This the planned schedule for the course. Please not that this calendar is subject to change as the course unfolds! Each week, in class, we’ll be reviewing the next few weeks on the calendar and discussing what’s coming up.

Week One (1/13)

  • Class Introduction & Syllabus Review
  • Introductory Discussion and Digital Story Examples
  • Introduction to Digstoumw Collective


  • Readings/Viewings:
  • Online Work/Exploration:
    • Purchase a Web hosting account at Cast Iron Coding (or through another commodity Web hosting service)
    • Purchase a Domain Name from
    • Sign up for an account on Delicious and begin to tag and share items in the Collective (tag: digstoumw)

Week Two (1/20)

  • Discussion of Campbell readings and personal cyberinfrastructure
  • Web Hosting Bootcamp: Creating your own space with OSS
  • Introduction to Web 2.0 and Creative Commons


  • Online Work/Exploration:
    • Continue setting up your site; experiment with themes and plugins.
    • Share on your blog any problems or successes you are having (tag: sitebuild)
    • Add your blog to the course site by filling out the form in the sidebar
    • Sign up for an account on Twitter, if you don’t already have one. Make sure you follow me.
    • Share your Web site details, Twitter account on the Class Directory.
    • As people start adding themselves to the Directory, make sure you follow them on Twitter. Keep monitoring Twitter throughout the week as more people join. If you want to learn more about how it works, go read.
    • Continue adding links/items to Delicious for the Collective.
  • Storytelling:
    • Write a post that tells a story. (tag: firststory) It can be true or fiction. If you like,  use images and other media.
    • Create a post and embed your animated gif from last week in it. (tag: animatedgif)
  • Reading:

Week Three (1/27)

  • Web 2.0 and Creative Commons Discussion (Skype call with Alan Levine & Bryan Alexander)
  • Continuation of Web Hosting Bootcamp
  • Sharing of story posts from last week
  • Introduction to Disciplinary Assignment & Daily Shoot


  • Readings:
    • Choose a disciplinary story reading from this list (or find one of your own).
    • Write a post reflecting on the reading. How does storytelling influence the discipline covered in your reading? What are the components of stories/narrative that make it effective/useful/important to the discipline? What surprised (or didn’t surprise) you about the use of story in this discipline? tag: disciplinereading
  • Online Work/Exploration
    • Set up an account on Flickr (this is a Yahoo! service, so you can also link it to an existing Yahoo! account) Share your Flickr account info on the Class Directory
    • Look for a plugin for your blog to display your Flickr photos and install it/set it up.
    • Tune into ds106 radio.
    • Get on Twitter and make sure you are following all of your classmates. Follow the hashtag #ds106 to participate in the conversation happening across all the sections of Digital Storytelling.
  • Storytelling:
    • Using the story you told in Week Two, choose at least one of the tools in Alan Levine’s 50 Ways to Tell a Digital Story site and retell your story. Share it on your blog. tag: web20story
    • Starting on Monday (1/31), begin participating in the Daily Shootproject. Upload all of your photos contributions to your Flickr account and tag them ds106, digstoumw, and the assignment tag (check the Daily Shoot site for these)

Week Four (2/3)


  • Readings/Viewings:
  • Online Work and Exploration:
    • Continue to explore Flickr. Upload some photos and try out the photo editing available through Picnik.
    • Continue adding links/items to Delicious for the Collective.
    • Download and install Audacity and the LAME MP3 encoder on your computer in preparation for the start of Audio assignments next week.
  • Storytelling:
    • Continue your Daily Shoot photos until Sunday, February 13.
    • Use Alan Levine’s DS106 Five Card Flickr Story generator and write a story around the images you get dealt. Share it on your blog. (tag: 5cardflickr)
    • Check out the submitted Visual AssignmentsDesign Assignments on the site. Choose at least one and complete it for next week (tag: designpick AND the tags listed on the assignment itself).
    • Begin thinking/blogging about your final project topic (tag: finalproject).
    • Make sure you have purchased Radio: An Illustrated Guide by next week. (It is now available at the UMW bookstore.)

Week Five (2/10)

  • Visual/Design Storytelling Challenge


  • Reading/Viewings/Listenings:
    • RADIO, an Illustrated Guide. Read RADIO and then share your reflections about the reading on your blog (tag: radioreading). Be sure to read your classmates posts and comment and link to their responses, when appropriate! In addition to your reaction to the technical and philosophical approach to storytelling that this text describes, I’m curious to hear how you think this format (the graphic novel) worked as a medium for conveying the art of radio storytelling.
    • Watch Ira Glass’ four-part series on storytelling: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
    • Visit the This American Life web site, and listen to at least one of the following episodes (you can listen to these through a stream or or you pay $.99 to download one):
    • On your blog, reflect on the episode you listened to, the videos by Ira Glass and RADIO. Describe how Glass’ vision of storytelling played out in the episode you listened to. From a technical standpoint, could you hear elements of the production of the story, particularly with regards to what you read in RADIO? Were there anythings that didn’t work with the stories? What role, if any, did music or ambient noise/sound effects play in the story? (tag: americanlisten)
  • Technical Exploration:
    • If you have not already done so, download and install Audacity and the LAME MP3 encoder on your computer. Explore the Audacity tutorials and experiment with recording, editing, and exporting audio.Alternatively, you may instead explore Aviary’s online audio editing tool, Myna.  You don’t need to install anything to use it (you will need to set up an account with Aviary), and it does a lot the basic things that Audacity does. Here are some video tutorials for Myna to get you started: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

    • Visual/Design Bonus Week:
      • Continue Daily Shoot for one more week. Continue to tag and share your photos on Flickr.
      • Choose one more visual or design assignment from the ds106 course site and complete it. Post it on your blog and narrate the process you went through to make it. (tag: designpick)
    • Audio Intro Week: Spend one day paying attention to all the various stories around you (stories your friends tell, stories that frame your class lectures/experiences, stories in commercials/advertisements, stories that you witness simply walking down campus walk, etc.) Pick one of those stories, and retell it by recording it in Audacity. Export it as an MP3 file, and share it on your blog (you can simply upload the file like you do an image and insert it into a post OR you can look around for a WordPress plugin that allows you to more elegantly embed audio files). (tag: firstaudio)If you feel totally overwhelmed getting started in Audacity, here’s a tutorial that covers a lot of the basics.  Sorry, I can’t find a similar tutorial for Myna, but a lot of the concepts are the same!

Week Six (2/17)

  • Class complaints, concerns, compliments, and criticisms.
  • Review of RADIO, Ira Glass’ videos, TAL
  • Introduction to this week’s assignment
  • Choose assignment groups.
  • Sound Effect Story: In-class audio assignment in groups of 3-4
  • Five minute meetings to discuss final story topics.


For the next three weeks, you will be working in small groups to produce a 30 minute radio show to be broadcast on ds106 radio. Here are your guidelines:

  • Work in groups of 3-4 and come up with a group name.
  • Pick an overarching theme for your show.
  • Start tonight by producing a short sound effect story. This is due at the end of class.
  • Your final show needs to total 30 minutes, but you can have as many segments as you like. Use the audio assignments on as inspiration for segments (although you are NOT limited to these).
  • If you don’t see an assignment you like on ds106, then submit one for a segment you’d like to do — this is a way for us all to help each other come up with segment ideas.
  • By February 24th, you must have a segment of your show ready to share with the class. This segment should be 5 minutes long.  This can be an entire segment or part of a segment. It doesn’t need to be finalized, but it needs to be good enough to share. You must upload your segment to the ds106 dropbox by 5:00 on the 24thWhen you upload your file, make sure the mp3 file is titled “ds106showsegment_YOURGROUPNAME_.mp3”.
  • On February 24th and March 10th, the ds106 sections will be meeting collectively (location to be determined) and will spend the first 75 minutes of class broadcasting a live radio show. Jim Groom and I will host it, and each group will share its five minute segment. We will then interview the group (and take questions from the live studio audience) about the work they’ve shared. Not all groups will be able to present on the first night, but everyone must submit their five minute segment by the first night!
  • Your final show is due on Friday, March 11 at midnight. You must upload your show to the ds106 dropboxWhen you upload your file, make sure the mp3 file is titled “ds106showfinal_YOURGROUPNAME_.mp3”.
  • Over the course of the following weekend (May 12 & 13), all of the shows will be in rotation on ds106 radio .
  • You will be graded on the following:
    • how creatively you interpret and present your show theme,
    • how effectively you tell the various stories you present, and
    • how your show sounds. We don’t expect perfection, but we DO expect you to grapple with the technology to present the best product you can.
    • In addition, at the end of the process you will be asked to blog about the entire experience. This will be an opportunity for you to share the challenges you faced and how you tried to surmount them.

Week Seven (2/24)

  • Live radio broadcast
  • In-class work time for group projects
  • Student meetings


Continue working on your group radio assignment over spring break!!


Week Nine: 3/10

  • Second half of DS106 live broadcast
  • In-class work time for group projects/bumpers
  • Make-up student meetings
  • The Collective


  • Blogging:
    • Tune into ds106 radio and listen to at least two 30-minute shows over the weekend. (Check out the radio schedule here).
    • Write a blog post about your work and reactions to this assignment. I want to know about your work process, the challenges you faced, what you’re most proud of about your show, what you wish you could do over. I also want you to react to the show(s) you listened to and relate what you heard to your own experience with this assignment. Anyone who names their post “Radio Show Blog Post” or “Radio Show Reaction” automatically fails. 🙂
  • Technology Exploration:
    • Make sure you have Firefox and the extension Firebug installed on your computers before next week.
  • Storytelling:
    • Complete and turn in your final 30-minute radio assignment by midnight on 3/11. MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE FILE NAMING CONVENTIONS ON THE ORIGINAL ASSIGNMENT!!
    • Begin work on your final project. I expect to see regular blog posts (at LEAST once a week) in which you share your progress. Use this space to showcase work as you complete it, ask for advice, and document your creative process. If you don’t have a final project idea yet, meet with me ASAP to nail one down.

Week Ten: 3/17

  • Intro to Telling Stories on/in the Web
  • Intervening in the Code Workshop (Firebug)
  • Open Workshop for Web Story


Week Eleven: 3/24

  • Introduction to Video Storytelling
  • Overview of Film Essay Assignment


  • Readings:
    • Read this post by Melanie McBride, Praxis 2.0: Escaping the edu-travelogue. I want you to consider the ideas she’s presenting in this post, and how she’s challenging schools and teachers to think differently about teaching remix/mashup in the classroom.The post will present some ideas that you are not familiar with (particularly WRT to educational theory). I expect you to be a bit challenged by the language and ideas; I want to know what you make of the author’s overarching argument. I also want you to think about how this relates to the creative activities of this class. Is the work you are doing more akin to traveling or creating a travelogue?
    • Read this article by Brian Lamb, Dr. Mashup; or, Why Educators Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Remix. As you’re reading, consider the question of whether or not remix/mashup is an “assault on originality?” Is remix and mashup a “new” art?
    • Next week, we’ll be extending our Video unit into the art of remix/mashup. Both of these readings can inform the work you’ll be doing. In preparation, after reading these articles, I want you to blog about your understanding of what you’ve read. What do you already know about remix and mashup culture? Have you already played around with remixes or mashups (consider what you’ve already done for this class). Have the readings challenged your understanding of these ideas? Do you think remix/mashup can be authentically taught? (tag: remixreadings)
  • Technical/Online Exploration:
    • Keep adding items to the Digital Storytelling Collective on Delicious!!
  • Storytelling
    • Create a Video Essay based on the introduction to the assignment from Jim in class on 3/24 and his notes on the assignment here. (tag: videoessay) Due Date: Saturday, April 2 at midnight.
    • Continue working on your final projects! I should see updates/progress reports at least once a week.

Week Twelve: 3/31

  • Tune into DS106 for interview with Brian Lamb
  • Introduction to Mashup/Remix
  • Overview of Mashup/Remix Assignment
  • Workshop time for video essays and mashup/remix


  • Technical/Online Exploration:
    • Keep adding items to the Delicious Collective!! We’ll be looking at contributions in class next week.
  • Storytelling
    • Create your own mashup or remix. Guidelines:
      • You can create your project using any (mix) of media: audio, video, images, Web sites, data, etc.
      • Your final product should significantly alter or challenge the original meaning of your sources.
      • You may work in groups. I need to know these groups by Monday, April 4.
      • You must be able to share your final product on your blog in some form. When you do so, you should reflect upon your creative process/choices and you must credit (and link to, if applicable) all of your sources.
      • You will be graded on the following:
        • turning the work in on-time
        • the originality of your work
        • how well you have integrated different sources ore reworked original sources to make a new meaning/story
        • your reflection and explanation of your choices and creative process
      • The project is due in two weeks (4/14/11), but you need to blog about what you’re doing and your progress by class next week (4/7/11). tag (for both progress report and final project):elmashup
    • Continue working on your final projects!! I should continue to see updates/progress reports at least once a week.

Week Thirteen: 4/7

  • Reviewing the Collective
  • Discussion of  Final Projects and Progress on Mashups
  • In-class Mashup work


Continue the assignment from Week Twelve!

Week Fourteen: 4/14


  • Make sure your in-class fan fiction project is uploaded to one group member’s blog by the end of class today (tag: fanfic). By 4/19, go to this link to evaluate each of the projects.
  • Continue working on your final projects!! I should continue to see updates/progress reports at least once a week.
  • If you need to complete any missed work, it must be turned in by 4/19 to receive any credit.
  • Continue commenting on each others’ work and adding bookmarks to delicious. I’ll be doing final grading both of these elements after next week’s class.

Week Fifteen:  4/21

  • Class Evaluations
  • Assignment Poll
  • Migrating your Site/Canceling your Hosting Account
  • Collective Review
  • Final Project Discussion


  • Finish your final project by 7:00 pm on 4/28 (that is the time of our final exam meeting). Make sure you tag ALL POSTS that you’ve completed as part of your project with finalproject.
  • Write a final blog post by 7:00 pm on 4/28 reflecting on your work in DS106. Tag this final post finalreflection. Here are some ideas/questions to prompt your reflection:
    • Showcase your favorite work (your own and others) from DS106. Talk about why you like it.
    • Talk about how DS106 met/challenged your expectations.
    • Reflect on your final project process — how do you feel it turned out, what do you like about it, what would you do differently?
    • What are you proudest of in terms of your work this semester in DS106?
    • What ideas do you think you’ll take away from this class? How do you see it applying to other aspects of your life?
  • Decide what you’re going to do with your blog.
    • If you don’t want to keep it, make sure you cancel your account with Cast Iron Coding to avoid additional charges.
    • If you want to keep it, you can migrate it to another free/paid service (as we discuss in class on 4/21) or you can continue to pay CIC.

Final Exam: 4/28

We will be meeting at 7:00 on April 28 during our classes final exam slot. You must attend this session!! It is not optional.