About the Assignments Bank

This site hosts the assignments that partipants in the open online digital storytelling course, ds106, complete as part of their work in the course. Rather than specifying assignments everyone must do, participants can choose from an array of ones included on this site- all of them have been created by course participants. Each assignment has a rated difficulty of 1 to 5 stars (participants can vote), so for a particular topic, the task might be to complete 10 stars worth of say, Design Assignments.

If you like this idea, guess what? Alan Levine has developed a generalized version of these you can run as a WordPress Theme. See the demo version and get the theme and more information on the github site.

In many ways then, the participants are building their own course. Anyone, and not just ds106 participants, can add a new assignment. Frankly just tweeting “this would make a good ds106 assignment” is weak!

Each assignment links to examples of the work that people have done in response to it. Note that for us to be able to track your work to appear here, your blog should be registered with an account you create on the main ds106 site. If you are not part of this community, sign up now (and include a URL for a blog you will use for your ds106 work). But you can also add examples for assignments directly to an assignment via a linked form.

See our tips for writing up ds106 Assignments in a blog post.

The assignments also include links to tutorials participants have written that can help you learn how to complete the work.

We should say that all of the assignments listed here have been shared freely by participants or just people interested in ds106. Many of them are ideas borrowed from others. While we do not attach any specific license to an assignment, all of them are shared implicitly with no restrictions. That said, it is worth crediting the person who submitted the assignment and linking back to the url where it is found.