As my semester in this class winds down, I think it’s important to go back and reflect. My experience in DS106 was incredibly fun, although I definitely could have done some things differently.
You can learn a lot in this class, so long as you take the time to sit down and prepare for each week before, say, the Friday it’s due. It is a very busy class. Very busy. But if you prepare the weekend you get your assignments and set up everything first thing, all will go smoothly. If you make a list of everything you need to do, from the number of Daily Creates to readings, reflections, and assignments, then you will be fine. If you know you’re going to be really busy during a particular week, just prepare for the worst, pick easy assignments, and do them as quickly as possible.
Renting equipment from the HCC Information Desk for video/audio assignments will make your life a lot easier. It’s better quality, easier to use and adjust, and hardly ever at risk of getting corrupt. Just make sure you’ve planned what you need to record before you get the equipment and that you return it before it’s due! The fees are pretty steep otherwise. Also, record everything early in the week so you have time to edit it and make sure it doesn’t need re-doing.
And finally, don’t be afraid to reach out to people for help! Dr. Bond is quick to respond to emails and tweets, and you’d be surprised what kinds of skills your classmates bring to the table. You may never meet anyone in person, but Twitter is a really easy way to keep in touch (just make sure you’re actually checking up on it every now and again).
Good luck, and have a great semester!