I have to thank you (and your cohorts) for the awesome ds106 assignment bank.
My digital media students and I have been using it as an absolutely vital resource since the beginning and it continues to delight and amaze.
Thanks for building and maintaining a terrific learning/teaching tool. I love it!
Yesterday I got the above email from one of my WordPress plugin writing heroes who will have to remain anonymous for now because I was too impatient to wait to get permission to name him 😉 It’s really cool to see how an idea dreamed up by Tom Woodward became a working model built by Martha Burtis and is now abstracted as a theme for WordPress coded by Alan Levine that soon anyone can download for free.
The assignment bank is, for me, probably the most impressively participatory element of ds106—and I think it can easily be re-imagined for a wide range of applications beyond digital storytelling. Mike Caulfield is doing just that with his innovative, cross-instituitonal experiment Water106.
It’s nice to think there’s a school out there somewhere that may not necessarily be part of the community, but is having fun with the assignment bank—that’s the whole idea! And it’s even cooler to think such a model could propagate at a thousand different schools populated by hundreds of thousands of students with millions of assignments 🙂 The web contains multitudes, which is distinct from massive in some important ways.