Maggie Stough’s Highlight Reel from Noir106
There were many, many amazing things about this semester’s noir-themed version of ds106. And I want to try and capture some of them before they slip into oblivion over the next couple of weeks. I’ll start with one of the more radical moves we’ve taken with this class in a long while: including UMW student Maggie Stough, who took the course in the fall, to help design the spring edition. Maggie was part of the planning process from the very beginning, and helped us broaden the original vision of the class from Tech Noir to the Noir genre more broadly—which worked brilliantly and allowed for far more play.
On top of helping us build the syllabus and frame the narrative arc of the course, she created a transmedia narrative which really took off during the last five weeks of the semester. It propelled the course into brave new territory that we really haven’t explored yet. Students creating characters, building out detective agencies, and articulating complex stories around a series of cases we provided. It was truly a remarkable framework for designing engaged, interactive, and student-driven curriculum. Her work was nothing short of genius, and she documented the whole process on her Noir106 Archive site.
So let this post be a testament to the awesome work Maggie contributed to noir106 as both a student and an instructor, as well as a place holder to note we have only yet begun to imagine the full implications of what Maggie has helped us build in noir106 for the comingiterations of the multi-headed hydra of a creative course!