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Week 13: Information Programs unit reflection

27 Oct

My blog post

I’ve been learning Information Programs for more than 12 weeks now. I completed the play and the reflect activities in week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10 and 11. The list of all the activities which are required to post in my blog is: week 2 reflect,  week 3 reflect, week 4 play and reflect, week 5 play and reflect, week 7 play and reflect, week 10 play and reflect, week 11 play and reflect.

My thinking of the unit

This unit has introduced me to a variety of different softwares. I began to set up my personal learning networks (PLN) from week 1. I’ve learned a lot from Blackboard unit site and PLN. But the more I have learned, the more I want to learn. They are really interesting. If the time is enough, I would investigate them further. Because I have learned the basic knowledge and skills here, I think it is better to learn more when I need them in the future. I won’t worry the new technologies too much since I’ve got my PLN to support me! Thank you for all the helpful people.

I decide to continue using social media for my personal learning network. So far, I’ve been enjoying reading some interesting tweets, Facebook contents and blogs. They are inspiring, insightful and educational. One tweet that has inspired me is about a photo. In that photo, a library book has been put on a chair in the park by a librarian. I think it is a creative way to serve the community. But I forgot to retweet the tweet. I’ll try to remember to retweet such a good tweet next time. I have also found that the changing in information and library service study is fast. It will keep changing in the coming years. Many libraries management teams are trying to adjust the current services to suit this change (Hallam, McLeod, & Booth, as cited in Ponting, 2013a).  So, I need to learn the changing through PLN in the future.

In week 1, I’ve got a very brief overview of this unit. I just felt very curious about what all the contents would be. I thought it would teach me about how to design information programs. But the unit schedule (Ponting, 2013b) shows me some ‘strange’ terms which I had no ideas of their meanings. After this 12 weeklong busy study, I can see some reasons why we are studying them. The main reason is that Web 2.0 has ‘enforced’ us to learn them. Web 2.0 is about harnessing collective intelligence. Without learning them, I could not understand some technologies which are/will be used in information programs. The proposal assignment is an example. We have used web 2.0 to cater all kinds of demands in our proposed information program.

The weekly activities

The weekly activities are not easy for me as they are nearly brand new knowledge and skills for me. Some of them are very interesting. I like gamification learning activities. Gamification is a future-proof way to design many programs. People like to be motivated where they can enjoy their involvement in the interactive activities. The thinking of using gamification with good content is a really useful way to make people enjoy the information programs. I have enjoyed image sharing and creative commons learning as well. It is also useful to learn for it can be curated and/or mashed up.

One thing I feel annoying is that I have to use many accounts with different passwords. I need to read through the boring agreements of use. All the settings should be set properly for privacy reason. And I will probably need to adjust the setting in the future when the software changes.  In addition to this, some passwords have to be changed regularly to keep the accounts safe. Because I have met a problem with my old email account once, so I am very cautious now.

Future

From this unit, I’ve learned a lot through the interactive activities. I think Information Programs will be improved more when the new trend emerges. I, lifelong learner, will continuously improve my information programs learning from my PLN! Thank you for all the essential unit learning materials and your support, Deb!

 References

Ponting, D. (2013a). INN333 Information Programs: Workshop 4. Retrieved October 29, 2013, from http://blackboard.qut.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_4_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2FcourseMain%3Fcourse_id%3D_103802_1

Ponting, D. (2013b). INN333 Information Programs: Study guide 2013 [Supplemental material]. Retrieved October 29, 2013, from http://blackboard.qut.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_4_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2FcourseMain%3Fcourse_id%3D_103802_1

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Week 3: The role of blogging and tweeting for my study

11 Aug

The role I think blogging and tweeting will have in my learning is essential in this unit. I am now learning information programs. Blogs and tweets are just part of the learning contents. To be good at this unit, I have to learn how to be good at blogging and tweeting.

Blogs and tweets will form good learning networks for me from now on. I have just created another new network, on Twitter, for my personal learning today. To be a professional, especially in information study domain, I should keep renewing my knowledge.  Having many essential timely learning channels would keep me being well-informed. Blogs (including microblogs) are some timely learning channels which will prevent me from staying behind.

Blogs’ functions:

  • Blogging and tweeting are activities that I can give out my personal opinions and questions. In return, I could get help and some comments which are very valuable. It will also encourage me to learn more.
  • Even if I just look through some of the tweets or blogs, I will get some new information about what’s going on recently.

Learning opportunities are immense on the internet. More than 2000 years ago, it was said by a famous educator, Confucius, that,

“In a group of three people, there is always something I can learn from.”

But, in this information overload era, most people would intend to refuse to get too much information to some extent.

Beyond this unit, I think microblogs (Twitter) would be more efficient for me in my studying progress. Because I think if I can filter the information properly, like using #, I would not get too much information that is irrelevant for me. As Davis’ talking in her video from learning resources in week 1 on QUT Blackboard, I think I can understand what # means on Twitter. In this way, if I find that the person gives me interesting information on twitter, I will go to the relevant blogs or other sites to explore more.

I will use Twitter after this semester, not for killing time! I might continue to use a blog, if I have time to manage it on time after this semester, to enhance my online identity and PLN!

Week 2: Online identity reflection

4 Aug

 

My online identity is under construction now! I only have 2 new identity “cards”: a facebook identity “card” and a website (blogs) one. I will get more. I hope my virtual identity will be clear in the next few weeks. Before this unit study, I have not got any online identity except the email accounts with a private nature comparing to the open social networks. In general, I would not want to be too open to strangers. That why I had not signed up in Facebook before. After I have learned through all the week1 contents for INN333 unit shown in the Blackboard, I am able to confidently set up my Facebook account. I have not got a good photo to show myself yet. Maybe I will not add my photo in future.

Online identity is important for a professional, because it will be helpful to set up a good PLN. Good personal learning networks (PLN) would be beneficial for everyone. For example, there was a problem which I did not know how to solve: when I logged in to the account, I found that my first post setting is public, but all the others are only limited to INN333 group. I tried to change the setting to the same as others, but I failed to make it. Luckly, Kahli helped me immediately after I asked in the Facebook. PLN is really useful when people have questions!

To make me comfortable and confident, I would like to share my opinions about some professional development. A website (blogs) and Facebook are 2 aspects of the virtual world identity, therefore it is crucial to set them properly.  After I looked through all the contents for week1&2 in Blackboard, I can clearly understand the concept of online identity.

Reputation would add good value on the online identity.

The easiest way to build your online reputation is to attach your real name and a link to your web site to the things you’re really passionate about.

The politeness will bring reputation too. I need to remember all the proper conventions that I need to pay attention to, such as some blogs etiquette.

Now I changed my blogs platform from Blogger to WordPress, hoping that it will bring more professional effect.  My blogs website has basic characters now, so I need to make it look more professional shortly to have good reputation. I would try my best to have an invaluable online identity in future.