Week 01: Hard Fun

Hard Fun

"The cave you seek to enter holds the treasure you seek." - Joseph Cambell

This Week

  • We will get to know the course and one another a bit.
  • We will watch some videos, review the syllabus, and ask any pertinent questions.
  • We will engage in a digital scavenger hunt that gets us set with and Slack - our class community tools.  

Ben & Brad

Brad's Notes

Each Sunday/Monday new bits of the course will be published here on the course blog and linked in Slack - outlining the theme and tasks for the week. This week is a bit logistical and busy, as we will focus on understanding our course context and getting you connected with and Slack.  

Weekly Routine

This week we will set our rhythm and routine, so you can get a sense of what we'll be doing and where we'll be doing it.

  • Sunday/Monday:  instructor's notes and task-list posted, here and in Slack.
  • Tuesday: WeeklyThing posted in Slack.
  • Friday: WeeklyThing due in Slack.
  • Sunday: weekly tasks due

Hard Fun

There are a variety of themes and ideals baked into INTE5340, but the one that captures it most succinctly, is what Seymour Papert termed Hard Fun.

Once I was alerted to the concept of “hard fun” I began listening for it and heard it over and over. It is expressed in many different ways, all of which all boil down to the conclusion that everyone likes hard challenging things to do. But they have to be the right things matched to the individual and to the culture of the times. These rapidly changing times challenge educators to find areas of work that are hard in the right way: they must connect with the kids and also with the areas of knowledge, skills and (don’t let us forget) ethic adults will need for the future world. – Seymour Papert

We'll spend the next 16 weeks having hard fun with digital storytelling.   We will make media, study media, and play with media, as we embark on a story-themed course of learning.  

The Hero's Journey

INTE5340 uses a story-metaphor in which you (the learner) are the hero, we (the teachers) are the mentors, and your classmates (them) are the sidekicks.  The Learning Management System (LMS) was our status-quo, and leaving it behind for a new type of learning experience - that is your first challenge.  

Inquiry Based Learning

Our destination is defined by the learning objectives of this course, but our journey is not set in stone.  I ask you to think of it somewhat like a choose-your-own-adventure course in which the experiences you have are dependent on the choices you make.  I would say we operate somewhere around level-3 in the inquiry-based learning model (guided inquiry):

Yes, we will give you instructions and tasks to complete each week. We will guide you and help you every step of the way, with the expectation that you will become less reliant on our guidance over the arc of the course.  The expectation is that you will develop some form of Dumbledore's Army.

Scavenger Hunt

Your instructions for getting setup this week are in a bit of a scavenger hunt format that kicks-off below.  Follow the steps. Answer the questions.  Do the things.  And you will find yourself squared away in and Slack in no time.   I look forward to getting to know you and hearing your stories.  

This Week's Tasks

  1. Read & watch all the Week 01 material.  
  2. Read the syllabus.
  3. Establish your account. (please use your real name)
  4. Annotate the syllabus using  Your scavenger hunt will continue there.
  5. Smile, and complete the WeeklyThing by Friday.

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