When first hearing about this class, I certainly had my doubts. Not only was it the fist online class I have ever taken, but it held its standard for me to be somewhat technologically savvy and interested in the virtual world, which at the time, was above and beyond who I was. Throughout the course I can honestly say that I have grown to appreciate the use of technology and the idea of a virtual world.
I never quite understood the curiosity in having a virtual world because for me, it didn’t seem to offer much. My opinion quickly changed. I was surprised to see that you can live your life “virtually” and can do whatever you want. It is a way to escape the real world and put your focus on a life you have always wanted to live, to see places you can’t in person, to meet new people, to create and build a world that personally fits you. I found myself exploring second life and all its options. It was so interesting to see that a virtual world could offer so much.
I also learned a lot about communication. Being online forced us to use our resources and develop communication skills in order to collaborate and work on our projects. We made different accounts using Twitter, Facebook, linked-in, and many more in order to touch base and share information with eacother. It was especially tricky trying to fully communicate with the DIT students because if the time difference. This style of communication helped me develop better skills especially because our world is slowly turning to technology to do every day things.
Overall, I am excited to say that this course was a great experience. I am pleased that I took it because in order to participate I was pulled out of my comfort zone and introduced to new things that I had simply never tried. Second life really helped me understand why the virtual world is used and why people use it. Not only is it fun to be away from reality, it’s a great learning source full of adventures.
Thanks for a great class, guys!