In my first blog post, I talked about the nontraditional structure of this course and how it would challenge everyone to think outside the box. From the presentation topics chosen to course topics this was accomplished. The nontraditional structure has continued to allow me to go with the flow, which is something I had been previously working on personally. While there were a good amount of readings and deadlines, it was easy to follow and complete in a timely fashion due to my interest in the course topics!
Blog posts were a great way to explore different developments in technology and stay on top of current trends. Choosing topics I was interested in allowed for further learning. It also made it so much easier to write and research the blog due to the fact it was a topic that intrigued me. Reading and commenting on classmates’ blogs was a great way to interact with and learn others viewpoints on particular topics.
The wide range of topics classmates chose for their individual presentations was impressive. I gained so much knowledge throughout the course simply on my classmates’ presentations. I appreciated how prepared and informed students were in their particular topic. One thing I wish I had done was chosen a time slot earlier in the semester. Unfortunately the time slot I chose lined up with a hectic time of the month at work which made for an exhausting week. I am happy with the topic I chose because I only had a little familiarity with NFC technology prior to this semester.
As someone who has had a Twitter account but had not tweeted in years, it was actually enjoyable to get back into it. My personal account is only used for following sports trade deadlines, drafts, and signing periods.
I was able to follow tech-related accounts and read up on the latest trends while on the bus, on break at work, or before bed. It was all on my time when I decided to tweet and engage with classmates. Bringing it back to the nontraditional course structure, Twitter was a ‘do when you want’ element with little requirements, which only allowed for more creativity.
The readings tied course topics together and prepared myself for discussions. I thought the readings were insightful. I liked how each small group was assigned a reading or video which touched on a different subtopic aligned to that weeks’ syllabus. At times, I thought there were too many Ted Talks. Don’t get me wrong, some of the talks were really interesting and I even shared them with coworkers. Others were either a little dated, which I tried to indicate in the weekly survey, or they were simply too acted out as if the speakers were just reciting their pre-written lines.
The guest speakers truly were amazing. From the BC social media team to the recent panel, they were engaged and wanted to be there to share their experiences. It was incredible to hear about the forming of social media accounts for higher education and athletics when social media was first becoming popular. The individuals on the panel were experienced veterans in their respective fields and were very candid when answering questions or providing advice.
This course was the most interactive course I have enrolled in, including my undergraduate time at Bryant University. The mix of discussion in and out of class provided a constant learning environment. While in class you can see the genuine curiosity and desire to be present in my classmates, which you don’t always see. There seems to have been a diverse background in career industries for graduate students which ranged from construction management, to shipping logistics, finance and HR. This allowed for discussions and viewpoints to stray in all directions, which was great for class discussion. The undergraduate students were able to speak to their internship and project experience while at Boston College. There were some controversial topics discussed in this course and I credit students for respecting what others had to say and Professor Kane for not allowing the discussion to go down a dangerous path…especially when it comes to political views.
Best of luck to those graduating undergraduate and graduate students!