What have I done?
During 23 Things, I have:
- Started (another) WordPress blog
- Set my aims for my own 23 Things
- Googled myself
- Reviewed my iPhone’s security settings
- Made my own Bitmoji character
- Written about my own colourblindness
- Dug out my first tweet, and tidied up my Twitter Lists
- Come up with ten things about Facebook and me
- Produced a list of tips for using web conferencing
- Created my first new song in about a year
- Told my story about copyright and Creative Commons
- Developed an Open Educational Resource
- Brought together a portfolio of ten of my own films and added some more to my Vimeo account
- Showcased several of my previously-made audio projects
- Used Storify for the first time
- Evaluated Zotero for note taking (but decided to stay with Evernote)
- Identified and defined ‘the Swartz Paradox‘
- Reflected on my own experiences with virtual reality
- Learned what Altmetrics are
- Updated my LinkedIn profile
- Played a couple of online games
- Dipped in to Dubsmash
- Had an awful lot of reflection on my own digital knowledge
The reflection task
These are the final questions asked of participants at the end of 23 Things, along with my responses.
Were there Things that you particularly enjoyed?
Very much so. It was a great opportunity to address a range of digital things that I’d put off or never quite made the time for – some ‘virtual housekeeping’, if you like. While I already had experience with most of the Things, I managed to find something to write or do for each one. I also got to try some new Things out too, like Altmetrics and Dubsmash (two wildly differing Things).
Was there a Thing that has either had something in it that surprised you, or one you particularly enjoyed?
The copyright Thing allowed me to tell a story I was already meaning to tell. The Wikipedia Thing unexpectedly introduced me to ‘data sonification’. The video Thing meant being able to reflect on and showcase my own filmmaking. The geolocation Thing resulted in articulated some ideas I’ve been chewing over without realising I was struggling with them.
Have you been reading the community blogs? How did you find the blogging aspect of the course?
I’ve been reading a small handful of other posts throughout the course, but haven’t been able to make the time to explore as much as I’d like to have done. However, once the completion deadline is out of the way, I’ll have a chance to read more of how my fellow bloggers have found this journey and hopefully make some more contributions. This will allow me to continue being a part of this without the time pressure and with a completed portfolio to back up any conversations I take part in.
I started blogging around 2006 and did this consistently till 2013. Having not done it for a few years, it was good to get back in the habit. I also started a Medium account a few months back too, and this gave me some content to add there too.
Did you have any difficulties completing the Things?
Not really, no. The only real struggle was finding the time to complete the tasks. Having made it to the end now, it seems I managed to find enough of it though.
If you were to do a course like this again is there anything you would change, or additional support you would like to see?
I was happy with how most of it went, didn’t feel any need for support, and wouldn’t really change much about the course. I didn’t always strictly follow what was outlined in the task, but in some cases used these as an opportunity to do some writing around that particular topic.
One thing that could be done differently next time is perhaps to increase the number of opportunities for people taking the course to interact with each other. This might be difficult when participants are at different stages or have differing levels of experience with the technologies, but might also help towards forging more of a Community of Practice around participation. Appreciated the opportunities to interact live with other participants, such as during the tweet chats.
If you wrote a blog post at the beginning on what you hoped to gain out of the 23 Things course, looking back on the post do you feel you achieved those goals?
Let’s take a look…
The original aims
- To complete a MOOC
- To better understand the notion of digital literacies and how they might apply to my work
- To contribute to and learn from an online Community of Practice within my field
- To stretch the writing muscle and ‘get back in the blogging saddle’
Well, in writing this paragraph, I complete a MOOC for the first time, so first aim met right there. Although there was very little mention of digital literacy throughout this course, having taken a deeper look at each of the technologies or areas through the reading and the writing, I feel better versed in the notion and am now more alert to other interpretations of digital literacy. As previously stated, the sense of Community of Practice wasn’t that high, but I look forward to actually visiting more of the other blogs now I’ve finished mine. The writing muscle was certainly stretched through, and am now pretty fully back in the ‘blogging saddle’. So all in all, I probably hit about 80% of my aims – happy to settle for that!
Thanks to all that put this together and kept it running. And if you’ve read and enjoyed any of my posts, please drop by and leave a comment. Could be the start of a good conversation 🙂