Dear fellow students who plan on taking DS106:
Let me first start by saying that even though this class is a 100 level, the work load is above and beyond 100, maybe beyond 1,000 etc. This is not to say that the assignments are difficult, but they are very time consuming. Definitely consider the number of credits that you will be taking and see if you can dedicate at least 3-4 hours to each assignment. I say lightly 3-4 hours because it depends on how efficient and knowledgeable you are with technology.
I took this class because I heard from peers that it was pretty easy. I remember at the first day of class Jim Groom strongly warned us about the workload ahead, and I was considering dropping. I am glad I didn’t. I didn’t know much about technology, so everything Jim Groom talked about I was interested in learning. Yes Jim Groom does expect us to crank out assignments left and right, but he is always open to helping students. Also, if you can’t meet a deadline, all you have to do is ask him and he will most likely allow you a few extra days. Jim Groom helped me out so much with creating an intro video for my Bhangra team. My friend and I spent hours and hours working on it with very little sleep, but the end product is something we are both proud of.
If you want to learn about the possibilities of the Internet and creation, do take this class. You will enjoy it, especially if you are a creative individual to begin with. So many interesting things came out of this class like ds106 radio, TV show, etc. It’s truly the case that the possibilities with this class are ENDLESS.