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Week Five Goals

This week we’re switching gears once again and beginning to work with audio. We’ll actually be returning to audio the week after next, but this week is meant to give you an orientation to working in this media, since the skills are often unfamiliar to many students.

We’ll be thinking about how audio is used to tell stories, listeining to some radio shows and audio stories, and creating some of our own audion narratives. In addition, this week you need to complete your first self-evaluation and . . .become someone else.

An unexpected guest joined me this week. I decided I needed to share their visit. You should defiintely watch. Also, Slack me if you’d like to be in one of next week’s videos.

Daily Creates this Week

Note: We are taking a break from Daily Creates this week. But, don’t worry. They’ll be back!

Create Yourself Anew

When the End comes, you need to know whom you can count on. Next week, we will be organizing into our Survivor Camps. But what makes a great group?

Well, one important consideration is a balance of skills and personalities. During the apocalypse you don’t want to have a group of five Leaders or five Instigators. So before you can choose a group, you need to choose your character.

Assignment: Character Choice and Introduction

Return to our Archetype spreadsheet. (If you never added one or you don’t see one that you really like, nows the time to do so!) Choose one of the archetypes for yourself and begin to imagine that individual’s name, history, and personality traits. Then, complete one of the following assignments as  a way to introduce your character to us:

Whatever assignment you do, share the blog post you write for it on Twitter using #theend106 #ds106 #mycharacter

Tip 1: This assignment is your way of introducing your character to all of us. Take time with it because what group you end up in may depend upon it.

Tip 2: The End hasn’t happened. . .yet. Don’t tell us your character’s story after The End. Focus on their backstory.

Considering Audio

Typically, students experience with audio in ds106 tends to be very varied. While all of us listen to music, we may have little experiene wtih listenting to audio narratives. And very few of us may have experience with actually recording and editing audio. We’ll start this week by thinking about how audio works as a storytelling tool and we’ll also begin to create our own audio stories, while we learn the basics of audio editing.
Watch this short video of Jad Abumrad from RadioLab as he talks about using radio to create meaning and make connections. Think about his concept of “co-imagining” and remember to keep it in mind as you both listen to and create audio stories this week.
In this second clip with Abumrad, consider his argument that radio is a return to ancient storytelling — coupled with his discussion of how modern technology and techniques allow him to create sound in completely new ways. What do you think of this dynamic between the old and new? Again, keep it in mind as you listen to and create audio this week.

Audio Resources

Check out this page of audio resources. You’ll find info about ds106 radio, Audacity and SoundCloud, as well as tips for thinking about how to work with audio when you’re creating stories.

Assignment: Reading and Resource Reflection

Write a reflection post on the clips you watched above and the resources on the Audio page. Tell us about your experience with audio coming into this class. What did you learn from what you looked at above? What resonated with you and what didn’t make sense?

Listening to Audio

Just like reading stories helps us to become better writers of stories, listening to audio (and audio stories) helps us learn how to create and tell great audio stories.

This week, you’ll be listening to at least one radio show on ds106 and thinking about how the techniques you’re learning about are employed.

Assignment: ds106 TweetAlong

Tune in on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night at 9:00 and listen along to ds106 radio. We’ll be playing some stories about the end of the world. During the show, get on Twitter and tweet your reactions and thoughts using #ds106 #theend106 #radiotweets.

Creating Audio

It’s time to start making audio. Complete the following audio assignments this week.

Assignment: Frequency 2156

Spend some time exploring Frequnecy 2156, and reflect upon how it works as a digital story. Why do you think the creators chose audio as the medium? How well does the crowd-sourced audio work to tell this post-apocalyptic story? What would you do differently if you had created this story?

Then, complete the Frequency 2156, Can You Hear Me? assignment. In your assignment post, make sure you tell us how you created your own contribution, and reflect on the questions above.

Assignment: Choose Your Own Audio

Complete at least 5 stars of additional audio assignments from the Assignment Bank. Make at least three of them relate to a story you’ve read, watched, or listened to so far for this class. 


As you know from the syllabus, grading in this class is based upon a conversation between us around your own self-evaluations. This week you must submit your first one. I will be reading your self-evaluation and responding to it with comments. If I think that you and I aren’t on the same page with regards to your progress in this class and your current earned grade, I’ll ask you to come and meet with me.

Assignment: Complete your First Self-Evaluation

Login to our Canvas course and go to the Assignments section. Follow the instructions for the first self-evaluation assignment.

Question of the Week

How are you feeling? Be specific.

Weekly Summary

Assignment: Weekly Post

Make sure you’ve completed all the assignments above. Write up your weekly post by Monday at midnight. Remember to refer to The Guide for Writing Blog Posts for tips on how to write our weekly posts!