If would were like me, you may be thinking of taking DS106 to get your art credit out of the way. DS106 truly was a fun and educational class to take, but you shouldn’t go into it thinking that you will be able to breeze by without putting in some serious work. This class took up the most time of any class I took this semester, and possibly, since coming to UMW. However, DS106 allowed me to be creative, to meet new people, and to learn new concepts. Before coming into the class, I had never used Photoshop, Audacity, or iMovie, but I would like to think that I am now fairly familiar with all of them. I hadn’t really seen much advice for this class beforehand, so I will offer some of my own for anyone thinking of taking DS106 in the future.

  • Don’t wait until Friday to start on all of your work. Most of the assignments for this class were due on Friday at 11:59 PM. This might make you think that you could wait until the end of the week to do most of the work, but that is a very bad idea. The best way to go about each week, is to do a little bit of work each day, and try to get the hardest or most time consuming projects out of the way first, in case you run into any issues with them. It’s better to ask for help at the beginning of the week, than at the end.
  • You might want to be familiar with editing programs before taking DS106. As I said above, I was not familiar with any of them, which meant I had to spend several weeks at the beginning of the semester attempting to learn them. If you have already used them before, you will be a step ahead of many people.
  • Begin thinking of what kind of character you want to create for this class. You will have numerous assignments related to your character, so the more creative and unique you can make him/her, the better!
  • Don’t forget to comment on posts from your peers. I slacked off on this the first few weeks, and my grade showed it. So, throughout the week, leave a comment or two showing that you engaged with your classmates.
  • Have fun! It will be a lot of work, but you will feel a great sense of accomplishment at the end when it is all over. Unlike a lot of classes, I know I will continue to use the concepts that I learned this semester in DS106.


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