This is it, my final blog.
So basically starting this thing over, I’ll go over my feelings about the assignments we did over this 15-week course. To be honest, after the first 6 weeks I thought I was way over my head. I was struggling with getting everything set up and getting my domain up and running. Because of that, it made me fall behind with my assignments and really just put me way behind. So basically, my first opinion was that setting up our domain and web hosting went too quickly. I’m guessing with my assumption that I was a small minority of people that had this problem, but nonetheless that was my first problem or comment about it.
The main difficulty with me was keeping together all my usernames and different accounts that we had to create. It became very difficult to keep all this together. Add that in, with the face that I had no idea what I was doing, so when I heard talk about needing to set up my domain, web-host, is my RSS in order, word-press and in subcategories of that like c-panel and wp-admin. Honestly, it just went too fast or maybe wasn’t cleared up but to be fair to myself, I probably didn’t give it the full amount of effort that I needed to. Part of it was laziness and lack of interest, another part of it was me trying to read through Adel Kay’s story and web augmenting, and web 2.0. I found it all very difficult to do. So I guess maybe a suggestion to that would be make those assignments due a little later. Those 6 frame picture stories would probably have been a better fit during this time for me.
Those reading were very difficult to get through on their own. I will say that they were good for the course though. From what I was able to grab from the readings, I actually learned some interesting things and got some ideas of tools I could use for my digital story telling.
Final critique I have was deadlines and due dates. It was hard for me to get assignments in on time because I never knew if the assignment was due at midnight the day before class, two hours before class, or due during the start of class. So maybe a suggestion would be a course-long deadline or whatever you call it.
Some things that I really enjoyed was working with flickr. My favorite part was the daily photo assignments actually. I’ve never really been all that creative but when being given a creative assignment like that and seeing people’s photos really helped trigger the creative part of my brain. Not to sound corny or anything, but it helped prove the ageless saying, a picture is worth a thousand words. Just the different ways to deliver a story through flickr images was very interesting. Either by a 5 frame story with no words or just one picture being able to tell a days worth of events. Different ways of delivering a story like that was really interesting to me actually. I really suggest more work be done with flickr. From what I saw with other people’s blogs it seemed like others enjoyed the photo assignments.
Sound project was pretty interesting for me as well. Basically getting the opportunity to experiment was fun to me. Especially the fact that I am not tech savy, I was able to do things that I see other people’s domains so that was good. Another thing I really enjoyed about the class was learning about different websites. I had never heard of Jing or chat roulette, or audacity so I really placed value on that. I recommend you keep doing assignments with different sites like that, because not only is it interesting but you really get learn about the new “web 2.0” haha. But seriously, I think sites like that are really important to learn about in the 21st century world.
Now finally with my digital storytelling. I actually really enjoyed this aspect of the class. I was able to find a story that I could really get behind and since I was already doing all the work, writting it down was all that difficult. At first, I was just writting down game reports and when I was heading to the gym, but eventually my writting evolved, into what areas I needed to evolve in and started wrtting about where our team need to strengthen and made predictions against future opponents. Because of this digital assignment, I have actually considered becoming a coach in the near-future as well. Once I became comfortable with a media website (flickr), i started adding highlights, post-interviews, and slideshow photos. I was fairly happy with my digital story. I was even able to find professional players recovering from their injuries so it was interesting being able to have a connection in a way to them. One thing I wish I did was include photos and videos of my training sessions. Whether it was practicing with my teams or heading to the gym. Other than that I was satisfied with my blog. I didn’t really think I needed to use audacity to tell my story. Maybe I could have added some more interviews in audacity but to be quite honest I like video interviews better.
All and all, I really enjoyed this course and will recommend it to people in the future. If you had asked me 6 weeks into the course I would have given a different answer, but as soon as we got into flickr and our own digital story the class became one of my favorites that have taken so far in my college career. It was also very enjoyable to see other people’s blogs and see what they were talking about and how they compiled things. Thanks for reading my blog.