Although this course has come to an end, I can confidently say that it has been the most fruitful core curriculum course I have enrolled in through my four years journey in the university. This happened due to the diversity in the topics, assignments, and activities we covered in it.
My learning Journey
The first thing that I learned about myself is that I am not bad in writing blogs, especially that I am not that kind of person to share anything on social media platforms (may be now I could give it a shot). Something that surprised me that I am still trying to figure out how it happened is my participation in Soliya program. As I did not expect this at all, I did not participate in any class or in conversations as I did in Soliya. But the one thing I am sure of is that it made me realize that I should try to participate more in classes as it I have seen positive direct effects on me.
The new thing that I was exposed to in this course is when we did an activity about how to get a picture about something that had Creative Commons on it. As I never knew that such a thing existed, all that I knew that it is only about citations and this is it. Another very important that caught my attention is when we were viewed some news and had to check for their integrity and validity. I learned that there are different ways to check that, especially if these sources weren’t academic. With the aid of these techniques it will be more effective for me to check almost all kinds of sources throughout my academic life.
I would say that the most that will have an impact on how I can maintain a dialogue, I would definitely choose Soliya. Because of it I learned what is a dialogue, how to start it, how to maintain it, and how to benefit from it. However, the real thing I would always keep in mind, thanks to Soliya, is that if I was offended by someone I should mention that to him/her as it is just could be his/her way of communication. Although it is a simple thing, yet it is a powerful communication skill. I believe some of the videos that was presented to us either by the Dr. Maha Bali or some of our colleagues helped me to keep in mind how to communicate with people, especially those from different cultures. For example, we were showed videos that discussed how stereotyping happens and how we may not be aware that we are not joking but offending the other person, or the videos of things not to say as they benefit anyone who watches them to be more considerate when talking to people.
One of the main pillars of this course that was brought up directly and indirectly throughout the semester is that it is very crucial to be a contributor to the digital world. To be able to create useful content no matter what my field is. The assignments I did sharpened my skills as I posted them on different platforms, the talks I attended and watched (CLT Symposium) discussed why not only get better at finding sources on the internet while we can also upload our own findings in order for others to benefit from them.
The top three things I would show them to people to know about the course
The first thing I would show to anyone from this course would be the digital game I created, Clean Pile. Guess What!!! I already did that with my friends in the first phases of developing the game as I made them try it to give me feedback on it. As I came to the last phases of ending the development my game, I discovered that one of my friends was doing a project in another course where he chose to find an area where people throw garbage in the streets, then he would have to clean it and find a way to be able to sustain that this area will remain clean from this point on. So, I offered him to use my game in his class to promote for his awareness about the topic. That is why I think I will keep using it because it raises an awareness about an important topic, it shows how I could contribute toward solving a problem using digital tools, and it is kind of a cool thing I am happy I made!!!
The next thing I would show to my friends or anyone who is interested would be the post I made about exploring digital literacies as the first thing that people would ask me if I told them I took “digital literacies” course would be what does this word mean?! I believe this blogpost would give an insight about what this course might be teaching, and it will point them toward, especially if they had not heard about it, the fact that this term exists and that they need to think again of the importance of digital literacies in today’s world.
The last thing I would show to someone would be my blogpost about Information Equity and Digital Redlining. This one made me realize not to take the information we gain from the internet for granted and that they do have a value but we just need to interpret in a right way. Accessing the internet is very important, the fact that some websites are “banned” for whatever reasons is actually limiting the people’s freedom as they will be missing very important sources of knowledge that could limit their learning process or make them more vulnerable to participate in hate speech. Beside all of that, this blogpost shows how deep we get in this course and how important is the process of digital literacies as it makes sure that every step of the way is done correctly beginning from accessing the internet till adding content to it.
Things that could have been better
If I could change something about the course to improve it, I would have introduced a new digital platform to help us to contribute a more appealing content. I remember when someone working in the university came to our class to help us to become more familiar with google forms and google slides to be able to develop our games. However, I believe that this could have been done if we just watched a 2-minute video on YouTube, considering that some of us may already have experience with them. I think that it could have been better if someone came to the class and introduced to a new digital platform, for example making animated videos, and gave us a tutorial on how to make them.
I really benefited from the videos some of our colleagues presented to us, but I wish there were more of them to maximize the benefit. That is why I would suggest that each one in class has to at least once present a short video anytime during the semester. The video has to be related to the core or the topics covered in the course.
Another thing that became very hard for me to catch up with was where to check for deadlines, announcements, or last minute changes. I had to check my email, then blackboard, then slack. the main problem with slack is it does not show any notifications unless I am mentioned, then it would send the notification to me through email. I liked slack because it made communication with the professor way easier and faster and less formal. However, I would suggest that any announcement or deadline to be communicated through the blackboard but when it comes to asking about something or trying to understand it, slack will be the better choice.
The perfect personality
I believe that someone who is interested in getting to explore more on how the digital world have the potential to be a great source of knowledge, has a vision that he/she wants to implement through digital platforms, creative in displaying the content for the general public, and good communication skills will be needed to be able to interact with the class and people from other cultures.