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(Reflection is hard, but unlike boating school, I actually feel like I learned a lot)
Instead of my usual verbose blog format, I’m just going to make a list of reflection points, observations, and major things that I’ve learned in IS6621
- I love isys6621.com – When I type in “i” into Google Chrome, it automatic autofills to “isys6621.com.” I really loved reading other people’s blogs and I loved writing my own. As many of my peers have noted in their reflections, it was a pleasure to learn so much from just your classmates in a college class. Lectures and assigned readings is great but isys6621.com has turned into such a melting pot of ideas and topics that it is a great way to diversify learning. Writing my own blog was a great experience too. it gave me an outlet to share my thoughts, pursue my interest, and gave me confidence in front of an audience. Blogging might become something that I will continue doing on my own.
- It’s good to have an audience – As someone who has mild visiobibliophobia (thanks @mollypighini1 for teaching me the word), I feel that my confidence online has grown substantially. In my first blogpost I was concerned about not having anything insightful or any opinions worth listening too. I’ve learned through interactions on Twitter and on this website that people do actually read what I say and it’s not a bad thing at all. I now have the confidence to recognize that people might have genuine interest in what I have to say. People are going to see and react to my opinions and thoughts when I post them online and that is totally okay. Realizing this has helped my visiobibliophobia immensely
- Twitter is my favorite social network – The speed in which ideas spread and bounce off of people on Twitter is exciting. Today’s discussion on Facebook’s new dating feature got big really fast. This just one example but this class opened my eyes to Twitter as a great discussion facilitator. People just launch different opinions and facts at such a fast rate that it can be overwhelming
- Don’t learn for the A, learn to stay relevant – As many of my peers have pointed out, Professor Kane has fostered a “constant learning” mindset. This is great for everyone but this class has also taught me how important it is to have this mindset. As the nature of work changes among other things, it is important to keep learning to say relevant. Become a serial knowledge acquirer to prosper in a rapidly changing and uncertain future. I’m realizing now that we need to be disciplined with learning. We need to be excited about our rapidly changing world in order to not get bored or jaded.
- We are “Teds” – I’m referencing the McAfee Ted Talk. In the talk his references that there are two types of workers: Teds and Bills. Teds are the ones that are advantaged by the education system while Bills are the ones that got left behind. Being a Ted is often overlooked and it is important to recognize and embrace “Tedhood.”
- Help the “Bills” – The future for Bills is uncertain. It is a hard truth but the world is divided by the Teds and Bills. It is becoming more and more unclear how Bills will engage in future society. On a ethical standpoint, helping the Bills where we can must be something we consider going forth.
- Knowledge can come from anywhere – Moving back to my changed view on learning, learning can happen anytime from anywhere in any context. Much of our learning for this class came from many channels: articles, Ted Talks, a Twitter feed curated by peers, and a blog curated by peers. Knowledge can be learned from far and wide and it is important to seek them out in order to get a broad, diverse viewpoint.
- Be a teacher as well as a learner – It’s great to constantly learn but it’s equally productive to constantly teach. Even if it’s not your job, chances are high that someone will find what you say useful. Over the semester, I’ve become a lot less shy with sharing the things that have learned or things that I know. Become a more active participant in social media will definitely aid in become both teacher and learner.
- Twitter needs to let us edit Tweets – The inability to edit Tweets is super annoying and has force me to delete tweets just to change single words and add hastags
- WordPress needs to let us edit comments – At least it’s forcing me to proofread my writing.
- Thanks Professor Kane – If you write on Quora in your free time, I’d definitely follow you.
Some more concluding thoughts:
- I say that I’ve become less GPA obsessed but its going to be hard to say for sure since I’m going to be done with school after this week. The ultimate test will be how much I will learn and read after graduation
- I feel that the number one greatest gift this class have given me is a voice.
Thanks for reading my rambling list and thanks for the great semester everyone!