Yesterday Martha Burtis, Alan Levine, and I sat down virtually with Anya Kamenetz for an interview about ds106. The interview will be the basis of a piece Anya will writing about ds106 as part of the Reclaim Open Innovation contest it was awarded in early September.
It was a fun discussion that covered a lot of ground. I particularly enjoyed when we talked about how having your own domain and web host might actually be important. I found Martha’s discussion of the metaphysical power of naming a space online you control and manage really compelling. I mean is mine, I named it. I brought it into being and have filled it with thoughts for almost eight years now. I’ve isnpired life into a virtual void. This process has been unbelievably important to me as an edtech professional, a writer, and a thinker. The fact that ds106 uses this reality as a departure point for everyone who takes the course is really cool, it’s hard not to fall in love with this class-cum-community again and again.