Having never written a blog before, the setup of this module was completely new to me. I have hugely enjoyed it and have found the subject content extremely interesting. Some of the highlights for me were:
- Artificial intelligence
- Augmented Reality
- Virtual reality
- Smart cities
- The sharing economy and the circular economy.
- 3D printing
These topics grabbed my attention and the discussions around them added value and enjoyment to the subject matter. It was interesting to hear of other people’s experiences and thoughts on each area, particularly how they thought things would develop in the future. How other students interpreted questions and activities, developed my knowledge of the subject and reading other people’s comments, supported my understanding of activities. I feel that I have gained a valuable incite into the future of technology and how businesses are reinventing themselves to keep up in this fast paced environment.
Critical thinking is an area that I find difficult and something that I will continue to develop into the future. Reading other blogs and seeing their style of writing, has supported me in this area.
When commenting on other blogs, I have tried to add value by finding additional information that I could add to their post to deepen and support their understanding of the topic. Initially, my comments were more descriptive (Journalists and Civil Engineers), I then started to be more reflective (Amazon and HMV). Within later posts, I have tried to become more critical (Apple and Monzo).
Another area that has helped to develop my learning, are comments made on my blog posts. The comments on my first post were mainly supportive, reflecting on what had been written without much new content added (Teaching blog). My second blog had fewer comments but some were more reflective (M.A.C. blog), however I think I could have developed that discussion further . My third blog received comments which were much more critical and added a new dimension to the discussion, which enabled me to reflect and respond, creating a great dialog (Fitbit Blog).
During this module, I have endeavoured to become more critical in my own writing and to take on board comments and links that have added to my posts, enhancing my learning of the topic.
Personal development and future learning
The skills I have learnt in blog writing have helped me to develop my writing in this style and this I can use in my current job role and into the future. I feel empowered to try new digital and social media platforms at work and now feel confident that I can create the appropriate material.
I plan to continue with my professional development by attending additional training and workshops, thereby increasing my skills and my ability in this style of writing.
I feel that I have developed my critical thinking skills, which will be extremely helpful moving into the next modules and when completing my dissertation. I can also apply these skills to other aspects of my life.
It’s been a great module! This is the end of a chapter, but not the end of the adventure. Next is Marketing Strategies, so let the journey continue….
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Links to 4 required posts