This is the first of several posts related to the DS106 course I’m taking as an open-internet participant.
Here is a short description of DS106, taken as excerpts from the about DS106 page:
Digital Storytelling (also affectionately known as ds106) is an open, online course … you can join in whenever you like and leave whenever you need. This course is free to anyone who wants to take it, and the only requirements are a real computer (none of those wimpy ass iPads), a hardy internet connection, a domain of your own, some commodity web hosting, and all the creativity you can muster (and we’ll spend time helping you get up and running with at least two of the last three requirements).
As an emerging area of creative work, the definition of digital storytelling is still the subject of much debate.
In many ways this course will be part storytelling workshop, part technology training, and, most importantly, part critical interrogation of the digital landscape that is ever increasingly mediating how we communicate with one another.
The course objectives are rather straightforward:
- Develop skills in using technology as a tool for networking, sharing, narrating, and creative self-expression
- Frame a digital identity wherein you become both a practitioner in and interrogator of various new modes of networking
- Critically examine the digital landscape of communication technologies as emergent narrative forms and genres
I look forward to engaging in this interesting and important field of study. I hope to take the lessons learned and share them with my learning communities, here in Colorado and around the world. Feel free to join me in this critical discussion, you can register yourself at http://ds106.us/register/ and contribute to the discussion on your own blog, and stay in touch via the ds106 twitter feed.