Keeping an online interactive journal (blog) has been very beneficial to my learning this semester in a variety of ways. It has enabled me to have a drive for knowledge that carries throughout the entire semester rather than the frantic rush off to learn a whole semester worth of work for an exam. This has been greatly helpful as it has allowed my knowledge of the subject content to develop as the weeks progressed and I believe has helped me to gain a greater understanding of the workings of the modernist writers of the 20th century.
This constant “topping up” or furthering of content knowledge has also immensely supported me on the weeks that I was absent or having difficulty. This is because I was able to target the issues early on and ask for help where it was required from both peers and lecturers. This is turn then stops the rush to find the right answer, and possibility of missing it, that comes without the constant upkeep of the content.
The blogs have also provided a giant group of sorts to feed and gain different perspectives off. If I was ever stuck with content or blog topics I was able to find someone who had completed and it was helpful in structuring and forming my own opinions and ideas surrounding the given topic. I know from the comments that my work has also been beneficial to the development of understanding of my peers, which reiterates my ideas. A blog question that I particularly had trouble on initially was the one based around Kafka’s Metamorphosis, I didn’t even know how to begin but reading a few peoples blog entries such as kingswood200 becwhitley and bloodygoodliterature finding them engaging and interesting stories and lifting off my creative metamorphic journey.
The use and encouragement of exploration of a variety of and new resources that I may not have experienced I also found to be beneficial in the enhancement of my understanding of 20th century literature. This inclusion of transmedia topics allowed me to explore (though albeit not fantastically) what my computer can actually do. It has also helped my understanding of the inner workings of the minds of 20th century modernist writers and painters and allowed me to create resource kits using media that I would not normally think about, but help to create relevance of the purposes to todays society.
The Transmedia Vlog component of the 20th century literature unit has enhanced my understanding of the text, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. I was able to learn through engagement within the text itself, as we were to act it out as a play.
I played the part of Estragon; he is one of the two main characters in the play and seems to be the weaker often seeking protection from Vladimir. He also has very poor memory and needs constant reminders of what has and is happening (Greenblatt 2620-2621). The play surrounds the two main characters as they wait for a mysterious Godot who never arrives. Though we have only presented the first scene the play is roundabout in...