As I mentioned in my previous post, the semester, and LS560 in particular, is coming to an end. As I described the class projects, I thought about how far I have come and how much I have learned.
Learning HTML has helped me on this blog… I understand what I am seeing when I look at the back of it, the HTML tab view, and I can adjust things. That is cool. I also have a greater understanding of websites that I am viewing because I know more about what makes them work. This project also showed me that I am capable of acquiring new tech skills, which proved to be a good thing to remind myself as we moved through the semester.
I have enjoyed having more knowledge about website design, and I see that it has helped me in my other job. I have been helping my boss (we do background checks) evaluate a new web platform for his business, and also some new vendors. Again, this is something I have proven I can learn, but really it does not come naturally to me because I am more of a content person rather than a form person. But form is important when you are trying to communicate something. Good form, good design, makes the content easier to reach and use.
I am glad I have now helped conduct a simple research survey, I can see that will be useful in my academic career. I have thanked God nearly every day for my group in this class. I also enjoyed doing the personality tests we did to help us interact in a group.
While I understand the basics of databases, I was not the one in our group that designed our database (I am not complaining, I’m fine with that!). Nor did I do the tech tutorial; I mentioned previously I would like to develop that skill. This class, as in every other class I’ve had as a library student, has given me something new I want to study, and that is a very good thing. But the class has also shown me that I do not want to pursue this particular field of library studies. I enjoy knowing how things work, I can see how it is useful, but I don’t want to build these particular things. I’ve had to look up how to add something to my website as each project was finished.
To sum up, I have definitely improved my IT skills and knowledge. I am definitely IT literate – I can function well, I can learn new things. I am not sure where the line is between literacy and fluency. Maybe in common user areas I am fluent, but in the tech design world, I am not, and frankly, I have confirmed that I don’t want to be. There are too many other areas of life I would rather explore. I will leave that area to those gifted with it!