For the past three months I have been involved in the class living, learning and working in the context of the digital economy. During this class I was able to learn about the digital society that we live in and various aspects of the culture that I knew very little about.
While studying the course I have written blogposts each week which I have researched different topics and examined points and then posted them to WordPress. I have also commented on others blogposts and discussed face to face the issues covered with a group in university. By commenting on others blogs and having comments on our own I feel that this has really helped to enhance my learning. The comments which were left were often comments that provoked other issues which I had not thought about and also showed other people’s points of view. I found this particularly beneficial as the comments made gave me feedback from different people and allowed me to change my thinking. I also left comments on blogs of my peers and found that reading their blogs highlighted areas which we thought similarly about and other areas which I had not considered. I would provide feedback on ideas I had had when reading their post and writing my own.
The class also had to set up Twitter accounts and tweet using #LLWDE14. The idea of using the hashtag was good but I feel it didn’t work to it’s fullest potential where people were tweeting ideas and opinions. I tried to tweet articles and share websites I had found but as I didn’t use Twitter before this class I could sometimes forget about it. However I did feel that the live Twitter sessions we had in class worked as people showed opinions then and commented on one another’s tweets. During these sessions I felt that I was able to see what others in the class were thinking and this helped me further to form my own ideas in the subject we were discussing. I also followed various people on Twitter to enable me to gain more knowledge for the class and found this very useful.
I found this class particularly useful as it helped me to gain a good understanding of the society that we are living in and enabled me to learn about topics and issues I didn’t even know existed. I have also been able to consider the concept of technology in the classroom and the importance of becoming digitally literate. This is something which I now feel very strongly about and believe should be considered more in society and in education as a key issue for learning. However I wouldn’t have these ideas had I not researched and learned from reading and learning from my peers about the good and the bad of the digital economy.