Everyone has a personal story. Everyone belongs to a culture. Storytelling allows people to share personal accounts and cultural perspectives in ways that are unique and individual, yet in some ways, universal.

Teshia Roby, PhD
OPUS Collective Founder, Story Facilitator

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Original, human element digital stories that cover a variety of topics

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About the OPUS Collective

It all starts with a memory.


The OPUS Collective. OPUS stands for Offering Perspective Using Storytelling. The collective promotes culture inclusion, curriculum enhancement, and advocacy promotion through digital storytelling. Original, human element and culture inclusive stories for the curriculum or advocacy developed by students, teachers and faculty are included on this site.


Storytelling allows people to share personal and cultural accounts and perspectives in ways that are unique and individual, yet have the potentiality of being transsituational and transcultural. The technique of digital storytelling requires the storyteller to conjer a memory, do a great deal of introspection with regard to that memory, and write. Personal artifacts such as old pictures, home movies, a passport, old letters, drawings, a piece of clothing, a birth certificate, etc., and accompanying music and sound effects are used to help reveal the story, and work in concert with the most important component of a digital story: the storyteller's own speaking voice.


Content Related Digital Storytelling


Stories contained in the OPUS Collective were developed by students in the College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona who enrolled in a course called Culture-Inclusive Digital Storytelling for the Curriculum. The course is designed to teach the principles and application of the full life cycle of cultural or identity inclusive digital storytelling and uses of the Content-Related Digital Storytelling (CoRDS) Model developed by Dr. Teshia Roby to fully develop the written and digital story. During the course, students learn about the benefits of using digital storytelling to provide human element and cultural perspective to share identity, address a learning opportunity, or offer a position of advocacy. As a requirement of the course, students develop a digital story that has personal, cultural, or curricular relevance. Students also develop a lesson plan or common-ground activity for their chosen professional setting that includes digital storytelling as an integral part of the lesson or activity. Each story included in the OPUS Collective appears by explicit permission from the storyteller.


From stories about teaching, to stories about family, to stories about love, community and more, the OPUS Collective contains insightful perspectives from a collection of interesting people with a story to share.

I want to thank every storyteller whose digital story appears in the OPUS Collective. Thank you for trusting me to help you tell your story, and for allowing story listeners everywhere to know your truth.

Teshia Roby, PhD

OPUS Collective Founder, Story Facilitator

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