That’s right, ds106 is running again in the Spring of 2012. If you have no idea what ds106 is, read more about it here. We’re still ironing out the syllabus for the Spring 2012 run, but you can see the Syllabus from last Spring here, and the course calendar here. One major change for this semester is there will be no predefined assignments, everyone will simply pick the assignments they want to do based on a rating system. I will explain in more detail how the rating system for assignments will work in another post coming soon.
Also, there will be a daily ds106 assignment generator in which students can do an assignment everyday—or whenever they want—and share it with everyone in the course. These assignments will be very low overhead in terms of time, and will hopefully satisfy the drive-by assignment folks while at the same time providing a space to share and comment on each other’s work. More on this element of the class coming soon as well.
The assignments submission form and repository got an overhaul thanks to the great Martha Burtis, and we are stepping that part of the class up a notch with the rated assignments I mentioned earlier, as well as a space for submitting tutorials and viewing and doing assignments. You can have a sneak peak at the new assignments space here, and you can submit assignments here. Keep in mind we still have some styling to do and everything isn’t moved over yet. I’ll be sure to post about that when it is all done, thank you Martha, the best instructional technologist in the world! —even though she hates that label.
I’ll be teaching a section at UMW starting January 17th, as will the great Alan Levine—but I’ll let him elaborate on that some more on his not-as-great-as-the-bava-blog. What’s more, I believe both Michael Branson Smith and Scott Lockman will be teaching this course at York College and Temple University, Japan respectively, as they did while carrying the ds106 torch this semester. Additionally, I’d like to invite anyone else who might be interested in teaching something like this course—or just parts of it—this Spring semester to simply let me know and we’ll be sure to make it happen.
It’s been a year since the first ds106 open course launched, and the Spring 2010 version was pretty amazing, what made it amazing was that anyone can do as much or as little as they wanted as part of the open, online section and leave the rest. We don’t accept apologies and we don;t believe in guilt, there is no sorry in ds106. Simply come prepared to make some art, have some fun, give some feedback, and leave when you want. That’s it, the for-credit students at each of the respective institutions don’t have the same luxury, but that’s why they are both paying and getting credit for this course and you aren’t.
I think the real power of ds106 from what I have seen so far is the amazing community of feedback, encouragement, and network effects that happen as a result of sharing your work within this community. Give what you wanna get, and come ready to have some fun.
If you are interested do two things:
- Sign up for an account on the ds106.us site and fill out as much information there as possible. If you already have an account on ds106.us then this step is not required—just update any information in your profile that has changed.
- Fill out the form below including your name, email address, and blog URL. All posts tagged (or labelled if you are using blogger) ds106 will be pulled into ds106.us. So please be sure to tag all posts for the course with ds106.
Let’s get it on!