Digital Story Artifact


View my Adobe Spark video here.

For this week’s artifact, we created a digital story demonstrating the personalization principle. According to Clark & Mayer (2016), learning occurs more deeply when conversational language is used rather than formal language. To practice the implementation of the personalization principle, we were tasked with creating a digital story through a narrated video using Adobe Spark.

This assignment offered a prime opportunity to develop an artifact which highlights my approach to teaching history. I created a video that emphasizes individuality in the study of history – in other words, an exploration of how regular, everyday people can expand our understanding of the past beyond the scope of textbooks and traditional history. This is a video I can see using with my students in the first week of class.

Overall, I enjoyed using Adobe Spark. The application was easy to use with features intuitively designed. I created the entire video on my iPad for free exclusively within the Adobe Spark app. A number of publication options exist, which made sharing really easy to do. The only two criticisms I have with the tool were the limited number of themes and the inability to edit the audio, both of which are minor isssues.

Meeting the Objectives

The following AECT objectives aligned with this assignment:

  • 3.1 Creating: Candidates create instructional design products based on learning principles and research-based best practices.
  • 3.2 Using: Candidates make professionally sound decisions in selecting appropriate processes and resources to provide optimal conditions for learning based on principles, theories, and effective practices.

As mentioned in prior blog posts, this assignment meets objectives 3.1 and 3.2 because we are being asked to create real-world educational products based on multimedia theories found in the literature. In this case, we used Adobe Spark to create a digital story using conversational narration which demonstrates the personalization principle.


Clark, R. C., & Mayer, R. E. (2016). E-learning and the science of instruction, 4th edition. Pfeiffer: San Francisco, CA.


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