Before I get into my final thoughts on #IS6621, I need to remind you guys about something.
Alright, now that we got that out of the way, I never in a million years would have thought that I would be upset that I am about to write my final blog post for the semester. Usually in a class where I have a final paper due, I cannot wait to get it done and then just forget about it. Never before in my life have I been excited to write 1000 words every other week for an entire semester. I hate to admit it but I enjoy blogging now (don’t tell my roommates).
Let’s take it back to the first class and my initial thoughts. To say I was scared after the first class is an understatement. When Professor Kane explained how the class worked and all of the out of class deliverables we needed to have completed every week, I felt pretty much like this:
Obviously that though was short-lived, as I soon began to get a good feel for the class mojo.
The three biggest things I want to give my final thoughts on are: Blogging, Twitter, and the Class Format
At first I was really nervous about the blog portion of this class. Usually, the only time I write is for an assigned paper or group presentation write up with specific parameters. I never thought that I would be able to write 1000 words every other week. I’ll admit, it was definitely a struggle the first time. But over time and after reading many of your blog posts, I got more comfortable with my writing. As weeks passed, the hardest part about blogging was picking between three of four different topics. Also, when Professor Kane told us that we had to comment on three different blog posts, I was thinking to myself, “really? that’s just a waste of time.” Boy was I wrong. It never really hit me until my second blog post How Social Media Changed Sports Recruiting. The amount of positive feedback I got from you guys really made me feel good about myself and about my writing. I never imagined that a comment to a blog post could make someone’s day, but it did just that for me many times, so I thank you guys for that.
I knew that this was going to be one of my favorite parts of the class going in, and it actually exceeded my expectations. Like others in the class, I have used Twitter before, but never in my life would I have thought that I would use it for educational purposes (one of @Tully’s 10 Commandments of Social Media). On my other account, I follow mainly comedians, parody accounts, and sports news accounts. The thing about Twitter for me in this class was the discussions and interactions with you guys. Some of the conversations I had on Twitter were 10-15 comments long, and I really enjoyed reading all the back and forth interactions we had.
- Class Format
With all things outside of the classroom that I thoroughly enjoyed, it was in class where I found myself having the most fun. Starting off with the Twitter discussions everyday was a great way to get the class rolling. Being able to have intelligent discussions about actually relevant topics that are happening in the world today is something you don’t really get to talk about in any other class. I didn’t realize going into the class that I would learn the most from the individual presentations. The fact that each student gave a presentation about a topic that was interesting to them even made the presentations that much more enjoyable.
I have 5 final takeaways from the class that I would like to share with you guys.
- Twitter is not only used for trolling and memes.
- Everyone has a bit of blogger in them
- Blockchains still do not make sense to me
- AI is going to take over the world
- Memes originated from our genes
To be part of a class where the students drove the conversation is something that I will never forget. I think that there should be a lot more courses structured like this one because it truly made the class so much more enjoyable. In my first blog post, I wrote:
“I want to be able to sit down in a classroom and explore the ideas that my fellow classmates want to talk about. At home with my housemates we always have discussions about what is being said on twitter, so I am looking forward to discussing current topics regarding social media and digital technology with people who will have different opinions than them.”
My expectations for this class were substantially exceeded. I will always remember this class.
Final final thought: It is safe to say I will never be a part of a class ever again where there is designated snack time. I am truly going to miss that.
Finishing what we started. Final one of the year:
What has a tongue, but never talks. Has no legs, but sometimes walks.
Peace out #IS6621