Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Final Chapter... (or is it?)

I have really enjoyed this class and wish I would have spent more time with all of the materials. I spread myself a little too thin this semester and plan to use this summer to go back and take a deeper dive into many of the topics of the course. I was not sure what to expect from this course and felt like coming in I already had a pretty good idea of what new media was, but Dr. Peppler did not disappoint! Some of the readings were of people that I had heard of, but never read, and many were new to me. I have learned so much in the course, but feel like there is so much more to learn. To use an on overused cliche, this really is the tip of a huge iceberg for me and I know it will take a while, but I am very interested in learning more about the many topics that we touched on during the semester.

I think the things that were most interesting to me were finding out about some of the real life projects that people are doing with kids (and adults) to include new media. Great stories about after school projects where students don't want to go home at night because they are still building a circuit or creating something on a computer program. This kinds of stories are so interesting and inspiring to think that there are more types of activities out there to inspire kids to learn.

It was also good to see a well organized online class that took advantage of some of the new tools that are available. I really liked how the embedding of the wordpress site worked well to be right in oncourse. It was nice that Dr. Peppler actually worked within Oncourse to a good extent, while many other professors just bypass it and go to an external site. I wish we would have had a few more synchronous sessions using video chat or face-to-face for those in Bloomington as I think this really adds a great dimension to an online class. I would recommend having at least 3 or 4 synchronous sessions in the future as I think it would add to the class.

I also like having the smaller blogs so that we got to know each other a little better without having the whole class in one single space. I really like the VoiceThread and while I had played a little bit with it before, it was capable of a lot more than I previously thought. I really, really liked being able to record my own voice and be able to hear Dr. Peppler rather than just read the text. The commenting feature was great, but similar to a forum, one disadvantage is that if you are the first person on the thread you might not get as much out of it, or you will need to go back and read the comments again which can be time consuming. I found myself wanting to wait until the end so that I would be able to read the others comments or posts, but that is not really a good thing. In comparing it with the forums, I would say that I like the VoiceThread a lot. The one advantage of the forums are that if you are really in a hurry, you can digest a lot of text in one quick spot with a forum, but you are not able to get as much out of it. The VoiceThread, kind of forces you to take your time and read all of the comments which is a good thing.

Overall I have really enjoyed this class and have gotten some good ideas for future study. I know that this area will continue to change and I am very excited to see what the next steps of new media will be. I put the title of this post as "Final Chapter...(or is it?)" because really this is not a final chapter for me. I am still trying to figure out future research areas and this will hopefully fit in well for me so that is just the beginning of a bunch of future studies.

Thanks everyone that has made this class great!!


  1. Ah, it's definitely just the beginning! I like that! Hmm... I hadn't thought about strategizing on when to post but I can see that... It's a challenge too from a teaching standpoint to know when and how often to comment...

    Happy to hear that the synchronous session was a success in your mind -- I think that I would definitely do one at the start and at the midterm again as it was a great way to get everyone on the same page. Logistically, it was a bit of a challenge as it tosses up when things are due, etc. but I think with a little more thought this would all work out just fine...

  2. Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could e-mail me?