Welcome to ds106, watching the eight minute video for my a rather unofficial introduction:
Assignments for Week 1:
A Quick introduction
By way of introduction tell us all a story about something that happened to you recently. It can be video, audio images, good old text, or any other tool you like. If you like restrictions, try and tell it quick (no more than 30 seconds in terms of audio or video—-extrapolate out from there for the other media).
A Domain of One’s Own: Webhost and Domain
Week 1 will be dedicated to have those interested in getting up and running with their own domain and webhost setup. If you have had the itch to take this plunge, now is a good time to try it out cause there are a lot of people involved in this course who could help you along. What’s more, we could all benefit from hearing about your experience. You can view the assignment and respective tutorials I have provided at the following link: http://ds106.us/2011/01/12/domain-and-webhosting/ I encourage you to add more resources for this process to the comments of that post, or in the course wiki, the more documentation, the better.
I particularly hope Brian Lamb and Martin Weller will get off their asses and set up their own webhost account and manage their own blogs (that goes for you too Blackall!). As D’Arcy Norman would say they’re “corporate sharecroppers,” unless of course their blogs were hosted by the Apple App store—in that case they would be freedom fighters (nothing like starting off this class with a smackdown for my friends 😉 ).
Gearing up for week 2
Already folks have started reading, watching and responding to Gardner Campbell‘s “Personal Cyberinfrastructure” essay as well as the companion video “No Digital Facelifts” (you can find them both here). This will be the focus of the course leading into week two, which will culminate with Gardner Campbell live video streaming for everyone to enjoy on Thursday, January 20th at 6:00 PM (EST)—and yes we will be archiving and sharing this talk after the fact.
And if you want to see what folks have already done with Gardner’s seminal discussion of carving out a domain of one’s own and its implications for teaching and learning, check out Tom Woodward’s Remix of the talk, along with Grant Potter’s remix of Tom’s remix Not to mention Lisa Lane’s discussion of Gardner’s ideas here, which I’ll take a small quote from below:
The practices of narrating, curating, and sharing could put the control back in faculty hands. It’s true that it needs to be in student hands, of course, but for faculty to serve as a model (as Gardner writes in his article) they must somehow free themselves from the autocracy that has emerged along with the technologies.
And all this before we are even out the gate!!!!
So, like my partner in crime has noted so eloquently here, it is time to push yourself beyond your creative comfort zone, time for us to wrestle honestly with the future of education through praxis and engagement and, more than anything else in my book, it’s time to make some damned art already. Let’s go!!!!