Earlier in the semester I pondered over how I would consider participation and critique myself against it, in the end I arrived at something like this:
“It’s tangible, but the only real way to gauge it in a course like IM1 is to set some guidelines. Formulaic yes, no so fun, but very pragmatic.”
So here were my guidelines..
1/ Have a voice in and around IM1 and it’s online society
This means talking about blogs, our course, problems, with my fellow students.
- Through my various interactions with other students in the blogosphere as well as in vimeo and youtube, I found it quite a challenge to keep abreast of what everyone was up to. That being said, it was a challenge I was happy to undertake as it meant I could judge myself against these other students and see what they were doing, compare this to what I was doing, and get some sort of knowledge about how I was going as a result. I would give myself 7/10 for this section.
2/ Write blog posts
Seems logical enough but unless I’m prolific (regular posts) I’ll spend a night compiling about 6 and smack them on here for you to wade through. Not good.
- Throughout the semester I was on top of this. Posting about all sorts of things that interested me and/or were integral to the course. Nearing the end however this turned to posting up my videos with no sort of reflection or annotation, which could get a bit boring for some. Safe to say it petered off. 6.5/10
3/ Have an opinion about the readings
Some of us hate reading, personally I don’t, but reading in the world of academia is much more involved than the world of the novel. (Leaving myself open to criticism here). Either way, the most important thing is to have an opinion, or at least show that you get it.
- Weinberger, De Certeau, Barthes. Lots of in depth stuff right there. And I think I did a great job of showing my take on it, or at least showing some kind of perspective that wasn’t just a recap. 8/10
4/ If you know something, share it… IE. SOFTWARE KNOWLEDGE.
Play around with it. What are the limitations, features etc. and what does this make you think? After all I need to be technically proficient.
I know I learnt a lot of stuff this semester. And I was critical about it. But only inwardly. I didn’t necessarily share my findings, or help others with a lot. 6/10
Now it’s time to give myself a mark..