Dr Elizabeth Heck - Round 1, 2018 Champion

Teaching creative storytelling through digital technology

Dr Elizabeth Heck is passionate about supporting community connections and helping people to learn digital communication skills that enable them to share their personal stories with the world. She believes the heart of the community is where innovation lies, and that new ideas can be shared through the power of participatory media practices.

As a PhD graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, Elizabeth explored social learning and the use of co-creative media in community arts and cultural contexts. She is an active member of the Australian Teachers of Media, Queensland (ATOM Qld) and shares her knowledge through conferences, journal articles and professional development workshops for teachers.

Elizabeth delivers digital media workshops that teach a diverse range of participants about all aspects of digital storytelling, including how to capture quality video and audio.

As a Community Digital Champion, Elizabeth will be working with Samford Commons to deliver hands-on community development activities, including:

  • digital media workshops that teach participants how to plan a story or digital video, build an effective strategy for sharing stories, and learn technology-driven storytelling media practices
  • a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Immersion Program for secondary school students in South East Queensland to build knowledge and capability within STEAM subjects while embracing the concepts of culture, leadership and innovation.
  • and facilitate ‘digi drop in’ sessions at the local community library.

Elizabeth is founder of Participate Media Arts, building the capacity of local businesses and schools through her work in digital media and future thinking sustainable environmental practices.


Elizabeth is nominated by: Samford Commons

Teaching creative storytelling through digital technology

Dr Elizabeth Heck is passionate about supporting community connections and helping people to learn digital communication skills that enable them to share their personal stories with the world. She believes the heart of the community is where innovation lies, and that new ideas can be shared through the power of participatory media practices.

As a PhD graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, Elizabeth explored social learning and the use of co-creative media in community arts and cultural contexts. She is an active member of the Australian Teachers of Media, Queensland (ATOM Qld) and shares her knowledge through conferences, journal articles and professional development workshops for teachers.

Elizabeth delivers digital media workshops that teach a diverse range of participants about all aspects of digital storytelling, including how to capture quality video and audio.

As a Community Digital Champion, Elizabeth will be working with Samford Commons to deliver hands-on community development activities, including:

  • digital media workshops that teach participants how to plan a story or digital video, build an effective strategy for sharing stories, and learn technology-driven storytelling media practices
  • a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Immersion Program for secondary school students in South East Queensland to build knowledge and capability within STEAM subjects while embracing the concepts of culture, leadership and innovation.
  • and facilitate ‘digi drop in’ sessions at the local community library.

Elizabeth is founder of Participate Media Arts, building the capacity of local businesses and schools through her work in digital media and future thinking sustainable environmental practices.


Elizabeth is nominated by: Samford Commons