My last post for the semester will reflect on what I learned and what I will take with me. I learned a lot, that’s for sure–more than I ever expected. The most important thing I learned was probably to use the internet as a tool and not to think of it as this big, abstract thing that I don’t know how to use. That sounds silly, but, in the past I would use the excuse, “I don’t know how to do that,” a lot when referring to things online. The digital exhibit we created, for example, was complex and required me really learning how to use the tools available to me. I think, had using Omeka and Neatline just been optional, in the past I would have chosen to do something simpler without even trying it, just out of the fear of not knowing how to do something. I’m glad I stuck with it and faced the challenge. I feel like I can tackle anything online, now. So, that is probably the most important thing I learned–aside from all the technical things and learning about Open Access. From this course I will take away the value and importance of the internet–especially now with the possibility of Net Neutrality being in danger. We take it for granted that we will always have access to the internet, and, with greedy corporations in power, that’s just not the case.
I believe I will continue to use my blog for what my title suggests, theories, thoughts, and inspirations. I’ve found that a blog is a great place to sort ideas and work out problems. So, in the future I will continue to use this blog for that purpose. I love to read, so I will stay academically literate and write a book review or two, as well. In all, this course has been fun–a lot of hard work, but very satisfying.