For some reason, this course week felt easier but that might be because the rest of my life felt harder. Personal struggles plus global tragedies aside, I think I am becoming more efficient about getting my work done which allows me to go deeper in my learning. I have been starting my weeks with projects from the DS106 Assignment Bank because I find them the most enjoyable. I am feeling better about taking the risk of being creative in public. For my DS106 Assignment I created a warning poster about work-life balance. I played around with quite a few images before settling on the ones that ended up on the poster. Overall, it was simplistic but effective.
This week’s reading Lankshear and Knobel chapter 7 focused on social learning, the relationship revolution of the internet and the concept of the pushing out of information opposed to learners pulling in information. I read Scott Campbell’s article about the lack of solitude in the digital world and for my own scholarship I read about how being constantly connected can hurt our mental health and work-life balance. All of these works have a theme of connectedness and an abundance of information. My annotations on the required and recommended reading lead to some interesting conversations with my classmates and some better insights of the material.
I really loved the digital story I critiqued this week. I shared and analyzed Eric Pinkerskill’s photography about cell phone usage. I really enjoyed delving into this story, the artistic component of it, and seeing the effects this type of work can have online. Normally I would have seen this work through social media, thought it was cool, and moved on. But, by doing a story critique I really got to spend time getting to know the work and its effect.
I ended up doing three Daily Creates this week since I was testing myself to see how many I could get done. I thought for sure I would have done more. I may try to take this challenge next week. Also, next week I plan to take my theme, work-life balance, a bit more personally and study how this concept relates to stay at home moms going back to work. Two weeks left until I need to start looking for a job full time, all-out, with gusto. I think I exceeded expectations this week by getting everything done on time and in depth.