This semester has been one to add to the books. Not only is it my final undergrad semester, but it was an awesome experience in my Digitial Alchemy Class with Professor Alan. I feel I have learned a great number of skills I can take with me as I further my web career, and digital writing career. From learning some of the basics of coding skills to meme’s and gifs, gaming, redlining, blogging, the list is endless. At first, I was not completely sure how I would take the information we were receiving, because having a class called Digital Alchemy made me think of Harry Potter online, but reaching the end I can explain what I grasped as the concept of Digitial Alchemy. It is the involvement of all of the ways we are able to do different things within the digital world. For instance, you can create bots, create your own moving maps, or even a game that can truly define empathy. Digital Alchemy is like a melting pot of ways we interact and use our human creative sides within the internet world. This course was truly one to remember and now I want to give some feedback on where I started this semester and how far I have come.
First, we started with Twitter. Already being a user of twitter I knew what to expect so it made the creation of this class profile easy (Twitter). Here is an overall result chart explaining my twitter use for the whole semester and other cool things the chart picked up on my twitter use.
Tags Explorer Beta allows you to see where you are with others connected on this global twitter scale. (shown below)
We also created a WordPress to hold our 14 weekly blogs for this semester. This is the syndicated versions of all of my blog post throughout this semester.
Professor Alan made it pretty easy for us to keep up with our weekly task, which made it easier to stay on track with all of the assignments. To recap all of our topics this semester they include:
- exploring selfies, meme’s, and gifs,
- grabbing pictures from digital archives,
- digital gaming and how it affects those who partake in it,
- editing sounds and creating our own recordings,
- digital redlining,
- bots use on twitter and how they could be used in other ways,
- E-Literature and looking into ideas of our own on creating works within this genre
Along with our topics, we were given weekly DDA’s to complete. DDA’ are I unfortunately only have a few recorded on our leaderboard, which upsets me because I like a good competition, but none the less I completed some that were not submitted. Here are my DDA responses. I’m gonna post some pics of the last minute ones I completed.
The DDA’s were good ways to see my classmates creativity and get a good laugh within the day. We were supposed to complete 17 I believe all together, and I was not able to throughout the semester, unfortunately, but still enjoyed the experience.
Creating an imitation Podcast was one of the best experiences throughout the semester because this is something that is highly popular in today’s age, and gave me a feel for what it was like before I try to make my own on topics I chose to discuss. We were told to create a mock podcast on the gaming ideas the students from Egypt had. We were not able to get a response, but I was able to put together a collection of questions, and give the answer I thought they might give. This allowed me to hear my somewhat annoying voice and feel more comfortable and relaxed with speaking of things I wish to speak on. I am now actually creating a podcast for me and a few of my peers that will discuss current events. This idea came from taking this Digital Alchemy class and I could not be more excited about. Twitter bots was also another learning experience for me that I truly plan to benefit from. Bots are a good source of promotion when someone has other things to do in between promoting products or brands. There are honestly so many things I will be carrying with me outside of this class and keeping in touch with the digital world has become so important to me, as it’s such a vast expanding place.
Overall this was truly a great semester in Digital Alchemy, and I want to thank Professor Alan for being one of the most down to earth teachers I have ever experienced.