All work is due by midnight on Friday, 9/7
Below is a detailed list of what’s to be completed this week.
- Help plot the course: This is your class as well as mine, so I am inviting you to put your own stamp on it. You have the opportunity to give input on the course activities, readings and assignments. I am putting you in groups and creating a Slack channel for each group, where you can collaborate. There are seven groups: writing, photo, audio, design, video, web storytelling and remix/mashup. Each of you will be randomly assigned to one group. Further specific details for each group will be posted in Slack.
- Each group will also work together again to curate a collection of the best work of their weeks on http://thisweekin.ds106.us. So when we have photography week, the photo group will pick out the best work of the class and bring it together in a post. Groups can also establish a sub-theme for their weeks – something relating to the theme and connecting to the media of the week.
- Learn How to Write Assignment Posts: Read this post by Alan Levine on how to write up your assignment posts for ds106. Use this advice to make your posts strong this week! Don’t forget to tag your assignment posts properly!!
- Complete Daily Creates: This week, we will begin to use The Daily Create. The Daily Create is an integral component of ds106. Follow @ds106dc on Twitter and you will get a creative prompt every day. You can also find it by searching the #dailycreate hashtag. The Daily Create comes with instructions about how to submit your work. You must complete at least 3 daily creates this week. Here are the rules:
- You MUST do the Daily Create on the day it comes out. NO EXCEPTION.
- You MUST share your Daily Creates somehow in a post on your blog this week. You can embed them in your Weekly post or you can have a separate post about them that you link to from your Weekly post.
- You should NOT spend more than 15-20 minutes on a Daily Create (Some will take a little as 5 minutes). The idea is get yourself in the habit of doing creative work regularly, not to create a masterpiece everyday!
- Explore the Assignment Bank: This week, we will begin using ds106’s Assignment Bank. This resources includes hundreds of media assignments, divided into different genres. Do 3 assignments of your choice, but make sure you choose them from 3 different categories. Each assignment comes with a “star” rating that estimates its difficulty. A 1 star assignment is estimated to be easier than a 4 star assignment, but how much effort each one actually takes is largely up to you, based on what you want to put into it. These ratings will take on more significance in the coming weeks. The point of the assignments is not so much to do them “right,” but rather to be creative and to push yourselves to experiment with media. Make sure your completed assignments show up in the assignment bank by using the proper two tags, for example, VisualAssignments, VisualAssignments5694. Also, it’s your job to narrate the process, explain your thinking, and tell the story of your creation – see item 2 above on this list.
- Customize Your Blog: This week, we want you to also spend some time customizing and personalizing your blog. WordPress is a powerful tool for publishing on the web. You have tools like tags, categories and menus that you can use to organize your work and space. You can use and customize themes to project an identity and aesthetic. One of your assignments this week is to personalize your blog. What should it say about you, your interests, and your work? The title is the first part of that. Your blog’s title should not be DS106 or My Blog. Those names are not creative, and more importantly, they’re not you. We have a page of WordPress Basics which we saw last week. This gives you some ideas of what you can do with it. Experiment and try things out! You should install the Akismet plugin, or else you will be spammed.
Note: The Disable Comments plugin is not recommended for this course, because commenting on each others blogs is an integral part of what we do here. You will need to moderate comments. You will get an email when people comment on your posts, and you have to approve them before they will show up. Once you approve a commenter, you won’t need to approve that person again.
- Build Your Participation: Participation is not only a component of your grade in this class, it’s also an essential element of building our online community. If you’re doing the work but not actively engaging with everyone else in ds106, then you need to step up your game. Here are three important ways you can build up your participation in ds106:
- Commenting: Commenting is the life’s blood of this class, and it is a large part of your overall work in this course. Read your fellow students’ blogs widely and comment freely. Commenting builds community. You should visit the course site every day to see what people are doing, and comment on a few posts – every day. If you want to be sure we see the comments you left, you should consider linking to them in your Weekly Summary post.
- Twitter: We’ve introduced ourselves on Twitter already. This will be a vital space for the work we’re doing all semester. If you’re not there, you’re missing the conversation, and that can’t help but affect your work. (You may also miss important information, advice, or announcements!) Follow the hashtag #ds106. You can also use Tweetdeck (a Twitter application you can install on your computer) for tracking specific hashtags.
- Responding on Your Own Blog: This is a more advanced from of participation, and it’s indicative of a student who truly understands the meaning of building community in ds106. If you find yourself leaving a very long comment, you have significant thoughts or reactions to a classmate’s work, or someone else’s work inspires you to create something yourself, write up a post on your own blog and be sure to link back to the post that inspired you. It can be incredibly satisfying to discover that something you said or created didn’t just prompt a comment, but inspired someone to write or create something of their own, on their own blog. (You can also use this technique to write about something someone said with which you disagree, but you must always do this in a polite and constructive way!)
- Write your Weekly Summary: Before the end of the day on Friday, write your summary of the week and tag it WeeklySummary. This is your story of the week’s activities, and should include your thoughts on the week and the work you did. Embed or link to the assignments and Daily Creates you did. Talk about how you are participating in and connecting with the class. Submit the URL to your summary to Canvas.