There are many reason why being a flexible learner is important; the main and most important point is that being a flexible learner means that you are giving yourself the opportunity to learn more. Learning more is never a bad thing; would you rather know more than know less?
Learning to be flexible in a class like CT is important and very helpful. A class like this is an amazing asset for opening up your mind and getting to know a little something about a lot of things.
Looking through the DS106 site, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of projects that are there, and have been done by other students who are both just like me and completely different than I. I took my time to look through some of the assignments and find two that I am interested in– one that I knew that I could do on the spot, if asked, and a second that I would have to take my time to learn how to do.
The first assignment I chose was Dear Future Husband. I thought that this assignment was interesting because it entails writing a short (or long, because sometimes people have a lot to say) letter to your future spouse. I would love to do this assignment because I am a bit of a hopeless romantic. I love to think about writing a letter to my future life partner, telling them a bit about how I was before I met them and how I hope our relationship might go. This assignment also intrigued me because before anything else, I am a writer. While I would definitely put truth into a letter like that, something that might touch the eyes of someone I care about, I have a love for telling stories. Telling my future life partner about me would basically be telling my future life partner a story; they will not have known me as I am today, so really, it’d be a story about someone who once was. No one stays the same as they grow older. We all grow and learn and conquer intimate issues within ourselves, so being able to tell my future love a story of the person I once was sounds quite exciting.
The second assignment I found was one called Glitch Art. This assignment is described as being a project to make a piece of ‘glitch art,’ which would be “a genre of art based around digital artifacts.” The assignment description goes on to say “a digital artifact is the unexpected result of when a technology breaks.” This assignment looked interesting to me because I have no idea how glitch art is made. The project description does not say how to make one, either, so I know I would need to ask for assistance to do this project.
I think that these types of projects would be useful to me because they both help me exercise a part of my brain. The letter project is something that I know I can do well, and the glitch art project is something that I know I can learn and possibly get better at. I think that doing a few types of these projects would be useful to the course for these same reasons; everyone’s writing changes and grows, so writing something personal, whether for themselves or for someone they love, is a great way to evolve their writing. Making various types of art is subjective, as everyone has a different eye and different idea for what they want to see at any given time. These two projects are linked by being subjective and personal to a person, but differ because they allow any one person to exercise different skills.