Imagine a course you could join whenever you like and leave whenever you need. A course free to anyone who wants to become involved, and the only requirements are a computer, an Internet connection, all the creativity you can muster, and enough trust in yourself and the people you might meet online to restore your faith in humanity.
"Singapore-based educator Jabiz Raisdana looks atDS106, a digital storytelling class first offered by the University of Mary Washington that’s now an open online course — and quite the Internet phenomenon, with participation from learners all over the world. Raisdana writes about the ways in which DS106 encourages creativity and sharing on the open Web, which challenges the ways in which many K-12 schools approach the Internet. His article, "Digital Storytelling and Online Learning Networks," uses DS106 as a springboard to talk about learning and building networks online — something he argues that students and teachers and leaders must learn to do."