As is tradition I left it all to the last minute, so I’ll have to leave this unfinished and hope this covers enough to be useful to anyone who might read it.
I think the fact that everything we’ve done has been self-guided (albeit with a bit of a nudge with the TED talks etc. in the first week) and yet seems to have worked, shows how much potential there is in this sort of format. Anyone who wanted to could go into huge depth on a myriad of subjects from a myriad of different perspectives just by looking through these blogs. Most lecturers will post their powerpoint slides on Blackboard (podcasts if you’re lucky) and tell you to read some book they wrote.
Not having to write in APA style was a huge bonus – it allowed us to talk to our audience like normal people, and it saved me writing out APA-format references to Cracked articles every week. (All of which were strictly necessary.)
I found that being able to write about any topic we like meant that many of us made connections and observations that we otherwise wouldn’t have made. It freed us in a way that no other module would (and arguably could) have managed. This module’s a completely different animal from any others I’ve done. I’ve enjoyed every module I’ve taken this year, but unlike the others I don’t feel some sense of relief at finishing this one – I almost wish I could have started it in Semester 1 and carried it on. I still have a load of half-finished blogs and tonnes of ideas that I never got a chance to use. 😥
Writing a blog every week started out as quite a big challenge, although not for a lack of ideas – I remember I worked solely on my first blog for four days, right up until Friday at 23:59 – and the comments were always a pain (no offence intended to anyone, it’s just that I prefer doing one comprehensive reply rather than 4-6 [realistically, 4] shorter ones). That’s probably mostly down to my blog posts being so long. Ultimately, I never finished before (literally) the last minute, but the discipline of meeting two, sometimes three, deadlines a week for this module alone helps make other tasks seem smaller.
At the beginning of this module, after two and a half years here, I hadn’t given a single speech. I very nearly dropped out of this module when I found out there would be four compulsory speeches. I’ve now given four ten-minute speeches within the space of eight weeks–competently, too–which is something I never thought I could do when I started. It’s been invaluable practice. I would have attended every speech, if only I could.
To summarise – one criticism: too many comments (and not enough on my blog).
It’s been a pleasure taking this module. Thanks to Jesse, Dan, and everyone else.