I have heard so many different things about this class, both good and bad, that it was hard to grasp what the class was really about. Multiple girls have told me that it was one of the best classes that they have ever taken. They did mention that at first they were terrified because of all the horror stories they have heard about the class, but at the end they had walked away with new information they would carry with them through life, as well as their teaching career. On the other hand, many students would tell me that I would absolutely hate this class and I needed to prepare myself not to do as well as I would hope to do. All the people who had said something about this class, did give me some advice. They told me to stay focused, and turn in all work on time. After hearing all of this I had so many mixed feelings about the course. Here is a link that tells us why EDM 310 is different: 9 Differences:EDM310 is Different
Some fears I have include: not understanding a blog post or an assignment, forgetting to turn in a post on time, that I will not do something the correct way that Dr. Strange wants. My main fear is that I will not put as much effort in EDM 310 as I should, which will leave me with a non-passing grade in the course. Although, all of these are avoidable, these will still be a fear throughout the semester. I just need to learn how to pay attention to all assignments I turn in and make sure I go down my checklist to see if everything is completed before I hit the "submit" button.
This course, EDM 310, is completely different than any course I have taken in high school or college. There are two main reasons. One, I have never completed a course where all assignments are due online. Two, never in my life have I posted on a blog, created a blog, or even thought about creating a blog. There are few similar aspects between EDM 310 and other courses I have taken. One of these aspects being that in other classes I do have to turn in some assignments and discussions online. Another being to better our writing skills. Lastly, All classes that i have taken, that I'm in now, and that I will take in the future have and will better prepare myself for my profession.
I believe the most difficult thing for me in EDM 310 will be the blog posts. Never in my life have I done a blog, so this is something extremely new to me, and probably just as new to every other person in my class. Why will this be the most difficult for me? It will be difficult to me because with it being new, I have to learn all new tools to be able to use the blog. Also, blogging involves a new way to communicate with others. This is something that just takes practice, and I have to make the time to make myself practice using it.
When you think about it, we all have to start with something difficult in order to make it feasible for us to do in life. For example: When we started learning how to read, we would strive everyday to accomplish a new step just to learn how to read. This is what we have to do when it comes to blogging, so we don't make it as difficult on ourselves. I have to approach this with a positive attitude, and prepared to learn new and exciting things about blogging. If I do this, I feel as if it will not be as difficult, as well as relieving a lot of stress because of the thought of it being difficult.
There are a few questions I still have about EDM 310. One is, What kind of group projects will we be doing? Two, Do we get to choose our groups? Three, Will I get to add my classmates as friends on my blog (if that's possible)? Four, When do we start our group projects? To approach these questions I could first go look in the syllabus and see if that answers any of these questions. Secondly, I could send an email Dr. Strange, and lastly I could easily ask Dr. Strange, or one of his two assistants in class.