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ds106 – Consider It

ds106 is the world’s most powerful course – a gale-force of 106-mph so intense it literally knocks socks off your feet.  Here are 106 reasons to tremble in fear and be excited for the ds106 course to reach you.

  1. totoro2It is with you wherever you go (or have internet)
  2. The network is bigger than the class you’re enrolled in
  3. You get to meet some really cool people
  4. The Daily Create
  5. You learn new tools of the trade
  6. You learn how to use other media-hosting websites
  7. Visual Assignments
  8. Camp Magic Macguffin
  9. Jim Groom
  10. Alan Levine
  11. Martha Burtis
  12. etc. – So many amazing leaders & developers out there
  13. You acquire a new language
  14. Video Assignments
  15. There are tutorials for assignments
  16. Call out the community on their lack of responses to an assignment, and get flooded with entries.  YESSSSSS
  17. Things are always changing, always growing
  18. So, the more that technology changes there will be more exciting things that will be added to the experience!
  19. It is an open course
  20. Design Assignments
  21. It engages all your senses
  22. Usign Google is a totally acceptable and encouraged act of investigation
  23. Bagman
  24. It can be as formal or as informal as you desire
  25. It is empowering
  26. Fanfic Assignments
  27. It is on twitter, and what’s not to love about twitter?
  28. It is a civil space on the web
  29. It challenges you to create beyond your comfort zone
  30. The bigger the challenge the more rewarding the results
  31. There are no silly questions
  32. It was, is, and always will be a hot topic
  33. The Remix Machine
  34. You can do assignments from the comfort of your bed, in your jammies, or even in that one class where you really just have to show up get a good grade
  35. You can be in [SPIRE] d
  36. Domain of One’s Own
  37. Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies
  38. Office of Information Technology Services
  39. UMW has a 3d Printer
  40. 3d Printed Assignments
  41. Originality found left and right
  42. There is so much to learn and there are so many things you can do
  43. You learn to see a new perspective
  44. Participation is done on your own time
  45. You get to tell stories
  46. WordPress is amazing.
  47. It’s really not all that expensive if you really break it down
  48. There are a lot of funny people that participate – not everything has to be serious (and vice versa)
  50. There’s a lot of room to re-do things you aren’t satisfied witth
  51. Joining twitter conversations make everything easier and more fun
  52. The more you share the more you care
  53. Open-sharing, open-source, open-ended
  54. Web Assignments
  55. You can make it to the in[SPIRE] page
  56. Your attendance only matters when you’ve been missing a few days (or for some, hours)
  57. There are opportunities to pay it forward
  58. Final projects
  59. Learning to find your own, new, web-voice
  60. The more you sow the more you will definitely be reaping
  61. You never know what you’re going to find
  62. Audio Assignments
  64. You can teach a course
  65. You can read endlessly about a wide array of topics
  66. Animated GIF Assignments
  67. Talky Tina
  68. It’s a community you can turn to even when you’re not a frequent contribute to, and they are friendly!
  69. There’s a Hall of Fame
  70. Information is laid out everywhere for you to pick and choose to learn about
  71. Social Media networking
  72. All the help you aren’t sure you need yet is provided in these really handy lists
  73. Expanding horizons, exploring new worlds
  74. It is encouraging and challenging
  75. It’s more than making art
  76. It’s more than sharing stories
  77. Mashup Assignments
  78. ds106 subreddit (I don’t know what this means but it exists!)
  79. Apparently there’s a book club too?
  80. Lifelong friends
  81. You get to learn about movies you never even heard of before!
  82. You take control of your own digital identity
  83. Say It Like Peanut Butter
  84. Encourages life-long learning and curiosity
  85. There are good expectations:
  86. At the end of your first run through the course you should be able to: “To develop skills in using technology as a tool for networking, sharing, narrating, and creative self-expression”
  87. You will also be able to: “To frame a digital identity wherein you become both a practitioner in and interrogator of various new modes of networking”
  88. And lastly: “To critically examine the digital landscape of communication technologies as emergent narrative forms and genres”
  89. Same goes for the music, but a lot of the music is just amazing
  90. It’s easy to get started
  91. And if you don’t feel like you didn’t meet those expectations you could give it another go
  92. Writing Assignments
  93. Having a radio show archive
  94. Don’t like an assignment?  Submit your own!
  95. You can ds106 on the road, in a different state, in a different country
  96. You begin to challenge and question the world around you in ways you never anticipated before
  97. All the GIFs
  98. All you have to do is tweet and there’s someone out there willing to help you with your problems
  99. A new sense of web-confidence
  100. A new sense of web-competence
  101. It is a community
  102. (It’s basically a cult)
  103. It is continual
  104. It is contagious
  105. ds106 radio
  106. It is 4life


  1. Wow, this is really such a wonderful list, and testament to the experience being for you, maybe more than just a class. Thanks for contributing to ds106.

    This might be a future daily create, cause there are easily another 106 to list.

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 02:56 | Permalink
  2. melindakumi wrote:

    This would be such a marvelous daily create! It’s fun to see how ds106 transforms from semester to semester, and it’s high time to get rolling on the grateful train.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 01:56 | Permalink

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