One thing from this class that I’m sure most of us can relate, is how little I actually know of the constant changes and innovations that are constantly being worked on and released. How Covid may have hurt a lot of companies, but it also allowed for so many more to innovate and be stronger than ever.
In my first blog post, I spoke about how uncomfortable about I am about the blog posts and writing on Twitter. Though I did occasionally forget about my weekly quota of tweets and would push four out in a single hour, it was overall not a bad experience. It allowed me to be in a much more constant state of learning about the news of the world. When typically, I can just focus on school or work and be able to miss all of these exciting changes happening in the world.
My biggest difficulty in this class all the way up to this very moment, is to try and figure out what I want to blog about. Only finally making my decision the day that the blog itself is due. Even a couple of times I would see a classmate cover a topic that I was planning to do for myself and had to veer off to a new topic so that I would not get shown up. I was originally going to make this final blog post about the ethics of AI and go more in depth of what we had spoken in class. But alas, this post is to just wrap up the semester!
The blog and twitter really made this class have a sense of comradery that is unlike any other classes I have taken at Boston College or anywhere. Most classes that have the students form up together are the ones that give you trial by fire. Digital Transformation had more of a sense of Community and genuine interests that everyone shared. We were all excited each week to bring a topic to class and discuss it more. But if I have to have another conversation about the Metaverse I might just lose my mind.
Even the presentations were enjoyable! Fortunately, I had gotten mine done and out of the way early in the semester then just got to sit back and enjoy everyone else’s’ so I might have a bit of bias. Without the presentations and blog posts, I may have never heard of Lidar, Lemonade insurance, or Web 3.0 (before it becomes big.) So obviously this class is a bit different with the focus being what we want to learn about rather than the strict syllabus. Even though there was some structured lesson plan, those were always more enjoyable as we got to break them down in our groups and then with the entire class as well. The structure of the class is definitely something that I’ve appreciated, especially right now with finals finally approaching us. Very disappointed to hear that this class will not be returning in the Spring as I had told a lot of classmates that despite the warning given on the first day, this is a very enjoyable class. Considering some of the alternatives, it is not difficult to just keep up with the consistent workflow and then we also get snacks! I still have dreams about Parker’s great meatballs. That doesn’t sound exactly right, but I stand by it.
Looking back at the course description in the syllabus, I did not expect it to be so accurate. This class is for certain different, it did take me a few weeks to figure out what was going on, it is HIGHLY interactive, the workload is heavy and steady but there are no midterms or finals. What is definitely the most true, is that we are expected to learn from and teach our peers. Without everyone participating in this class, we would not have had the great experience that we’ve had. This easily could have turned into a class where we listen to lecture, discuss the reading, and then go home. But the contribution is really what made this class so enjoyable and showing up every Wednesday at 7pm.
Taking a note from @DownEastDigital, if you want to connect, please do! LinkedIn