I heard from my many friends about this unit. Some of them gave me bad feedback and many of them made me keen to do this unit. I got very excited when I heard that there is very fun in this unit and we have to play games. Especially, when I heard about persona assignment I make myself sure that I have to do this unit. Because I am very keen to do persona type of assignments. Before persona assignment, I checked some persona posters on google. Those posters attracted me and I started to make rough personas from week 2. But I did not get good feedback from my persona assignment which I was expecting. I was bit confused before doing persona and I confirmed many times from lecturer and friends as well. But did not get good guidance what I was expecting.
Overall, emerging technology unit was very good. I learned a lot of things from that unit. There were many things in unit which I liked the most and were few things which I did not like. When I attend week 1 lecture, I was thinking that I will learn the use of some new technologies but it did not match with reality. When I read about persona assignment I was very excited to do that assignment but when I was doing persona assignment I did not really enjoy it because it was different than my expectations. I had lots of information about that person but found very small space in persona to write about her. I do not have very good knowledge about personas use in real world. But according to me, personas are not really very beneficial in real life. Because many of the personas are fake. There is not real information. Some users do not want to show their identity to the public.
When I stared this unit I felt learning blogs quite difficult. But they are totally opposite to my expectations. I really enjoyed and like learning blogs. I never use blogs before this. This was my first experience to work as a blogger. This was really something different and new experience for me. I learned a lot from my peer’s learning blogs. Because this is good idea to know that if we have a same topic then what are opinions of different people upon it. This is one of my key learning from entire unit to write a blog posts. My favorite play activity was enrolling in MOOC’s. I enrolled in Curtin university online course. There are very good short time online course in curtin university website which are really very useful to get in touch of real world situations. I enrolled in Digital branding and engagement online course. That course was only for one month and when I enrolled only two weeks were left. That play activity expand my knowledge about new area which I did not know before and it is really very beneficial in real life as well. I am also doing some online course from that university now. My favorite reflection was playing a serious game. I played The migrant trail. Playing that game was not much fun but motive behind designing this game is very awesome. I found week 8 play and reflection activity very challenging and difficult. One reason behind this might be that I did not have much knowledge about those topics. I tried to attempt week 8 play and reflection activity but I was not satisfied because I have not completed those activities at high level. Only that was play and reflect from the whole semester which I do not like. I enjoyed all of other play and reflect activities from the semester. Furthermore, I am always very excited to play games. I felt very bad when I came to know that there was a game in week 10. I did not attend week 10 lecture because of bad flu. When I checked the announcement, it is already started and I tried to participate in game. But I did not understand how to play and what I have to do and finally I left. I was feeling very helpless at that time.
There were lots of interesting topic and discussion every fortnight in class. I learned many new areas in this unit which I did not know before. There was activity in week four to track yourself. For doing play activity I select option one which was creating an app. But when I read the activities of other students about tracking yourself. I also did that play activity. I did not know anything how to track or quantify yourself. One of my friend in that unit helped me a lot. With the help of one app name is Health in iphone6, I tracked my sleeping time. When I checked my sleeping hours I got shocked. Because my sleeping hours were too much than required for my age group. I changed my sleeping hours. After that my sleeping hours were fine according to suggestion of my GP which were recorded 6-7 hours per night. These were some of interesting and good topics in fortnightly classes. Tracking sleeping hours was very important information related to our health. Now I am thinking if I did not get enrolled in emerging technology unit, I will not be aware of very important concepts and important information.
My favorite lecture topic was open education from week 6. This was good discussion topic with my peers. That is the reason, I choose week 6 play and reflection activities for marking. I enjoyed a lot while working on these topics. This was very interesting as well. I am always very keen to learn about new topics and explore my knowledge.
This was really very good unit where I learnt something different. Writing agree or disagree comments on other students’ posts were good learning experience for me. Furthermore, Kathleen teaching was very good. I do not have any negative feedback for Kathleen teaching. It was awesome. As I am international student but I did not find any difficulty for understanding any concept in whole lecture.