Alan Levine has posted about his open-source digital story telling class, ds106, and it has me inspired in a number of ways. To being with, it’s evidence that when you imagine a classroom as an open community space, people will make it their own. Further, when you host that community in the online world, the places the community can gain access are limitless.
Ds106 is an open source learning space that helps people develop their digital story telling skills. The assumption is that the people who participate are eager to create, and it seems that there are thousands who have stepped up for the opportunity. The premise is that there is no ‘right answer’, but the undertaking is a query in which all participants, including the instructors, are encouraged to contribute. “Building the plane in the air,” is one way that levine describes it.