I don’t even know where to begin. This course was what you could say my light of the semester. Through the darkness of exams, assignments, papers and quizzes, this course always brought a smile to my face. It was a good way to start my Mondays and Thursdays. It wasn’t just because of the learning but because of the open space we created as a group. Not once was I scared to voice my opinion in fear of judgement. As a group, we really did create something special.
Let’s get to the critical part of the assignment. So what did I learn in this course? Let’s begin. Firstly, I learned to listen to others, you can consider that a skill. Something about me is that I know I’m too quick to judge someone or to make my own assumptions so learning this skill allowed me to become somewhat of a better person. I think I obtained this skill through interactions and activities in class. The idea that each person would share their own perspectives and everyone would accept the different opinions was highlighted through our interactions in class. There were so many people who made some serious comments that boiled my blood. Holding back and accepting differences was definitely hard but I managed. I think this skill goes beyond classroom walls. So in terms of my academic life, it will help me learn from others but also be exposed to the different point of views of people just like it did in this course. But any skill is not only subject to classrooms, so I do think it will most definitely help me in my social life and career because one shouldn’t be so quick to judge.
Other aspects of the classroom that will help me in my academic life would definitely be how to know whether something is copyrighted in that you cannot use it. One this that was so valuable to me was the search.creativecommons.org because I was able to find pictures I wanted when I know for sure they are of use. For my social life, the listening skill will definitely do but we live in a community where gossip is essential similar to fake news. Actually, you can call it reality’s fake news. So I think the skills we learned when figuring out whether it is fake or real such as checking the source or if anyone else is talking about it, can be really helpful in my social life.
If I were to show someone my learning in this course, I would use these 3 assignments: the Soliya reflection, my ALTCV and the curation project. I chose these specifically because they really opened my eyes to things I was so oblivious to. The Soliya reflection is a depiction of my experience in Soliya, which is one that I will truly remember forever. I met people from all around the world. My meeting room included students from Cameroon, Italy, Korea, US and Algeria. It was very exciting being exposed to different cultures and to have the chance to debate on topics that are not necessarily discussed in our daily life. Soliya was the first time I ever participated in such a platform. It was truly different than any online communication platform that I might partake in daily. Instagram and Facebook are probably the only two platforms in which I communicate with others online. Yet, the communication differs greatly in the sense that it is not face-to-face. It is so virtual that I feel that the connection between people communicating is somewhat distorted. Soliya offered an alternative that was still virtual.
The reason I chose my ALTCV was because I stayed for like 2 days trying to finish the assignment and I had no idea what to do or write. I am the type of person who cannot see their achievements other than the typical ones you would find in a normal CV. I sat my sisters down for this assignment and told them to say one good thing about me. I realized that I can acknowledge the unprofessional aspects of my CV as a positive thing. Finally, the curation project. I would say I learned more from the curation after being exposed to other classmates’ projects. The curation project raised awareness on how you can become digitally literate and be effective at it. We all are available on the social web but what we do on it is what differentiates us. The path we take to share information with others can be greatly significant. So whether you are a creator or sharer of content, you will affect someone in a way. Setting your mind to affecting people in a positive way and making sure each post you do or share depicts the positivity of life and our surroundings is so beautiful to watch. I probably think the curation was my favorite assignment of all because I had so much fun doing it.
If I could change a couple of things about the course in order to improve it, I would change the amount of assignments. I think it puts on so much pressure on students when you know that each class you have something due, no matter how big or small it is. In my opinion, I would rather receive like 4 big projects and 5 small one rather than a lot of small assignments but like 1 or 2 big ones. This course is not part of anyone’s major so the reason for enrollment is to have a fun, light but eye-opening course for an elective. When the workload seems (not truly is but it feels like it) like it heavier than an entire major course, it sets the student into a stressful episode. Another thing I would add (not change) is more activities in class. The discussions were great but they were not as effective like when you put concepts into play. The privilege walk was a day where I was absent but when my classmates told me about it, it seemed very fun. I waited for something else like that for the rest of the semester but nothing came along. The activities that could be added could include my contribution project.
I would say that the person who should take this course should be a humorous, down to earth human that is open to new experiences, beliefs and can stand to argue with people but at the same time back out of arguments that they know will not get them anywhere.