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Wednesday, October 26 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Can you dig it? #DS106 Radio

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An open instructional model is greatly enhanced by a free-wheeling, intensely engaging live audio environment.

 

As part of Jim Groom's Massive Open Online Course on Digital Storytelling (http://ds106.us), a freeform web "radio station" was founded and continues to evolve both independently and interdependently of the course community. The audio environment has served exceptionally well to support course activities: weekly lectures are streamed live, student audio projects are served up, and there are even live call-in sessions in which students are invited to offer feedback on how the course is proceeding. It has been a platform for other educational activities outside of #DS106, such as the Connectivism and Connected Learning MOOC offered by Stephen Downes and George Siemens, or live-streaming from conferences that members of the world-wide #DS106 community happen to be attending.

The 'extra-curricular' activities have been arguably of greater interest, as a community of educators pushes the limits of the medium to see what is possible. So far, #DS106 Radio has webcast online stories, live global discussions, and synchronized multi-point guitar jams. Participants have programmed serious and polished audio documentaries (including some live from Japan in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 earthquake), as well as hosted truly horrendous online karaoke parties. Music shared by participants provides the ambient backdrop, whether programmed asynchronously by an anonymous online 'drop box', or live when a DJ 'seizes the feed'.

The results have been wild, unpredictable, uneven, exciting, occasionally unlistenable and often great fun. The medium has proven to be a remarkably intimate form of interaction and has promoted a spirit of experimentation, demonstrating how technology can deepen engagement across a community.


Additional Info for Planning: Ideally this would be two sessions, preferably on separate days.

The first half of the session would explore the dynamics of the DS106 MOOC, and discuss how the web radio station developed. Archived clips of some of the more memorable moments would be shared at this session. Discussion on strategies to encourage engagement, as well as potential pitfalls, will be encouraged.

The second part of the session would be a more technically focused, hands-on workshop. In this session we will go into more detail about how the station is set up, and how to broadcast live web audio. Specific exercises will focus on how to transmit various types of live and recorded pieces from laptops and mobile devices. Hopefully these activities will be extended beyond the physical confines of the workshop space.

It is also anticipated that #DS106 Radio will be a platform for the Open Education Conference itself, perhaps by streaming some sessions, as well as short live interviews with participants and bystanders. It is hoped that attendees at Open Ed 2011 will join as co-programmers via the many means of participation.



Wednesday October 26, 2011 1:45pm - 3:15pm
White Pine, Painted Horse, Arrowhead

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