When picking UOSM2008, I really didn’t know what to expect. I did know however, that in my final year I wanted to do a course that was different from all the others. Something that would provide me with transferable skills when I finished University.
Have I improved?
At the start of the course I was told to self test myself on certain important aspects of the course, reflecting on this, by doing a second self test, I can see that by undertaking this course I have improved massively on certain aspects such as:
So what physical changes have I made?
Over the topics, it was significantly important to understand the dangers of the internet in respect to your privacy and security.
All though I shared no personal information on my Instagram or Twitter,
I did realise that I had shared my previous education on Facebook:
This is information that did not need to be shared on the internet, and could be used to copy my identity, so I have removed this information so that it now looks like:
As well as this, I have created myself a professional account on LinkedIn, in order to separate my self-presentation and self-promotion (Dijck (2013 pp.199)
All though I still have a lot to complete on my LinkedIn account, I am adamant that it will be a useful tool to build my professional profile when I finish University.
On top of these changes, I have learnt the following skills:
At the start of this topic, I found the really low word count, specifically hard to deal with, this is particularly evident in my introduction topic, and I believe I had only really mastered it when I finished topic 2,
Topic 2 was the first week that I incorporated a large amount of self-made information graphics and created my own YouTube video;
I quickly realised that creating a YouTube video to explain a specific aspect of a topic, in this scenario ‘Echo Chambers’ allows you to, with detail, explain a topic using no words at all.
I also realised the importance of Information graphics to explain topics with a large word count, what is evident, is the huge improvement in quality and the extent to which I used them to provide information from my first information graphic as the course went on.
An infographic used later in the course in a reflection post:
I believe this shows that as the course has gone, I quickly began to improve my skills in order to get better grades. It also shows how I began to become more savvy with the software in order to create visually appealing graphics.
So I have created this video to show what I have learnt over all the topics and the skills I have gained throughout the course:
Source: Video created using PowToon (Farrell, 2018)
But what didn’t go so well?
Reflecting on the topic, there are a lot of things that I wish I had done better.
For example there was a couple of technical problems that I wish I had become aware of before my post was marked, such as a YouTube video on topic 3 that was not embedded properly:
On top of this, admittedly it took me a while to completely get the referencing system right, I was constantly forgetting to cite myself when I had created my own information graphics.
As well as academically referencing all sources used.
At the start of the topic, I would often do the blog near the end of the deadline, all though this did put me under stress in regards to getting it done on time. I did find that the earlier I did it, especially topic 3 which I published a week before the deadline, the less comments I would get on my blog due to the layout of the homepage, with people often commenting on the blogs on the first page instead of going through to the other pages to see blogs that had not already been commented on.
Concluding Thoughts. What I would have done differently:
Having completed the course and reflecting on all the steps I took to get to this stage, there are multiple things I would have done differently.
At the start of the course, I wish I had applied myself more, even in the introductory topic. The reason being that it would have meant that I would have understood the software a lot faster, allowing myself to make much better information graphics and videos at the start of the course, allowing my grades throughout the course to appear much more stable across the board.
I would have put effort in to uploading my blog at a certain time, regardless of when I finished it. A lot of the learning I did came from the comments my peers made on my blog and the discussions I made on other peoples blogs, for example:
But I found that, the earlier you posted it, the less comments you got.
Although I have enjoyed my time blogging for this course, I’m not sure I will continue blogging on this account.
Mainly because I don’t do anything in which I find myself wanting to blog about, neither do I think I’ll be able to commit myself time wise in to writing them for enjoyment, when I start full time work.
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van Dijck, J. (2013). ‘You have one identity’: performing the self on Facebook and LinkedIn. Media, Culture & Society, 35(2), pp.199-215.