A Spring 2011 ds106 alum (the semester ds106 broke!) tweeted me tonight for the first time in a long while. She was an amazing student and she was one of the first to really pickup and run with submitting her own assignments for others to do that semester (she’s also a gifted illustrator). And I have to say what she tweeted was somewhat bizarre:
Reading the bava in a graduate education class? That sounds like academic heresy 🙂 And she followed-up with this:
While a far too kind overstatement, it made my day given I had just finished flailing through my hardboiled fiction freshman seminar. I had failed miserably to communicate the magic of Hammett’s Red Harvest and I was beating myself up about it. Seeing Erin’s tweets reinforced how much time, energy and failure goes into making something work. ds106 failed a lot of times before it took off (and still fails regularly), and in the end it’s the students that made it amazing. So here’s to UMW’s ds106ers and beyond, you’re pretty much the embodiment of what students should be in the “Net Generation.” There are too many to name here, but you all know who you are and that you’re #4life! Now back to Hammett, I will crack this nut yet!