Collection III Roundup

Here are my activities for Collection III. Some of them are pages, not posts, so I will tag this post and label the links.

Intellectual Product, not Property {IP: Friend or Foe?}

Small Group Communication {Collaborate (a Little)}

Making Sense of Copyright, Fair Use, and the Commons {Making Sense of Copyright, Fair(ish) Use, The (Creative) Commons, Weave It, Think About Your Thinking, Who to Follow}

Worked Together {Work Together}

Slacking Productive {Get Productive}

Thinking: Yawp

This assignment was fun. It appealed to that part of me that wants to tell my story, even if no one wants to hear it. The hard part was deciding how to tell that story, where to focus, where to start. I ended up tacking an extra paragraph onto the end to answer the questions in the prompt, but I think that might have been the best paragraph. The lists were a great part of the assignment and could even have stood on their own as a separate assignment.

My advice to future students doing this assignment: think of a theme for your yawp before you start.

Thinking: Tweet

I’m still not sure I did this one correctly.

Before this assignment, I had a personal Twitter account, but I had never tweeted anything. On my personal account, I still haven’t tweeted anything. I read other people’s tweets, but I say nothing. I think of it like the time when I was in my 20s when I would go to a bar or coffee shop alone and sit in the corner with a book and overhear other people’s conversations. I didn’t think anyone cared what I had to say.

Not wanting my personal Twitter followers to be subjected to my tweets for school, I created a new Twitter account for class. I might use it for work afterward. I posted my first tweet, but then I retreated to listening. My biggest challenge is convincing myself that what I have to say can be said in 140 characters and still be worth reading. I feel like an Ent.

My advice to future students doing this assignment: strike up a conversation, perhaps with Chris, right away. Get comfortable with the medium so that it becomes useful.

Thinking: Domain and Blog

I am, for the purposes of this assignment, considering the domain and blog setup assignments as one. At least in my case, one led seamlessly into the other. They were one activity that I completed in one sitting. They did not make sense alone.

It is easy to be a digital consumer—to have an account on Facebook or Twitter, to watch YouTube videos, to shop on Amazon, and so on. But to be a digital citizen requires some agency. Setting up our own domain and blog gave us that agency. Before doing this, I did not have my own presence on the internet. I had a presence as provided by other websites. I am still dependent on Reclaim Hosting and WordPress, but now I have my own space where I can present myself and interact with others however I want.

I found two challenges in this pair of assignments. The first was deciding on a domain name. So much of an identity can be determined by a name, especially in an arbitrary and anonymous environment like the internet. I decided to simply use my name. The next was setting up the website and knowing when to stop. It is easy to get sidetracked from other assignments and get sucked into rabbit holes of web design by trying to fix one feature or another. I have spent a lot of time poking around WordPress, trying to improve features of my site.

My advice to future students doing these assignments: Choose a name that succinctly communicates what your site is or who you are. Once you have it created, you can keep tweaking it forever. Don’t get stuck on the formatting. Design can evolve.