I have a superstition that sometimes I am guided towards something or a reason. It happens when I hear about the same thing – a book, perhaps, or a place – from seemingly unrelated sources in quick succession, and I’ve learned to follow these up. I’ve found some of my favourite books this way, and I’ve visited some beautiful places, and seen some great films – that I would otherwise have not discovered.

I’ve set this blog up to follow along with ds106 for seven weeks in the spring of 2014. I’ve been aware of ds106 for ages and it appeals to me. Recently, a series of seemingly unrelated events have led me to a place where I want to explore ds106 in a lot more depth, and follow along with a course to see if and how we might make use of it.

I work with people and technology. My role is to help university staff engage with technology, particularly with respect to teaching and learning, and so we build tools and we show people how to use them. But sometimes, even though they know how to do it, they don’t know what to do and they get stuck – not because they don’t know how to use the technology, but because they don’t know what to make with it, and that’s not the same thing. I can show you how to use a piece of software, or a video camera but it’s much harder to teach about good writing, or how to make an engaging film, and a blank page can be a scary place. Especially the first time.

If you don’t know what ds106 is, read all about it at http://ds106.us.


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