What I learned in IS6621 is…

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.”
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. WordPress needs to let us edit comments – At least it’s forcing me to proofread my writing.
  11. 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!












  1. thebobbystroup · ·

    Wow. I had no idea what you were talking about with “Facebook’s dating feature,” so I Googled it. That is huge news. Moments like this are why I loved this class so much. I may actually continue to follow the #IS6621 hashtag even after finishing this semester just to be able to stay updated on tech news.

    And yes, having to delete and re-tweet due to forgetting the hashtag is super annoying. I agree that an edit feature is long overdue.

  2. JohnWalshFilms · ·

    “Don’t learn for the A, learn to stay relevant,” “Be a teacher as well as a learner,” and your comments on improving your online confidence are such phenomenal takeaways. I think I was hesitant to post about video at the beginning of the semester, thinking “who am I to do so” in many ways, but seeing our class’ engagement and responsiveness improved my confidence and also encouraged me to learn from other “peer experts” studying their own fields. Thanks for an awesome post!

  3. Keenan Neff · ·

    I agree with your comment on how Twitter needs to let us edit tweets. If you misspell one word it’s so annoying to delete your tweet and repost it again. Anyways, I completely agree with your point number 4. I feel like a lot of teachers emphasize this in their courses, but they don’t implement it in their course. What I mean by this is that they stress the importance of learning, but then give you tests worth 30% of your grade that stress you out so much. The way this course was structured with grading made it a lot easier to focus on the learning to stay relevant. The fact that this course allowed me to be constantly learning new things on different topics really made it a lot more interesting. Another reason why this class was so beneficial was the fact that we weren’t restricted to a textbook. All of our learning came from Ted Talks, articles, twitter feed, and individual presentations like you mentioned. The fact that we were able to learn what we were interested in without any restrictions really made this class seem like a giant dinner conversation. Anyways, really liked this post, have a good semester.

  4. jennypenafiel11 · ·

    Great points! I like how you highlighted the McAfee Ted Talk and the importance of continuous learning. I think they go hand in hand because as we continue to learn and move forward, we have to remember to be aware of where we stand in the midst of the changes but also remember that others are being impacted differently. It’s also great to hear that you feel like you have a voice. Part of what allowed us to continuously learn in this class was the engagement of our classmates and the sharing of knowledge. As you mentioned in point 8, its important to be a teacher as well as a learner. Of course, it was easy in this class when the information was neatly organized by the IS6621 hashtag but going forward we need to continue to do that in whatever new audience we find ourselves in. We’ve gained so much knowledge in this class that is definitely worth sharing.

  5. DingnanZhou · ·

    OMG I tried typing isys6621.com and the same result pops out! I guess the habit of blog reading has formed and my browser knows it. I actually log in WordPress.com every time… did not figure this shortcut out. Great echo on the number two relation point. It was great to have audiences from this class. Almost every tweet I sent will be likely to get likes, comments/ retweet. The twitter/ blog fields have been so active that I have become a frequent user, probably because of network effect haha! Your presentation on the internet of things was great, and your blogs are always interesting to read. Keep up as an active learner!

  6. mqzhang · ·

    To borrow a thoughtful line that incites eyerolls these days: “With great power comes great responsibility”. We, as educationally-empowered members of the workforce have a responsibility to those who aren’t as advantaged to create opportunities in which all members of society thrive and grow at an equal rate. This can sometimes be a difficult concept to enact since we, as humans, have a natural tendency to seek advancement over others. However, once we recognize that, by helping others, we are actually helping ourselves through the net benefit of improving society, we can be more incentivized to build bridges instead of islands.

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