Tech637- My Semester Experience

What was different about this course?

What was different about this course when compared to my other courses for the semester? I sure read a lot. I had to read an average of 5 papers for every week. But I can’t say it was bad because as learned just as much as I read. The beauty about reading in this course was that I got to share what I learned with my wonderful and fun classmates. Now the great thing about sharing the knowledge I gained was that I learned from other classmates as they too shared the knowledge they gained. From them sharing their knowledge, I was able to gain insights into the reading that I would have had had not we shared our knowledge. It was somewhat similar to pair programming, where two programmers work together on the same code. In this was they are able to give each other ideas on how to go about solving a problem. This was probably the most engaging class I’ve ever had and I loved it. It’s also cool when your professor encourages you to tweet in class. But then again it was a social media course, so we were supposed to tweet in class. I encourage anyone reading this to try out Tech637 @ Purdue University for Fall 2014.

 

Favorite Topics

Well one my favorite topics was the use of the social media to maintain weak ties. The readings did a great job at showing the great benefits of weak ties, but what made it even more wonderful was the fact that I was able to see how social media was able to easily facilitate this process. Another great topic, well presentation session was the class on the dark side of the internet. If I had to remember one thing from class that day id that troll no longer live under uder the bridge awaiting little goats to cross. They have become technologized and move to the internet. Word of caution when meeting a troll on the internet: DON’T FEED THE TROLLS!

 

Personal Takeaway

Social media had brought a world of change to what we all know as the internet and has completely transformed it. It has brought many benefits such as the easy sharing of information, but like every good thing it can also be abused if we don’t manage it carefully.

I learned so much on various social media tools and websites. How I’ve also realized that it is impossible to keep up with every form of social media. However I can utilize those social media toolts that I think may be of greatest value to me in both my personal life and professional life/career. I care about maintaining my weak ties, so I will make use of Facebook in order to maintain those ties. Twitter is a great tool to express my thoughts on interesting topics, or maybe follow people who are of interest to me to know their latest developments. I will encounter other along and will evaluate them to see how much they can improve my life and from there I will make a decision. Signing out DDJohn from #Tech637

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One response to “Tech637- My Semester Experience

  1. I enjoyed your reflection, well written! I agree with you, one of my favorite topics was weak ties but crowdsourcing, as well. Very powerful! Finally, just want to wish you happy holidays!

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