Here it is. My final post. A wrap up and reflection of my time and experiences in this unit.
Contribution to the learning community this semester
At the start of the semester, I wanted to play the role of a ‘contributor’ for this unit. I think I did that, but it was more hands on. More interactive that I was expecting. I was mostly expecting to be a spectator and not play THAT much of a ‘contributor’ role. There was one thing I tweeted (but would take forever to find that tweet- it was towards the start of the semester) that sparked a lot of likes/ retweets/ replies. I think I posted an image of the quote in an earlier post. Here it is again:
Anyway, I think Kate and Clare made the unit very, very engaging.
I made (or at least I aimed to make) 2 comments per week on my peers posts.
I commented this frequently, because I recall Clare mentioning that we’re not being marked on the quantity of comments, but more so on the quality.
I am pretty sure I talked about all topics equally, because I thought that is what we were supposed to do.
I certainly feel like I tried to ask people questions about their posts when I was commenting on them. I was not trying to argue with them, but was more like ‘What to you think about… from…’s perspective?’ I tried to get them to look at it from a different perspective to their own.
I did not really use Twitter much prior to the start of this semester, but was keen to become more engaged with it. Now, I am more confident with it. Although, sometimes when scrolling through my Twitter feed I cannot decide if I should retweet some things… I also do not read every article that people post.
The only concerns I had with Twitter prior to this unit, were more to do with a lack of confidence with it. Now, I’m more confident.
I enjoyed using Twitter.
I liked the Twitter chats. They aided in my learning in both using the Twitter chat tools (which were completely new for me- I had never heard of them), and also discussing things with my peers and hearing different and new perspectives.
I occasionally used Twitter outside of the Twitter chats (wait, does simply reading others’ tweets but not liking or tweeting them count?). In terms of the frequency of me using the #ifn614 in my tweets, I may have only done so 3 or 4 times throughout the semester. The main reason for this was that I could not think of many things to share. A couple of things were just for fun- I particularly enjoyed sharing the SNL sketch of Margot Robbie as a “sexy” librarian from YouTube. That was extra funny to me, because not only was she playing a librarian which is what I am studying to be, but I actually share a birthday with Margot Robbie. So like, what are the odds! I also did tweet to QUTIFN614 to ask a couple of questions I and liked/retweeted my peers a couple of times.
I have felt a little bit more comfortable using (actually retweeting/liking/ replying) Twitter outside of class. I have been following people with verified accounts. After the Olympics, I started following several Australian Olympians and have retweeted/liked/ replied to a couple of them.
Learning in the unit
The main take away from this unit, for me, would probably be that it has given me an idea of the kind of library I would and would not be suited to working in. I have realized that I would probably not be suited to working in the library that has children (particularly after the week we did on children) as it may be more chaotic and you may have to deal with more complaints from parents. I think if you work in an academic library, the work would be more peaceful and straightforward, and you would be less likely to receive complaints. Obviously, it depends on the individual, but I would be more suited to academic libraries.
I feel like most of the aspects of the teaching and learning were beneficial to me. Aside from Twitter, I did really like this website we have used. Much more interactive than Blackboard, which is more passive than active.
All the assessment that required interacting with my peers (ie Twitter, blogs) were useful learning tools because I came to hear different perspectives about different things- things I never would have thought of. I also feel the Grant Application was a practical assignment- but there’s more about that in my reflection for that assignment.
Quality of my work
I guess I would need a slight nudge to improve my tweeting outside of class. I have no intention on stopping now that we are done. Can we still use #ifn614 as a hashtag to tweet to each other? I still want to tweet more about non-library stuff (such as the Olympians or other verified accounts). I need to click the hashtags on the left to see what they’re about, and get tweeting! Or read other people’s tweets and reply to them.
In terms of my strengths, I actually received pretty good results for the first checkpoint of my learning journal. Something which surprised me, because I rarely got results THAT high during my undergraduate studies. Kate stated that one thing I had done well that other’s had missed was including thought-provoking questions to encourage discussion in my posts. Whether or not this was the reason my peers were replying to me towards the end, or whether it was just because Kate had reminded us all that we needed to comment on other people’s posts, I do not know. Regardless, people were answering my questions. And I continued to reply to a couple of those answers.
Well, that wraps up my final post! I hope you have all had a wonderful semester!