I’ve signed up for the latest incarnation of #DS106 – Headless DS106, it starts tomorrow, the same day that I start back to work after summer break. I am really looking forward to it.
What is DS106?
DS106 is a course about Digital Storytelling, with University of Mary Washington students who are taking the course for credit, and online participants who are not taking the course for credit, share their learning in a vibrant, supportive community of learners. Jim Groom has described DS106 as “a class where they invite students to create their own narrative in their own space in their own way…the class is about them framing their identity out in the open.”
In my PLN (Personal Learning Network) of connected educators from around the world, DS106 is a Mooc that has achieved near-mythic status. It is often used as an example of open learning, a course that was purposely designed to be open, connected and social; participants have always contributed to the site and the course as they saw fit, and many continue to contribute after their section of the course has ended. The DS106 site is the hub for a strong, active community who post and comment on assignments and add new assignments and ideas, it also contains a blog hub, a collection of blog posts about DS106 from participants around the world, and a link to DS106 radio.
I first learned about DS106 in February from Allan Levine (@cogdog) during an #Etmooc session about Digital Storytelling (here is a link to the archive and this is an extensive list of links that were shared during the session.) Since then I have followed @cogdog, @jimgroom and #ds106 and I have even tried a few of their Daily Creates (daily creative challenges) but it turns out that it can be a challenge to be creative in a specific way on demand. I am looking forward to participating in DS106 in a more structured way. I am making a commitment to participate, although I know that how I participate is up to me; and I am looking forward to sharing my learning with the cohort who is taking #DS106 at the same time as I am.
Since January 2011, each incarnation of DS106 has had a live cohort at Mary Washington and other Universities. This semester a live course is not being offered but Allan Levine (@cogdog), suggested that a session could be set up based on previous iterations and the exiting infrastructure; and that people could be invited to participate without a teacher. Headless DS106 – sounds interesting.
I am looking forward to participating in DS106, watching how the community develops among participants, and I have signed up to help encourage participation as one of the leads during the last week of September.
I’d love to create with you. If you’d like to participate in Headless DS106, follow this link to sign up.