Assignment Riffing: What Happens in DS106 Does Not Stay in DS106

876d6751f72fd4787ae953bb097af902?s=47 Alan Levine
January 05, 2015

Assignment Riffing: What Happens in DS106 Does Not Stay in DS106

part of a panel session at MLA 15 "Visionary Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century: Teaching the Humanities with Digital Technology"

Unlike MOOCs (of c and x variety), his open digital story course ds106 uniquely stands as more than one course, but as overlapping ones from multiple institutions with a cloud of open participants. Its Internet radio station and Daily Create challenges offer opportunities outside the course. An open assignment bank not only gives flexibility to choose assignments, but also invites participants to add new ones, a living example of the “adjacent possible” in a course. It may appear ludicrous to house assignments for editing images of famous paintings to include fat cats, creating poetry from titles of songs, or putting fast food in the hands of internet pioneers, but the media created are not the end goals in ds106. Participants open their apertures of creative interpretation, incorporate works of others in a constructive fashion, and narrate their creative process. A frequent spirit of spontaneous "riffing" occurs, not unlike that of improvisational jazz musicians, that ripples far beyond the confines of one course.

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Alan Levine

January 05, 2015