A couple of days ago I had a discussion with Gerry Bayne of EDUCAUSE Now fame about ds106, the digital storytelling course Martha Burtis and I have been experimenting with at UMW. It’s a useful overview of the course and I think I capture the spirit of the experiment, the only thing it really misses is just how many people around the web helped to make this course so fun. In February Alan Levine, Martha Burtis, Gardner Campbell and I had a discussion with Gerry about ds106 that was a much more intense and free wheeling, unfortunately that one has gone missing and I really hope it shows up again because that interview was a ton of fun.
As for ds106, it has been a total panic to teach, and the Dr. O’Blivion experiment this Summer has been epic in many regards. What’s more, the whole teaching face-to-face, online course, and entirely open, invitational online courses has been a huge shot of energy for DTLT more generally. We are swirling with ideas, we have been experimenting like never before, and we are having a ton of fun. I can;t think of anything better for a cutting edge instructional technology group like ours, and I highly recommend it to others. All that said, I for one am absolutely burnt out. Of the 210 posts I wrote over the last 7 months, 200 of them have been about ds106 (including this one). It has consumed me and my blog entirely, and I think I need a little breathing room from the whole thing to try and understand it a bit. I was recently given the opportunity to teach ds106 again at UMW this Fall, but I think I am gonna have to pass it up just so that I can become a normal human being again. I have two more days of class before I finish the Summer of Oblivion, and right now that is more than enough to keep up with. But in the end, ds106 has been the greatest thing that has happened to me as a teacher, instructional technologist, and web denizen to date—it was a total b-movie blast and the coolest thing I have ever done professionally. #4life!!!