This module has helped me to develop my skills, expand my knowledge and change my overall views of the internet. To discover just how far I have come, I will will be using Smyth’s ‘Reflection on Action’ method of evaluation (1989) to describe, inform, confront and destruct my UOSM2008 journey.
What have I done throughout this module?
Over the last 12 weeks I have started a blog themed around the idea of ‘Living and Working on the Web.’ I have written three blog posts and reflective pieces based on this topic, exploring the key literature assigned and the research I have done around these readings. The research I did helped me to get a deeper understanding of the topics and provide a more critical and evaluating voice to my posts. It also assisted with the comments I made on others blogs. The process I went through each work is summarised below:
How have my peers contributed?
M peers contributed to my learning through commenting on the posts I put up each week. This was very helpful for gaining a different perspective on the assigned topic and helping me to reflect on my original work.
Why did I take UOSM2008?
I selected UOSM2008 to give me the chance to focus on the lab research required for my dissertation project. The nature of UOSM2008 meant I could write my blog posts in between testing participants for my research, making my timetable much more flexible.
What was I feeling at the start of the module?
I had little expectations for how the module would go. I was apprehensive at the start that my web skills would not be up to what they needed to be to do well in this module but the self-test I did in the Intro Topic helped me to see this wasn’t the case. I have redone this self-test now to show the progress I have made since the start.
What went well, and not so well in this module?
Creating my own graphics and videos for my posts turned out to be a strength in my work and something I really enjoyed producing. However, I struggled each week to ensure that my posts were within the word limit whilst still explaining and evaluating the given topic. From this I have learnt to be more concise with my writing. The video below further illustrates my strengths and weaknesses throughout the module.
What am I feeling about this module now?
Having completed all the required topics and the associated MOOC, I am very pleased I took UOSM2008. It has felt like one of the most culturally relevant modules I have taken whilst at university and I have learnt so much about myself and my peers and the relationship we have with the web.
The video below summarises the personal goals, values, beliefs and assumptions I had about this module at the start:
Where did the ideas for my blog posts come from?
The ideas for my blog posts came from the assigned literature each week and what was currently happening in the world that related to this. For example, the week we explored fake news, Donald Trump had once again been tweeting about its impact in his country, so this was something I was able to explore within the post.
What issues did I come across in completing this module?
There were no issues per se, although I did initially struggle to get my blog set up correctly. There were also weeks when my comments on others blogs were not moderated quickly enough for my to write about them in my reflection piece
How were these issues overcome?
To get my blog up and running, I watched some YouTube tutorials on how to get started with WordPress which quickly showed me where I was going wrong. In order to get blog posts moderated, I would usually try to tweet the person using the #UOSM2008 allocated to the blog. This did occasionally work, but not always.
What have I learnt and what actions will I take as a result of this module and my reflection on it?
The graphic below provides a summary of the most important things I think I have learnt from this module and what I intend to do as a result of the this.
How have my values, beliefs and assumptions been impacted since completing the module?
At the start of the module, I strongly believed I was doing everything I could to protect myself online. I assumed that fake news was obvious to spot and that future employers would only look on my social media to see if I had said or done anything incriminating. As I began to learnt this wasn’t the case, I actively sought to improve my online safety and awareness. I now have my socials set mainly to private and I have started to cross check every news article I read online if it is from an unknown source.
This module has taught me so much about my own web practices and those of others around me. The format of writing, commenting and reflecting meant that my work was going from strength to strength each week. It has also improved the other modules I have taken this semester as I have become used to reflecting and re-evaluating everything I write. I would highly recommend the UOSM2008 module to anyone who is thinking of applying.
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- Waring M., & Evans, C. (2015). Understanding pedagogy: Developing a critical approach to teaching and learning.New York: Routledge. Available at: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781317597483