Upon registering for Creativity and Multicultural Communication independent study course, I had just a snippet of information of what to expect in this non-linear way of study. The mere concept of partaking in a MOOC environment seemed quite daunting to say the least. In order to jumpstart in this endeavor, reading the course materials, getting acquainted with the logistics of independent learning, and more importantly the technical challenges faced in order to get involved in platforms such as Google + Hangout turned out extremely cumbersome. However, the desire to succeed and create a meaningful learning experience depends on connectivity and online collaboration ─ my heartfelt apologies for the technical difficulties and not being able to take the plunge sooner.
While perusing and reading some of the articles at CMC11, it occurred to me that special emphasis is required for a successful MOOC networking experience. Have you ever heard of that phrase stick to what you know? Well, self-knowledge enhances the learning experience in an open online community. It is important to think about how online collaboration and communication plays a role in your life or how mass communication you encounter affect the people that you know.
Suffice it to say, the consensus agrees that mass communication surrounds us in every aspect of one’s daily life. Recently, I posted an infographic design of the history of the internet on Facebook. The importance of learning the history of mass media affords us a better understanding and how this positive change can help us now and in the future. Today, people need to spend some time in social interactions in addition to work, school, and running a household. Time is the essence of including and scheduling our daily routine in order to fulfill the leisure and entertainment aspects of one’s life, which promotes a creative and multicultural approach through online collaboration.