As I sit here and type this first blog, I’m not sure really what to think. This is a semester of new beginnings for me: first time living in an apartment, first time taking an online class, and first time blogging. Before the start of the semester when I first found out I was taking an online class for Intro. to Emergent Media, I was a little anxious. I was not sure what to expect and how the class would run. Now, three weeks into the course, I enjoy it and like the material that we are learning about. In chapter one, we discussed the information problem and how we live in a media saturated world. Everywhere you turn someone is either on their phone, or computer, or watching television. It is crazy to think that we have more people producing information today than ever before. I really enjoyed learning about our automatic routines and how we learn certain tasks or movements and then apply them over and over again without even having to give any effort. In chapter two we are learning about what media literacy is and the three building blocks including Personal Locus, Knowledge Structures, and Skills. I found it interesting how there where many skills that are useful not exclusive to media literacy. Obviously, as most classes are, it is important to take this information that we are learning in this class and be able to apply it to our futures and other classes as well.
As far as the class overall goes, I am liking it a lot. I appreciate the way that the class runs, giving us a week to read the chapter, take notes on PowerPoints, and then complete the assignments and quiz for that week. I love the fact that I can essentially work on the week’s assignments whenever I want and schedule my work around my other classes. I am looking forward to learning more information about emergent media and the rest of this class this semester.
When it comes to blogging, I am not sure what to say. There are times when I find myself at a loss for the “right” words in my opinion. I am anxious to continue blogging and making myself a better blogger. Being given a topic helps narrow down what I am going to talk about but structuring the blog and making it whatever I want it to be ventures over to the creative side of the class. I enjoy being able to be creative and getting to share my opinion and thoughts about what is going on in class and what is being discussed.
So here’s to the beginning of my blogging experience for Intro. to Emergent Media!