The Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project, also known as #IDSP, was designed for students at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) involved in immersive learning activities affiliated with their academic experiences. Students had the option to take this open and directed study framework for 1 credit (15 hours) with the goal of maximizing the potential for personal intercultural competence (ICC) development through peer interaction, self-reflection, design, and digital media. Spanning a total of 8 months, the 2015 pilot initiative involved six students and two project coordinators who facilitated a learning series that covered inductive research, experiential reflection methods, story writing, and multimedia creation.
The IDSP Fellowship experience was designed to around 5 key competencies: immersive learning, inductive research, peer mentorship, reflection, and digital media. The year-long timeline supports fellows in by guideing them through the development of these skills.