Connected Courses: The Case of ds106

Back in July a number of folks met at UC Irvine to plan and design the open, online, and very connected course that officially launches next week. That’s right, you guessed it: Connected Courses. I’m proud to be part of this group, and I’m getting excited for what’s to come over the next twelve weeks. While in Irvine I gave what was supposed to be a 20 minute talk (I took 38 minutes) to discuss some of the elements of ds106 that might help define at least one approach to framing a connected course. This was loosely based on the “Open is as Open Does” talk I did with Martha Burtis at VCU last February. That talk has provided me a very useful model for thinking more broadly about the design of this course along the lines of platform, pedagogy, and community, and is the basis of a book chapter Martha and I are writing about ds106. It’s far from a perfect talk, as usual, but I think it begins to open up some of the various approaches possible once your recognize the web as something you and your students must inhabit to teach a connected course.

I want to thank Jamieson Pond of the Digital Media Lab for making this video presentable, and dealing with my refusal to stay in one place while talking.

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