Badge 5:

Badge 5: Reflection on our Learning about Social Media

 

Having taken part and completing all the various exercises within the module, including the completion of our badges (1-4) and the completion of our weekly class notes, I have acquired a vast amount of learning and skills from Crystals class IS 20110 (Social Computing and Media) and I have several ideas on how I plan to apply my learning in future studies or careers. Having engaged with several social media tools and have explored a range of issues around the impact of social media on our lives, it is important to look back and reflect on the vast amount of learning and skills that have been obtained throughout the semester and to discuss the future challenges to continue my learning in this area.

 

At the beginning of Crystals module, we were presented with 5 learning objectives that she had aimed for us to acquire throughout the semester. These objectives were, to be familiar with a range of social computing applications, to be able to utilise social computing tools to solve information problems, to be able to identify, evaluate, and implement social computing applications for an organisation, to be aware of the social, political, and ethical issues surrounding social computing and to be familiar with future trends and possibilities rising out of social computing. I feel that by having completed all the exercises associated with the four badges within the module, that I have completed and acquired these learning objectives.

 

Each badge helped me  to to think and understand the role of social media tools in our digital society. For Badge 1, we learned how social media impacts our studies and everyday lives by posting through wikis and blogs. I feel that publishing through blogs and wikis has a substantial amount of significance and relevance in aiding and within assisting me in my academic studies and moulding my future career prospects by allowing me to explore the vast amounts of online technology tools, such as WordPress, that are widely available today. Joy Smith, Evelyn Mills, & Myers, (2009) found that that the use of these tools for assessment was effective.

 

I also feel that publishing through blogs and wikis can help to assist me immensely in my academic studies as a wiki is “a collaborative tool that allows students to contribute and modify one or more pages of course related materials (Vanderbilt, 2017). I am of the opinion that wikis and blogs assist and educate me with my academic studies as they allow you to express your knowledge and with Badge one we got you use the tool WordPress, a personal space where we can express our coursework. For my future studies and career, for example, creating blogs for a company, I hope to apply this learning by effectively aiding my colleagues in collaborative work to make sure that my line of work is carried out to the best of its ability for myself and my future colleagues.

 

For Badge 2, By completing all the relevant exercises associated within the badge (Badge 2) I have acquired a vast amount of learning and numerous new technological skills through using social media tools, that help us to use and manage the information we find.

 

One way in which social media tools help us to use and manage the information that we find is through helping us organise all relevant materials that can easily be retrieved at a later date. In badge 2 we were introduced to Pocket and Pinterest. both social bookmarking websites that allows users to create and manage different kinds of content, including pictures, videos, and text. I learned that there are also hundreds of other social media tools widely available within our reach today that can aid us manage the various information that we find. For example, one social media tool called ‘Apture’, a handy plug-in that finds photos, videos, links and related content that you can embed or link to within your posts with a single click. Extremely handy for locating and adding links to specific Web pages. Meaning all information can be retrieved at a later time. (Baer, 2008). For a future career I would have ambitions of applying these bookmarking skills by apply to Pinterest or a social bookmarking website to be apply  to apply my newly learned skills to everyday situations.

 

For badge 3, By completing the exercises associated with this badge (Badge 3) I have acquired a vast amount of learning, all of which, can be implemented when completing assessments to aid me with my academic studies or future careers. I feel that social media tools can hugely aid oneself to help you visualise information.

 

For Badge 3 we were introduced to prezi and piktochart and screen-o-matic, all social media tools that deal with visual graphics and information. I feel that these tools can majorly assist me in my future studies/careers by providing me with the skills that would be required with a career chosen field, Eg (Making a presentation in front of members of the board) dealing with visual information.

 

One major way in which social media tools can help to visualise information for yourself and others is by presenting information through a clear and engaging manner to others. For example, as Desale (2017) outlines, Graphviz is open source graph visualization software. Graph visualization is a way of representing structural information as diagrams of abstract graphs and networks.

 

For badge 4, By completing the exercises associated with this badge (Badge 4) I have acquired a vast amount of learning, all of which, can be implemented when completing assessments to aid me with my academic studies or future careers. By completing the exercises associated with badge 4, I came to the conclusion that it was possible to control your digital reach.  Reach refers to the total number of different people exposed to a medium during a given period. and this can be seen in the social media tools and activities for this badge.

 

I also feel that the social media tools and activities associated with this badge support my argument that it is possible to control our digital reach. Liu, Y. (2010) states that  Social media tools have become ubiquitous, students use them all the time. The most popular tools are Facebook, Wiki, YouTube, bulletin board, LinkedIn, blogging, and twittering. Meaning that social media tools such as buffer, feedly and facebook etc can enable us to control our digital reach by providing endless opportunities to our social engagements and our studies and everyday lives. For a future career, I plan to apply these skills to aid me in acquiring a job in the field of digital marketing.

 

Overall, having completed the semester of IS 20110 (Information and social computing) and having completed all the activities for the badges associated with this module, I have acquired a vast amount of learning that has allowed me to think critically about social media as a whole and also to contemplate how i can apply these skills in my future studies or careers.

 

Reference List:

 

Vanderbilt. (2017). Center for teaching. Retrieved April 25, 2017, from https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/wikis/

 

Joy Smith, E., Evelyn Mills, J., & Myers, B. (2009). Using wikis and blogs for assessment in first‐year engineering. Campus-Wide Information Systems, 26(5), 424–432.

 

Baer, J. (2008). Social media case studies. Retrieved April 25, 2017, from http://www.convinceandconvert.com/social-media-tools/the-39-social-media-tools-ill-use-today/

 

Liu, Y. (2010). Social media tools as a learning resource. Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange, 3(1), 101-114.

 

Bibliography:

 

Vanderbilt. (2017). Center for teaching. Retrieved April 25, 2017, from https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/wikis/

 

Joy Smith, E., Evelyn Mills, J., & Myers, B. (2009). Using wikis and blogs for assessment in first‐year engineering. Campus-Wide Information Systems, 26(5), 424–432.

 

Baer, J. (2008). Social media case studies. Retrieved April 25, 2017, from http://www.convinceandconvert.com/social-media-tools/the-39-social-media-tools-ill-use-today/

 

Liu, Y. (2010). Social media tools as a learning resource. Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange, 3(1), 101-114.

 

Desale, D. (2017). Top 30 Social Network Analysis and Visualization Tools. Kdnuggets.com. Retrieved 25 April 2017, from

http://www.kdnuggets.com/2015/06/top-30-social-network-analysis-visualization-tools.html

 

Davidson, S. (2017). 5 Ways to Grow Your Twitter Reach : Social Media Examiner. Socialmediaexaminer.com. Retrieved 23 April 2017, from http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/twitter-reach/

 

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