A compelling and contrasting way to present educational material through the widespread and well-known realm of the social media world. We, as humans in the twenty first century automatically attribute social media to an egocentric mold. A selfie, a picture of a meal we find tasteful, or materialistic items we feel entitled to share because self worth and the sharing of this item is more important than the item itself. Now, these views can be seen as very generalized however they seem to consistently stay true to their roots.
Skimming through Thought Vectors compiling tidbits of information that seemed to bob above the surface in multiple posts, it became apparent that there were a few elements that the course was trying to insinuate among its students. The most interesting and complex element that the course seemed to push was this correlation between personal life and education. In two or three posts I toggled through, I found that each post began with an explanation of personal dilemmas inhibiting them from completing their schoolwork. The contrasting factors of personal life and education seem unprofessional however; in a broader sense they seemed vital. In a way, it commits us as students to be more honest with our work ethic and our classmates. The approach deemed to be down to Earth in regards to the complexities of coursework and at home limitations. The unique combination in my opinion seems that it will trigger a lot more thought when it comes to the anticipated assignments for this semester.
The utilitarian approach to the Internet and what it has to offer. This broad statement is another factor I found consistent between a lot of the UNIV 200 posts. When I say utilitarian, I mean its ability to entice users by its specific subject matter and the aesthetic appeal of that particular location in which the matter was found. A blog known as Fully Flared on the Thought Vectors site addresses this approach in writing and in graphic design.
As a whole, these new and interesting ways of reaching students are simple yet have much more complex meanings which I find are vital when it comes to really engaging the classroom as a whole.