Unit 1: Bootcamp

Not technically a course this is another experiment in offering a full ds106 experience to open participants based on previous syllabi taught at the University of Mary Washington (UMW). The first was August-December 2013 as a “Headless ds106”. This Open ds106 is a re-organization of that experience, but without references to date or time- this could be something individuals or groups could do at any time, at any pace. See the full index to learn more.

Attention new ds106 recruits!

Welcome to ds106. I am your friend, Sergeant Headless.

The first two units of this open course experience might be seen basic training for what you will need to survive thrive in the rest of this course. In fact, you should not proceed beyond unit 2 without achieving the basic proficiencies of setting up your blogging space, publishing to its, and an developing an appreciation for the creative work ahead of us.

But before we get into this how about a little inspiration to get you through Bootcamp?

Are you ready now? Let’s line up!

Meet Your Drill Sergeants and Learn Your Way Around ds106
And Now the Bootcamp Part
More Bootcamp Exercises
And Now the Bootcamp Part: Organizing Your Blog
Introduce Yourself and Start Doing the Daily Create
What is Art?
Checklist for Unit Summary


  1. hellbike

    January 22, 2014

    clip with Robert Hughes is dead.

    • Reverend

      January 22, 2014

      Welcome to ds106, Hellbike (brilliant name!).

      Thanks for the heads up on the link, will change it out directly.

      Let me know if you have any questions, and see you on the internet.

    • cogdog

      January 22, 2014

      I hate when that happens, and it happens a lot. We’ve swapped out Robert Hughes, which most students never enjoyed, for two newer videos.

      Keep us posted! This crazy internet changes like every day…

      • hellbike

        January 22, 2014

        Do you, as a person who represents this project and website, agree with “Good Mythical Morning” Video? These are two random dudes, with no basic knowledge or understanding of art history, talking about things they see for the first time in their lives; completly ignoring the concept behind certain art pieces (even though they are discussing conceptual art pieces!), and focusing only on craftsman side, which in some of discussed cases, are irrelevant.

  2. cogdog

    January 22, 2014

    Does it matter what I agree with?

    The point is ask people to form their own reactions, not for us to tell them what they should be. The ds106 experience is one where we ask the participants to answer the question of what is creativity, what is art, what is a story, etc

    No, the random dudes are no authority on art, but their attitude echoes how some people think of art. What we expect people is to reflect in their own digital spaces.

  3. Daniel Thompson

    August 8, 2015

    Hi, I joined/registered but I do not see my first mandatory blog post appearing on the participant blog and I don’t see my name in the sidebar either.

    • Reverend

      August 8, 2015

      Hi Daniel,

      I just fixed that, let me know if you see your post on #ds106 now. Thanks for the heads up.


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