GMIST will pay the full $1000 fee for each accepted participant.


Please note this is a competitive process so provide as much information as possible.


We will let people know their status on or before September 18, 2024.


For more information please email info@gmist.ca