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ds106 wins innovation award from Reclaim Learning

Last week, ds106, the University of Mary Washington’s open online digital storytelling community that grew out of CPSC106, was awarded the Innovation Contest from Reclaim Open Learning, according to a UMW faculty newsletter.

“The award is meant to honor projects that embody principles of open education and participatory learning,” said the newsleter.

ds106 is one of five projects that received the award this year.

Reclaim Open Learning is an open education partnership between the Digital Media and Learning Hub at UC Irvine and the MIT Media Lab to bring together researchers and educators.

Jim Groom, director of teaching and learning technologies at UMW piloted ds106. After teaching UMW’s digital storytelling class, CPSC106, for two semesters, Groom worked with Martha Burtis, special projects coordinator in DTLT and CPSC106 instructor, and colleagues at other institutions to launch

According to the university, more than 200 participants signed up for ds106 from around the world when it was initially offered.

As part of the award, Burtis will attend and present at the Reclaim Open Learning Symposium in Newport Beach, California on Sept. 26 and 27.

Read more about digital studies at UMW here.


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