A History of ds106

This course community began at the University of Mary Washington in Spring of 2010 when Jim Groom re-imagined the way the Computer Science Course in Digital Storytelling, CPSC 106, might be taught.

Since Jim Groom blogged about ds106 as an open and online experiment on December 7, 2010, this site has aggregated and archived 92604 blog posts created by its participants.

Below is a semester by semester collection of highlights and information about the iterations of ds106 at UMW and elsewhere. See also:

Summer 2017

Spring 2017

Mission 106

Fall 2016

Summer 2016

Spring 2016

Running at both UMW and as an Open Course

UMW Course ds106tal.es • Open Course 106tricks.net

Fall 2015


Spring 2015


Fall 2014


Summer 2014


Spring 2014


Fall 2013


Summer 2013


Spring 2013

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Fall 2012


Summer 2012: Camp Magic Macguffin


Also in summer of 2012, Jim Groom did a two week Breakfast Club Edition of ds106 for high school students.

Spring 2012



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  1. Measuring ds106 - CogDogBlog12-04-12
  2. Beyond Disruption: Higher Ed Innovation from Within | The Blue Review05-07-13
  3. DTLT’s Innovative Work featured in The Blue Review05-09-13
  4. A Year of Breadlike Syllabus Making for ds106 - CogDogBlog05-10-13
  5. True innovation in Higher Ed will emerge from faculty-driven, open-source projects, not start-up commercialisation | British Politics and Policy at LSE05-18-13
  6. Coming Soon! The Headless ds106 Course07-21-13
  7. Running with the Headless #ds106 Bulls - CogDogBlog08-06-13
  8. Getting Closer to Headless #ds106 - CogDogBlog08-19-13
  9. Headless ds106ers, Stand Proudly! Some Disjointed Thoughts and Puny Data - CogDogBlog12-18-13
  10. DS106 Introduction for GMU Students and Open Participants03-02-14
  11. Two Keynotes – Part 2 | The Innovative Instructor03-31-14
  12. Two Keynotes – Part 2 | jhublogs03-31-14
  13. Anticipating Connected Courses “Happenings” | AmusED09-07-14
  14. #UCSIA15: Desire Paths, Stepping Stones and Tickets | Clyde Street12-18-14
  15. ds106: Not a Course, Not Like Any MOOC | Alan Levine's Pubs02-15-15
  16. Recapping the Medical Library Association (MLA) conference05-21-15
  17. Personality in Teaching: Content, Activity & Relationships | Heart | Soul | Machine07-29-15
  18. Open is The Porch Light Being On (and more)03-11-16
  19. The Things DS106 Has Done For Me | Learning Nuggets04-13-16
  20. “Are you still wearing that 4 year old #DS106 t-shirt?” (what part of #4life do you not understand?)09-18-16
  21. Student Submitted Assignment Ideas as Twice Striking Lightning04-07-17
  22. Learning and Development on a Backchannel – techKNOWtools06-15-17
  23. Temporary Password: ds106 – Latte&Teach10-04-17
  24. What is the big hype about ds106? – The World Of Teaching10-08-17
  25. Wagga Days at the spot along the Murrumbidgee – CogDogRoo12-26-17
  26. Wagga Days at the spot along the Murrumbidgee – CogDogBlog12-26-17
  27. DS106: Creativity Awaits – The Next Teacher02-24-18
  28. Build an assignment bank, March 2018 Sustainable Assignment | Teaching & Learning Excellence Division Updates02-27-18
  29. ds106 – Genessa's Blog02-27-18
  30. It Came From #DS106: a Direct Line to Ontario Extend – CogDogBlog05-12-18
  31. Microcontent: narratives and attention – Clyde Street05-02-19
  32. Special Guests: Tracy Roberts and Grant Potter – Lunchable Learning12-14-21