Up until this point, I have heard many horror stories about this class. Many students have made comments such as, "This class will be the end of you!" and "You better keep up or you'll never catch up!", and after just one day in this class, I might agree with them! The main fear I have of this class is getting behind, because late work will drop my grade, and catching back up will be even harder. Good time management will be a key factor in succeeding in EDM 310, as well as being organized and planning ahead for assignments. These are aspects of my education I have struggled with in the past, and will have to work harder to obtain during this class.
EDM 310 has already proven to be a much different class than others I have taken so far. Most classes are what Professor Strange calls "burp-back classes", or classes where one studies assigned materials, "burps it back" onto a test paper, and later forgets the content that was studied. Instead, EDM 310 is a project-based class, which I believe I will actually be comfortable with. This class requires that each student complete 16 projects, which are recorded on the EDM 310 Class Blog. We will not receive test or quiz grades, but instead we must rely on our own judgment and constructive criticism of our classmates, and reflect on our own work to make progress in the class. This class also allows us to express our creativity within our blog posts and projects, which I really think I will enjoy.
Whether or not EDM 310 will be the easiest class I have to take throughout my college career, I do believe I will learn a lot from this class. Why? I am required to do the work myself, and will have hands-on experience with what I'm learning instead of having my nose stuck in a textbook for hours. This class is also exposing me to parts of the internet and media that I have never used before, such as this blog! The only question I still have about this class SO FAR, is "What next?". Navigating through the different assignments for this class appears to be a potential challenge, but I'm up for it! Bring it on EDM 310!