Wk 1: What’s in a Name?
This is odd. My task is to blog about what I’m reflecting upon as I learn. Isn’t life a lesson? The art of waking up and stumbling to the bathroom and then to instantly check your emails… isn’t that same old, comforting routine just part of the lesson that each day brings?
Read the news online, check your email again. See how the animals are doing in my Facebook application. Move on to the status updates to check the rest of the planet out. Move on to Twitter. Make a coffee. How on earth do working people have time to work when there’s all this technology to discover, play, and interact with?
And now, just to make my life a little more complicated and a lot more technologically complex, I’m doing a BA in Internet Communications through OUA. That would be emailing, and facebooking and tweeting wouldn’t it? Isn’t that what I am doing anyway? Hell, they should be just emailing me out the degree as a PDF attachment, no assessment or study necessary. Right? Right?
So part of my assessment is to reflect on what I’m learning. This is for WEB101. I’m on Day 1 and I’m enjoying this unit. It’s filled with a bunch of interesting people, teachers/tutors and a huge diversity of personalities. You have to sign up at a bunch of sites I’m already a member of, and some I’ve never heard of! Oh Great! More places I can waste tonnes of time, and get lost in.
I’m also doing NET102. I’m not so keen on this unit. It’s bogged down in bureaucracy already and the coursework is filled with typos, grammatical errors and punctuation horrors. This whole online learning thing seemed like the perfect venture for me, but already on Day 1, I’m not so sure. I don’t ‘read’ stuff on my screen – I tend to skim. I look for the boldface, the links, the Headers to tell me what I’m looking for.
Yet when I read a book, I actually read it. It’s as if the Internet has trained me to bypass the concept of absorption but still expects comprehension. I want to print out all my studies, so I can actually sit and read them. They contain movies and poor formatting, so it isn’t possible to do that. With NET102 already bogged down in laborious readings and abstracts and extracts and 28 pages of rambling waffle before you’ve hit the first paragraph, I’m not sure how best to tackle this.
So what have I discovered on my first day? Well, I guess I’ve discovered that they won’t be sending me out a BA automatically to my Inbox, despite my web presence. And that possibly – or more to the point, probably – I don’t actually deserve it.
And that the unprofessionalism of poorly formatted and unproofed coursework irks me. I find it irksome.