Off to explore DS106 is a digital storytelling community created around a course of the same name by Jim Groom at the University of Mary Washington (UMW). Jim and the class are no longer at UMW, but ds106 continues to exist as an open invitation to explore the innumerable ways people create content for the web and inspire others to do so as well.

We will start with the assignment bank which is a crowd-sourced repository of creative prompts organized into various media types including: visualdesign, audio, video, mashup,writing, fanfic, and animated gifs. Each category has assignments sorted by default by ‘newest.’ But I recommend re-sorting by ‘examples’ and ‘views’ to find assignments that have been completed by a lot of people.


Open an assignment of interest and you should hopefully see links to blog posts for people that have completed the assignment. It’s interesting to see how various people approach the same assignment as well as the tools they use to complete. Many people give basic descriptions of their process and some even create tutorials.


For next class I would like you to submit to posts to the blog. In the first post, complete an assignment that you discovered in the ds106 assignment bank and embed what you made. Be sure to link to the original assignment and described why you picked it.

In the second post, pick an assignment that you’d like to do but don’t know how to do it and would like to learn. If there’s an example of something someone completed or from the original assignment post, embed that into your post. Describe what you think you would need to know in order to make something similar. Be sure to link to the assignment as well.


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CT101 Digital Storytelling