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Comments for COM300: Basic Concepts of New Media

Summer 2011

Last Build Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:18:32 +0000


Comment on week 9 – monday (15 August 2011) by nmakan

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:18:32 +0000

The insight provided in this class by both Kathy and other students was wonderful. It's rare to find an outlet to discuss new media, even amongst peers who use it incessantly. I've been surprised throughout the quarter at the sheer number of people who use many of the services which I perceived as smaller, more targeted platforms such as RSS and Google+. Our discussion surrounding online politics will be carried with me into future communications classes and beyond. The changes new media has made to commerce and news are obvious to many, but I believe political discussion and action are still untapped by the medium. This class has made me more analytical of the subtle variations in opinion that lead to larger manifestations. There's little that I'd change about the class as it stands, though I'd like to see more focus on the future of new media and the larger social implications as they stand today. I was surprised that there wasn't more discussion about the Arab Spring and feel this should have been a key example of technology shaping society. Further, I feel like a required exam/paper would enhance concentration in the class. I noticed many (including myself) becoming easily distracted by the computers before us. Then again, it *was* a new media class rich in discussion about information overload. Overall the pace and content of the class was fantastic. I'd recommend it to all.

Comment on week 9 – monday (15 August 2011) by talajoor

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 19:23:09 +0000

I was looking forward to learning about various communication-media topics, part of a reason as to why I took the class in the first place. I enjoyed learning more in depth about topics I thought I knew about (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.) I will definitely be taking away the information I learned from this class and not only using it towards other communication-media focused classes but all in my real life. I think my biggest surprise was how much I was actually interested in the information taught in class. Although I enjoyed being able to "pick and choose" which assignments I would do for a portion of my grade, it was difficult not to push it off and forget about it until last minute. From early on I should have mapped out how many points I would need to do a week so that I would not be rushed the last couple weeks, hoping to make the 125-credit cut. I liked the discussions in the discussion leader groups, however, sometimes it would be difficult to start conversation because not many people knew much more information other than what was said in the DL powerpoint. Overall I enjoyed the class, the material taught, and the environment both the students and teacher created.

Comment on week 9 – monday (15 August 2011) by emilyp4

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:58:54 +0000

This class completely surprised me in how much I learned and how applicable it is going to be not only in my major but in my daily life and career. I took this class just to gain more communication credits and thinking it would be a lecture class about past media all the way up through today's media (similar to com 201). Com 300 has turned out to be my favorite communications class yet because all the topics we discussed are so relevant to today's media and the direction our society is going with technology. The skills I learned in this class about the importance of social networking, being able to sort through information overload, and knowing how to search for the information I want on the internet will be valuable to me not only through the rest of my courses here at UW but all throughout the rest of my life. Many of the skills we discussed in this class are ones that older generations and even many of my peers don't have because they have not cared to investigate at such a deep level. These skills will be valuable and make me unique in the rest of my student career as well as in the workplace. The most valuable part of this class that I am going to walk away with is the notion that you gave us to never stop learning. I remember you saying in class one day that it is all about "learning and relearning" and I think that is one of the most valuable things a person can learn in life to take with them where ever they go! I really enjoyed this class and loved having you as a teacher! My biggest surprise was how much this class was based on discussion and how valuable that aspect of the class was. It really gave us as students a chance to build peer relationships and to bounce ideas off of one another. I love how you gave us the opportunity to do that. I wouldn't really change anything about the class except maybe making the assignment and point system a little bit more clear so that there is less confusion. Other than that I really did enjoy this class and feel like I've grown as a person as a result of it. I hope to take another one of your classes Kathy, I think you are an amazing professor and you can really tell that you care about your students and want them to walk away from this class having learned something valuable.

Comment on week 9 – monday (15 August 2011) by Sean M.

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:57:59 +0000

I believe the biggest lesson I learned was on how important it is to build up PLNs. Before this class I had been using Google Reader to pull some information to myself, but this class really brought life back to that effort. Following and pulling information from blogs and websites had not really occurred to me. My ability to pull in news has definitely been improved. While I was mostly just reluctant to admit Twitter's existence prior to this class, I must admit, begrudgingly, that Twitter is indeed a powerful tool. This does not change my opinion towards personal usage - I still decline to use the service. Rather, I find and I believe Google+ to a viable, and perhaps better, means for me to increase my awareness of the world. For future classes, better usage of Diigo is necessary, if it is used at all. The project seemed to have potential but not only did the site have issues but we seemed to not give it full attention. While sample size is important it became a bit overdone having to go out and find 10+ bookmarks at a time for a single topic. The tagging system seemed to be a bit of a disaster, along with the late game addition of a desire for date in the information tags.

Comment on week 9 – monday (15 August 2011) by gracep26

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:35:15 +0000

There were many surprises I received from this course and I gained more knowledge of digital media and its technology in today's society. I didn't know I would enjoy this class this much. Each topic was fascinated and excited me to do the reading assignments. Diigo assignment was also very interesting. I have never done that study before and it caught my eyes of so many interesting news, research, and study. Also, creating blog was my first time and it was great. I'm fan of visiting other people's blog and wanted to create one and it opened my skill to manage the blog. I will take my knowledge of digital media that I learned from this class to post UW and other classes. I didn't expect I would learn this large amount of information in this class. How everyday life is affecting by the media and how humans are changing habits and behaviors by media. We are all affecting by the media every second and that is how today is in 2011. My biggest surprise was discussion leader. I always presented to big group and presenting to small group was my first time. I was very nervous at the time but the lessons I learned made me to take a step forward to be a leader. Every topic was good and presentation Kathy made was good enough to catch our eyes. I loved everything in this class!! I want to thank you Kathy for opening my knowledge to the media!! I wish I can take another class with you in the future!!

Comment on week 9 – monday (15 August 2011) by qinghx

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 23:25:21 +0000

I was very excited about the course topic-new media. The biggest surprise I found after I took this class was that it helped me become aware of the digital world I live in; I didn't realize that I rely so much on my iPhone before, I took a lot of technologies/social network sites for granted, not knowing that they are constantly updating and gradually become a part of me. Also, I think this course is very helpful and practical because I have already started to use some of the tools being introduced in class, such as Diigo and Dropbox, I found them very useful and simple to operate. Personally I like the DL part of this class most, I have learned a lot both from my DL research experience and other DL discussion as well. I think it really provides a variety of topics/information since everyone has a different interest and concentration. And I'm glad we can get a chance to hear so many different opinions in such an interesting way. One thing I would suggest is that, in the future, be more specific about each assignment, and let us know beforehand (perhaps sending emails each time before it's due) and the students can have more time to prepare for it :) Thank you so much Kathy! I enjoyed your lectures and I really appreciate for the tools you introduced to us!

Comment on week 9 – monday (15 August 2011) by qinghx

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 22:56:57 +0000

Deborah, Amy, Chia-Ho (Question #1) 1. Education 2. Reliable electricity 3. Internet Access 4. Clean water First off, we think that in developing country, more people need to be educated and therefore they can bring up the civil level of their society and improve their countries. Also, In order to complete the other three goals, the education is the essential. Without the education, they won't be able to build reliable electricity, and without electricity, no internet access can be successfully built. Despite the importance of the internet, which breaks the isolated situation, helps people get more information and connects with the rest of the world, clean water is also very important, which increases the citizen's health level.

Comment on week 9 – monday (15 August 2011) by amy orloff

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 22:13:30 +0000

I will take a lot away from this class. Not only did I learn about the history of the Internet, but also how to use it efficiently as well as learn tips and tricks of various websites to make the most out of using the Internet. Also, I became more aware of how much I use new media and how big of an effect it has on our lives. With this new knowledge I will be able to do online research more efficiently for my other classes and be able to communicate through social networks more effectively. I will also take with me knowledge I learned from the lectures and class discussions. I think the biggest surprise was when we read about the Memex. My mind was blown how accurate the predictions were (as well as the predictions for Epic 2015). I don't think anything was extraneous or should be dropped from the class. I enjoyed the online aspect of the class because I am not the most tech savvy so I enjoyed learning how to blog and interact with my classmates through their blogs. I think it would be nice to talk about online journalism/media a little more and how to filter through the good from the bad sources (but I was happy with the amount of time spent). I really enjoyed this class and learned a lot of cool new info. Thanks Kathy!

Comment on week 9 – monday (15 August 2011) by chaes914

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 21:00:48 +0000

Before I take this class, I was not interested in new technology and digital media. I thought it is none of my business. However, I learned lots of information from this class and became a tech lover. When you introduced new websites that I never heard, I felt like I'm such an old-fashioned person and it was like I have been living another world that I never experienced.I mainly learned and was surprised how digital media is deeply rooted in my life and how it changes society. Also I was surprised there are so many websites such as Diigo, Slideshare, and Wordpress that are really helpful for my other class and my future life. Blogging and bookmarking on the web made me realize how technology is easy and convenient. Also this class gave me a chance for new experience. I could experience to lead a discussion in small group. Overall, I really enjoyed this class and I think I learned something new a lot during the summer. Thank you so much Kathy for giving a great experience!!

Comment on week 9 – monday (15 August 2011) by jesmie3216

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:50:22 +0000

What I would take away from this class is the spirit to embrace new technologies as they come along. Before taking this class, I tend to ignore new things and be too lazy to get out of my comfort zone to give them a shot. To me, every class session is like a 2 hour complete package that teaches you about what’s going on in the cyber worlds nowadays. Websites such as wordpress, and type with me that I have never heard about have become my new favoriates and made me realize how convenient and sufficient open sources could benefit with your life and work, which is also my biggest surprise just by thinking about how much I have missed. I really like the organization and time management of this class . Both the lecture and group discussion time help me and my peers communicate and exchange our own experiences. Because I enjoin group discussion so much, I personally hope that future students of this class should be given more discussion time and topics to engage more in the class. Thank you for the wonderful quarter!