This course really helped me broaden my horizons moving forward and made me think about a lot of interests that I had let slip to the wayside recently. I am planning on being a teaching assistant for the next academic year, and I’d like to use some of these ideas to hopefully make class more interesting and help students. It would be great to recommend resources to students to maybe help keep tasks interesting and broaden relationships with students. If classes move online, making an interactive video or cutting together footage for examples like some of the applications we have used in this course could keep any lectures or assignments refreshing. I’d like to use these tools to make class more unique for students, and not just the same monotonous boring lectures some students might expect.
It also helped reengage my interest in a lot of digital media. With work and school, I’ve let a lot of interest in digital media like podcasts, video games, film and streaming just slip away due to time constraints. I found that a lot of the content we covered in the course I used to love consuming, and have been more and more as class has gone on. I’ve gone back to listening to podcasts, I love reading interactive stories online, and because of this class, I try to look for interesting interactive stories to help relieve stress and still stay engaged and up to date.
I will also be using some of the information gathered to assist with my thesis. I am looking at communication strategies for big news organizations on coverage of COVID-19, and this experience helps me identify narratives and trends that some organizations slowly and subtly build on in their reporting. This course has helped reignite my interest in digital media and digital storytelling, and provided me with opportunities to continue with moving forward.