I decided to take David Wiley’s New Media, Social Media and Learning course at BYU this semester even though I’ve recently moved two timezones away. I signed up for the course because I spend most of my day, every day trying to learn about new media, social media, and learning and I figured taking a course from a “more knowledgeable other” might make the process more efficient.
Assignment number 1 for the class is to write a blog post that provides a little information about myself and explains why I’m taking the course. I just had to introduce myself for the connectivism course, so to avoid being redundant I’ll try to provide different random information about myself.
I won a story-telling contest in 8th grade. I cannot stand the smell or taste of most cheeses because of an unfortunate experience with school pizza and cooked, buttered carrots in first grade. For some reason, I can still eat buttered carrots. The only rock concert that I have ever attended was a U2 concert in Dublin and I’m slightly concerned that my next concert experience may be a bit of a let down.
I feel a little weird attending this class via distance because I’m the only student at a distance. I know at least half the class members quite well, but the rest not at all. Because I can’t see the rest of the class, I can’t watch for social cues to know when another speaker is truly finished or see if someone is just about to speak. As a result, I always feel like I’m interrupting.