A Final Course Reflection & Portfolio for INTE4530/ILT5340

My Portfolio At the end of this course, I have many final thoughts. I am amazed at how much I learned and grew in an engaging course with a very interesting format. The weekly reflective summaries I composed each week illustrate my progress as a student and storyteller. By choosing my own path and collaborating with my peers, I experienced the most effective learning I’ve ever encountered. Me as a learner in this course: Of all the skills and knowledge I acquired through this course, an awareness of my abilities as a learner stands out. I jumped right in and…

Brace Yourself: Week 7 Reflective Summary

This post will be the last of my weekly reflective summaries. Next week I will be posting a much longer reflection, but it will focus on the entire course rather than just a 7 day increment. I am very excited at the prospect, but am slightly disappointed to be ending my current (weekly) narratives. I love to write and will continue to do so, but the format/content will change as things often do. With that being said, let’s jump into my Week 7 summary! Over the past several days, I am pleased to say that I was able to maintain…

Stuff I read and what I think about it: Week 7 Reading Response

Stuff I read: McIntosh (1989): White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Antero Garcia: There are No Lessons for Alton or Philando The Gender Gap in Library Education What I think: I believe this post will be my final reading response. This is not to say that I will not write my reflections on materials I’ve read. Rather, next week’s work will involve completing the final phase of ILT5340 in which we, the students, will be writing and reflecting on our blogs and portfolios. It is a sad day because I like these weekly reading responses very much. Despite my current semi-fatigued…

Fan-fiction and eye-rolling: Week 7 Digital Story Critique

The very moment I came across the term “fanfiction” in the weekly assigned readings, I felt my eyes rolling due to a combination of an immature, dismissive nature and acerbic sense of humor. I knew I had to confront this type of remix eventually. In fact, I even made a promise to myself last week that I would pick a piece of fan-fiction for this weeks critique. The very mention of the term conjures up images in my mind of a mildly-obsessive (to put it mildly) fan still living in their parents’ basement with limited outside world contact. I am opening…

Going, going, back, back, to basics, basics: DS106 Final Assignment

I believe this is my final DS106 Assignment: Back to basics. Even if I am wrong, I believe that this one warrants a special title: Oliver learns Photoshop! Yes, you read me right. I have (poorly) used Photoshop on many occasions. These occasions have been primarily related to library outreach such as flyers, brochures, and classroom handouts on databases and other research tools. In all of these instances, I was working with a template (like a coward) and was not quite ready to venture beyond my comfort zone. Even for the duration of this class, I will admit that I…

Catching my breath: Week 6 Reflective Summary

The worst and the best thing possible both happened this week. I felt myself getting extremely fatigued, but I managed to power through it. Overall, Week 6 has been very challenging and rewarding. I am continuing to develop my knowledge of digital storytelling, technological literacies, and my ability to have fun being busier than I’ve ever been. I am very proud of my Week 6 assignments. Both dailycreates were fun and not particularly stressful. Early in the term, I challenged myself to choose whatever dailycreate happens to be posted when I access the site (rather than waiting another day for…

Stuff I read and what I think about it: Week 6 Reading Response

Stuff I read: Lankshear and Knobel (2011) Ch7: Social Learning, “Push” and “Pull,” and Building Platforms for Collaborative Learning Scott Campbell: The Importance of Being Along in the Digital Era Antero Garcia: There are No Lessons for Alton or Philando Remi Holden: An Open Letter to Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology  Responses to COLTT Open Letter Reference Education: A Test-Bed for Collaborative Learning by Lorienne Roy and Sarah Williams What I think: This weekly reading response will be structured a little differently in the “What I think” section (i.e. the section you are reading at this very moment). More specifically,…