Advice for Future DS106 Students

DS106 is an interesting course, and it can be a lot of fun if you approach it the right way, but it’s not an exaggeration when they say the work load it heavy. The work isn’t particularly difficult, but it is time consuming.

The biggest piece of advice I have to learn how to budget your time, especially if you’re not used to taking online classes. It is possible to do all the work for the week before midnight on Friday (we’ve all been there), but it’s not a good time, and probably not what you want to be doing with your Friday night.

The other piece of advice I have is to play to your strengths. You have a lot of flexibility with these assignments – take advantage of that. Figure out which digital tools you’re good at and find ways to incorporate them. It’s not cheating, it’s strategy. Of course you want to take advantage of the opportunity to learn new skills, but especially with smaller assignments like the daily creates, it’s good to know that you always have a way to effectively express yourself.

Lastly, have fun with it. There’s not a lot of classes that allow you to “play” as much as this one does. Don’t waste that opportunity.

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