Well, maybe not literally.

Although I did once launch a headless ds106 that spawned a (Photohopped) decapitation theme.

This semester I am teaching, from my home in Arizona, a seminar for five Writing Studies students at Kean University doing their MA Thesis. They’ve already experienced this mode, as it was how I co-taught the Networked Narratives course last semester.

This time, there is no teacher physically in the room. I’m up on the screen!

Photo shared by Hailey in our first ResNetSem meeting

Two of the students, Hailey and Marissa, are my on site assistants, setting up the projector and calling me via Google video chat. We have other channels, twitter, a Slack, and something more low tech– I have been doing weekly individual phone calls.

We were well into a wonderful discussion today on structured serendipity, the students were sharing their own stories of serendipity, and…

So we paused, I got updates as they were waiting outside with other students, and then my google video chat rang again… Laura called me from where they were set up out on a patio. We picked up the conversation, but look at this set up!

They are sitting around talking to a laptop perched on a recycling can:

Yup, I’m a teacher that looks like a talking head atop a plastic bin!

And it worked great. They were taking / sharing photos. Only at the end did one of them mention curiosity how it looked to other students walking by,s eeing five students talking to a trash can.

Me.

The drill ended, they came inside, and we just kept going…

With all of this, I am not feeling disembodied, or dis-anything, at all. These students inspire me.


Featured Image: “Whale on the set of Invisible Man” Wikimedia Commons public domain image.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

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