Final Blog Post
This has been a semester filled with learning, teaching, discussion, interaction, expansion and more. We have posted numerous blogs here to medium as a way of expressing our thoughts on given topics. For this final post, I would love to summarize each one assigned.
The first blog post centered around Cathy N. Davidson and David Theo Goldberg and their explanation of ten different learning principles. As a result, I focused on the principles that were most relevant to myself and my learning style. I chose to discuss self learning, horizontal structures, networked learning, learning as connectivity and interactivity, and lifelong learning. https://medium.com/@eobrien1wc/how-i-learn-920c3f032fb5#.tjchw5bq8
The second blog I posted was on the topic of my big question. My big question is and was, “What Makes the World Go ‘Round?” This is a very very broad question with countless answers. I address the idea that there is science behind why the Earth literally rotates, but there is a deeper metaphorical meaning. I related this to my course design because I believe it is more than relatable. I discussed the idea of how business, the environment, and ethics coupled with their connection to certain culture around the world is what truly makes the world go round. https://medium.com/@eobrien1wc/what-makes-the-world-go-round-8d9005f61560#.k8uajj8mg
Following this, I blogged about a TED talk relates to the big question from the previous post. The TED talk I chose deals with the idea of oil sands in Alberta, Canada. These oil sands, tar sands, whatever you may claim the term is are causing massive destruction not only in the area in which they are excavated, but around the world. The tar sands, though more environmentally friendly than other forms of oil, waste countless barrels of water per barrel of oil, contaminate water sheds, and (like any fossil fuel) pollutes the atmosphere when burned. This connects to big question because it is processes like this that will cease the world from “going ‘round” like it should. https://medium.com/@eobrien1wc/destruction-of-beauty-4f132c500867#.jd8cn8f1d
This next blog post changed gears relative to the past couple. Here I posted a question asking “Is Inequality Spread Through Social Media?” In a short answer to this broad question, yes. Inequality is spread through social media at the hands of people who have such feelings. Boyd literally describes how social media reinforces such feelings. How is this to be fixed? This has to start with those who are doing the spreading. Social media will continue to be used for what its designed to be used for: sharing your feelings, experiences, etc., the problem comes from those who are using social media. https://medium.com/@eobrien1wc/is-inequality-spread-through-social-media-416112f829e7#.rn4uyab4o
In the last blog before this one, I discussed the topic I would be teaching the class on. I chose to discuss exactly what I am focusing my studies on. the avenue I chose to do so was to pitch certain ideas that could limit each households use of energy. The best way to get people on board with this is to reiterate that it also saves them money. Things like turning lights off, shutting of water, lowering furnace temperature, air drying, etc. will all not only contribute to saving the environment but also saving your money. https://medium.com/@eobrien1wc/teaching-lesson-11-21-f363d809241e#.mchytr31s
This course has really opened my eyes to the power of discussion. Never before had I had such a discussion based class, and never had I seen the strength of each individual student’s thoughts and opinions. Additionally, I have never had a class so social media based as this. This was also an enlightening concept that social media can absolutely be a tool for the classroom. As far as my designing skills and writing skills go, I think there was definitely improvement over the duration of the course. This course also further solidified the idea that I really do enjoy my topic of study. Using the blogging platform to discuss the environment and what needs to be changed, and subsequently teaching a lesson to the class on one of those blog post reinforced my enjoyment for the Global Business and Sustainability.