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Category: ds106

Work I’ve done for my digital storytelling class, also called ds106

Where we’re going, where we’ve been

Austin Skyline at DuskAustin Skyline at Dusk by Randall Chancellor

 

Right now I am sitting at work, watching the minutes tick by until I have to field a call from a distance learning company to see if I can cajole them into paying me a living wage. Later I’ll have to squeeze in another phone call for a research position. Both jobs are in Austin, Texas. I live 1,500 miles away, and I’ve told my interviewers that I’ll be living in the city by the last day in September. That’s one day after I turn 26 and get booted off my parent’s health insurance plan, and one day before my landlady can legally evict me from the condo I’ve been living in, which she suddenly decided to sell.

I feel like I am going to puke.

ds106: teaching an ethos

My final paper is proceeding apace. And by “apace” I mean WHY DID I SIGN UP FOR THIS LAST SEMESTER? What made me think this was a good plan? DEAR GOD I GRADUATE IN TWO MONTHS!

Panicking aside, I’ve made some decent progress on sorting out how I want to conclude my paper, and how I’m going to get there (kudos to my adviser Dr. Whalen for all the awesome conversations in that vein).

First and foremost, I think that for the purposes of this paper I’m going to define online learning as a branch of edtech. It makes a lot of sense to me: anything that happens on the internet is facilitated by technology, which, to my thinking, makes online education a function of educational technology. Therefore, when I use to the term “educational technology” or “edtech,” I’m also referring to online courses, open and otherwise. I hope to use “edtech” as an umbrella term, and then narrow my terminology when needed, such as when I’m referring to open educational resources or massively open online courses in specific. Then again, if that usage is completely wonky in the actual edtech/online ed world, I’d love some feedback so I’m not producing a paper that’s unintelligable.

I think one of the struggles I’ve been having in trying to pin down where I want my paper to wind up is that, as usual, my focus wasn’t narrow enough. I’m not going to be able to make large pronouncements about The State Of Edtech with this project, no matter how much I feel like that’s what I should be doing. What I can do is narrow my focus back down, like I keep talking about, and bring things back to ds106. Finally. After about three blog posts insisting that’s what I was going to do.

Back to the beginning: ds106 and open education

This week’s post is going to be a bit short, but I’m hoping to lay the groundwork for a return to where all this madness began: ds106! My initial proposal revolved around framing a discussion of open education and edtech with my experiences in that class, and while I’ve spent these first few weeks getting my bearings in an unfamiliar field, I need to start bringing things back around.

I’m dipping back into Spiro and Alexander’s NITLE paper about open education in the liberal arts this week. They’ve provided some excellent definitions of open education, and I think it might be useful to examine ds106 to see how it fits into those definitions, and how it is affected by being part of the curriculum at the University of Mary Washington.

What’s next on Aetherbunny?

TUNE IN AND FIND OUT!

Seasonal! Kinda! Also appropriate considering there is a LOT of new stuff! Starting with dusting off the cobwebs on WordPress and getting everything shiny and updated for 2013.

So. Here are my big scary awesome projects for the new year:

  • Big Scary Awesome Research Paper– I’m doing a research project! It’s about online learning and possibly my experiences with ds106! I need to have a proposal drafted in about a week and I don’t even have a proper thesis! This is where the “scary” part comes in! I will be flailing about it on a weekly basis RIGHT HERE!
  • RossRoads 2013: The Tour – My cousin is working on a music and art label based out of DC called Foreign Substances and he’s planning a road trip this year to promote it. I’m going to be helping him manage the content he wants to distribute across various platforms, including (we think) WordPress, Twitter, Tumblr, and Soundcloud. The best part? I have no idea what I’m doing!
  • Lewinsville Presbyterian Church online education – My home church is trying to sort out online Christian ed, and I’m going to lob some ideas at them to make their next class more effective than their first attempt. If they want me to, I might even be able to help them set up and manage the tools they could use to create a compelling online classroom. Exciting!
  • New Twitter Handle – Since my old handle is tied pretty closely with a bunch of personal stuff and I want to start using Twitter as a way to forge professional connections, I’ve got to come up with a new Twitter account and shut down my old one. Suggestions welcome!
  • New theme for Aetherbunny.com? – I like this theme, but it’s pretty cramped. I’ll be experimenting with new themes and widgets in my ongoing quest for BLOG PERFECTION.

My issue is, of course, that I always dream WAY way bigger than what I can realistically accomplish. To make all of this come together in a meaningful way, I’m going to need a LOT of help, especially with the research project…

“Answer the Unanswered Riddle”

“WHO IS THE STAR-BEARER,
AND WHAT WILL HE LOOSE THAT IS BOUND?”

In 1976, Patricia A. McKillip published a fantasy novel that became a quiet legend among those who read it and fell in love with the world she created. The Riddle-Master of Hed told the story of a man pulled inexorably away from his home and his family by a destiny spelled out in a riddle of three stars…

"What are three stars?"