Without UMW hosting a registered section of ds106 this semester, Jim, Martha, and company have invited me to host York College’s Communications Technology students as registered students in a fall offering of DS106. Sadly it’s going to be a late start due to natural disasters, holidays, and a bad database in our student information system. The class was to meet for the first time yesterday, but York College was recovering after sheltering over 1500 people on its campus during Hurricane Irene. And since the class only meets face-to-face on Mondays, and with next Monday being Labor Day, I will not be able to see my class until September 12. I’m hoping to track down as many of them as I can this week, but basically none of the students use their college email accounts, so we’ll see.
But with last summer’s bloodbath ending to the DS106 course, I’m a little worried about unleashing on my students the full force of the mad troop out of DTLT. We’ve had some discussions on their show DTLT Today, but I feel like I’m going to have to prepare myself for anything. It’s possible a disaster might strike at anytime, and we may learn something about every ds106er and how they rise to the moment.
I just hope we don’t lose anyone else this semester. I don’t think I could bare it!