I will start this reflection by explaining how this unit differs from other units I have ever done. Before I explain how I would like to explain my personality first. As I have described myself in one of my posts here, I am not a social personality. For example, I am not active in social media, which means I read much more than I write. Most of the time I do not leave comments because I get the feeling (heh who would care?). Maybe I have this feeling because in real life if I sense that the person/people whom I am talking to are not interested or not listening to what I am saying, I stop talking. However, I learned that people cares about what other people think of them and I learned this from observing my reactions and feelings that I have from the comments I receive from other students in this unit. I knew that I have an area in my personality that I needed to improve which is the lack of interaction on the internet.
Therefore, I enrolled in this unit because I thought it will improve this area that I wanted to improve, and it did. I have to mention that I had never written a blog before I did in this unit and I loved the experience of blogging. I know love is a strong word, but I mean it and I am planning to create my blog soon. I believe I have loved the experience for a number of reasons. First, the way of writing a blog is way more easy and comfortable than writing an essay or a report. For instance, the ability to add media content such as photos and videos makes it easy for the writer to explain the idea that she/he wants to deliver. Also, the way of referencing cannot be more convenient, all that I needed to do is just make one of the words in the blog take readers to resources pages. Secondly, I have been always interested in new technologies such as new phones and how they change from year to year as well as new technologies such as VR, Drones, 3D printing, and more and how they can change the way people live. Thirdly, in each activity and reflection, there are at least three options the I can choose from. This made writing the blog more fun and enjoyable since I choose the most interesting topic to me to write about. Therefore, I think the combination of easy way of writing, attractive topics, and the ability to choose subjects made the experience more fun and enjoyable doing.
After writing a number of blogs, I started to see some changes on the way I use the internet. I became more social on many different networks. Also, I began to appreciate some other bloggers even more than before perhaps because I now been in a similar environment of editing and searching process.
One of the things that the I like the most about this unit is the game activities. I found them very fun to do that I feel sad that there will not be more of them every two weeks anymore. Even though game activities were very fun to do, I learned a lot from them. For example, Week 2 Game Activity was about looking myself up on Google. I have never come up to me to search myself. In addition, after participating in this game, now I know a one good method of checking how well I am controlling my private information and contents on the internet.
My favourite game that I found very engaging and exciting is The Game 2016. I did not know much fun it is until I participated in it. I think that the activities and challenges in the game were well chosen. Say the Forgotten Memories challenge where I had to find I picture the I took a long time ago and made me smile when I look at it. The requirements were one picture with a couple of lines of text explaining why that picture is a forgotten memory. I end up with posting four pictures with more than 400 words as you can see here. This task is the most pleasing and enjoyable task I have ever done for a university unit. It the only one that I was smiling all the time while doing.
I found week 10 have the perfect combination of game activity and reflection topics. While the reflection I chose to do was about gamification, the game activity was The Game 2016 which is made me experience gamification while reading and writing about it. Therefore, I realise the impact of gamification on people not just from reading but also experiencing which I believe is the most effective method of learning.
Makin the poster made me realise that I can be creative sometimes which I was not aware of before. At the beginning of the process of making the poster I was lacking finding ideas. However, after a while, I had too many ideas that I need to make a great number of decisions about what to do and what to leave. Before I did the poster I did not like any university assessment that gives me a free space to be creative, so I wanted my assignments to have a clear description with clear steps of what I need to do. Therefore, making the poster put out of my comfort zone and some way IFN612 as whole put me out of my comfort zone.
In conclusion, IFN612 has a different way of learning that requires more engagement and creativity. I am sure that I am not the same person from the beginning of the semester. I have become more creative and more aware of new technologies and their impact on people. I really enjoyed this unit, and I am glad that I was part of this experience.