December 9, 2013 – Personal reflection on my experiences with EdTech 543 – Social Network Learning.
This class exceeded my expectations in that it was more challenging and more rewarding than I thought it would be at the start of the semester. Though I felt, at first, that some of the work was simply busy work, I see the value of each of the assignments now that they are completed. Because of this class, my eyes have been fully opened to the potential and potency of social media in education. The foundation that this class has given to me has already started to yield returns in my professional endeavors.
I had high expectations for this class, but I couldn’t envision at the start of this semester what the content would be and how much it would challenge me as a learner. Now that the semester is coming to a close, I naturally have a mental overview of the course and feel satisfied with my experience in this class. It was worth the cost of time and money and I would highly recommend this class to other students in the MET program. In fact, I’ve used it as an example of a rewarding class as I’ve recommended the MET program to potential EdTech students.
From time to time, in the course of the semester, I felt like a few of the assignments were more busy than they were work (if you know what I mean), but knowing that one of my expectations for my coursework in EdTech is exposure, I engaged in the assignments with an open mind and discovered many new resources that I might not have otherwise found were it not for the content of this course. For various reasons, I probably won’t use all of the different resources that I encountered (at least not yet), but I know they are there, I have some experience with them, and I have learned that there are more platforms and resources like them.
When I started the MET program, I thought Twitter was a means of telling the world what you had for breakfast and Facebook was just a big online social party and television alternative (time wasters). With each successive course that has dealt with the use of social media in learning, that perspective has changed. This course served as the capstone on that change process in that it has pulled everything together in a cohesive manner, dramatically changing my view of the role and benefits of social media in my work.
I have already started to implement at work the lessons learned in this course and have laid a long-term plan for professional development that depends very heavily on network learning through social media platforms. I’m very happy with the outcome of this course.
I hesitate to present anything that may look like an excuse, but this one is worth the risk. This past semester has been the busiest, most hectic of all that I’ve experienced with BSU. This is not necessarily because of the coursework that I selected this semester, but because I am in a different employment situation than I was previously. It was not uncommon for me to stay awake until 3:00 or 4:00am working on assignments because it was the only time I had available to complete the work.
For that reason, I only blogged on what was required by the course. Now that my general coursework for the MET is coming to a close (portfolio is next), I look back on my experience and wish that I had blogged more often, but acknowledge that this is a habit and practice that will develop slowly in my life. I gratefully acknowledge that the structure of my courses has kept the habit alive and express a slight degree of trepidation that, unless I restructure my working environment to support blogging habits, I may lost sight of blogging once this program is finished. I plan to enact the first option and am taking steps to proactively achieve this goal.
Given that the syllabus states that we should blog in an ongoing fashion, which I have done because of the assignment structure within this course, and given that I try to put my best thoughts into my posts and take my time in crafting them, I would propose full points for my blog entries.