April 29, 2016
Okay, I know you may be thinking, “It’s not December why is her title Tis the season to be jolly? Christmas is not even around the corner“. However, the final count down before spring semester 2016 is over starts now! In which, spring semester coming to an end is a holiday within itself. The day we finish our last final or for some of you the day you graduate
can be considered as “Christmas Day”. And the long summer that fallows suit can be consider as our gift. Okay, to move forward from my weird Christmas comparison I wanted to congratulate the students in our class who are graduating. “I wish you guys the best of luck on your present and future endeavors”. As for the students who have a one or a couple more of semesters to go, hang in there we can get through this and all the sleepless nights will be worth it in the end (Cheesy I know).
Upon reflecting, what I have learned and have become comfortable with through this course is categorized below:
WordPress & VLog
Prior to this class I had used WordPress (WP) before in my Business of Economics in Literature course. In which, finding out that WordPress was going to be our main platform for posting assignments I was quite excited. I know some of you may have a love/hate relationship and may otherwise hate WP. However, WP is a fun alternative to posting and commenting on written work from one another. I think classes that push and encourage new platforms of not just technology but new methods of learning are the ones we learn most from. Now some of you may never use WP again and that is totally fine but just knowing how to navigate through this website or being able to assimilate to a new technological platform can be quite essential. It may seem silly but I have seen numerous people who are resistant to using websites that are new to them or even platforms that are essentially second nature such as, email.
Even though WP was familiar to me, video blogging was an entirely new experience. Especially because I don’t use Skype or Face time to communicate with people. Vlogging presented its own issues such as, uploading errors and sound defects. However, I found Vlogging to be beneficial in that after each video and video comments my confidence level boosted with using this type of platform.
Although we all have came to the conclusion that everything is interdisciplinary and that almost anything can be tied into different disciplines, I found these projects to be interesting. First off, I am a business major with a marketing option thus, topics I usually cover in papers are having to do with branding, consumers’ behaviors, business operation etc. Don’t get me wrong I love covering topics like those but in this course I was able to explore any topic I wanted among any 3 disciplines I wanted. I haven’t been able to do such a thing since English 105 but even then we had to pick a topic within a class theme. Even though my personal inquiry project about health care, in my opinion was not convincingly applied among all 3 disciplines I learned from it. In which, I reviewed my paper and assessed myself on what I needed to improve when creating the group inquiry paper. Also, I had discovered my interest for health care was not as strong as I though it was, therefore it became a task to keep writing about a topic I no longer was excited about (Even though I am not sure anyone truly has an interest for for health insurance). Therefore, when collaborating and writing my group inquiry project I found it to be essential that me and my partner found a topic we were truly interested in. In which, after changing our topic several times we reverted back to a topic that had caught our interest from the beginning.
Okay, so I have officially exceeded the word count a little more than I should of. Therefore, it is time to bring this post to a close. I just want to say Thank You to all of you who were active participants in responding back to my material and giving me feed back. I wish all of you the best! 🙂