As I’ve wondered/wandered around a lot of old and new posts, I’ve been thinking more and more about what an assignment generator for #ds106 might look like, what the categories might be etc.
These were some of the things that I was looking at daily shoot, 5 card flickr, Darcy’s photography assignment generator, the Canon video challenge on Vimeo and the Director’s Bureau Special Project Generator (image below, that portion of the site went away).
I’m still iffy on the categories but I think something like a slot machine that mixes multimedia and certain key categories would be an interesting way to do it.
I wrote some of this last night and saw this tweet by Jim Groom today pointed to a random character generator created by bothered by bees (who also has a post from Dec 15th pointing to 7th Sanctum’s large list of character, plot and other generators.)
It is interesting to see how many thoughts are coalescing around this course already. I think that’s the main reason that #ds106 matters. It’s providing a rough pathway for a number of people to wander down and around. I’ve already started communicating with a bunch of new people and the course itself has led to some interesting conversations with people I interact with in real life.
The first question I get after describing what’s going on is almost always “Is it graded?” I think that’s a pretty clear sign of what our educational system does to people. The other thing that seems to come up is a fear that they will somehow embarrass themselves. I’ve also seen some statements to that effect among people who are playing along already. That makes me sad. Not that I don’t understand, it’s just messed up that people have been conditioned to worry about where their skills/performance is relative to others at all times. I think that hurts a lot of people.