Week #1 Reflection
This post reflects on learning during the first week of class. It highlights a topic that I have been learning more about this week – seeking knowledge in a filtered online world.
Seeking Knowledge in a Bubble: A Filtered Online World
The way we acquire information has been revolutionized by the internet, online search technology as well as social media. This TED talk discusses how the information that we see online can be customized according to digital algorithms. For example, what we see our Facebook news feed or our Google searches can be customized based on many factors such as our previous searches, what we clicked on in the past and our locations. This has implications in what we are exposed to online.
Awareness of how our search results and social media streams can be affected by filtering is important to consider when seeking knowledge online. I wonder what our how our Google searches would compare if all of our classmates goggled the same thing, like the speaker did in this talk?
Facebook Groups for Education
I have used a Facebook group once before in an education setting. The group was formed in order to organize work on a collaborative video project with Hawaii ETEC students and students from Japan. The group worked quite well because the students from Japan did a lot of their electronic media access via mobile devices, and Facebook worked quite well for this in terms of prompt and effective communication as well as sharing videos for the project.
I found the posts on the Facebook discussion question to be very interesting. On one hand I appreciated being able to read through my classmates’ posts relating to the discussion topic all in one place in the comment feed. On the other hand, since we have a relatively large group of classmates, it can be a little overwhelming to be faced with a long stream of posts.
I think one of challenges for me in working with social media is how avoid feeling overwhelmed by the volume of social media information streaming and available at all times.
Group Collaboration Time
Something that I appreciated during our first class meeting was the time to meet with team members to begin talking about our team assignment. The breakout meeting time flew by and it would be great to have some more time to meet with team members during class time since we have collaborative projects on very short time scales in this course.