Reflecting on this past semester there are a number of things which stand out from this class. Multimodality, AIDS in Atlanta, writing processes, and rhetorical analysis all played an important part in our learning especially in the digital literacy initiative Dr. Wharton was pushing. However, while I thoroughly enjoyed this part of the class and found we learned a significant amount, the most memorable thing to me was the contrast between these topics and our weekly class conversations. These blog posts are interesting in and of themselves, because they to an extent combine class discussion along with the digital literacy initiative, but they are just not the same. While the interactions we have had with technology have been both interactive and helpful, when comparing them to our class discussions it is just not the same.
I grew up in a classical school which was fundamentally founded on class discussion, socratic seminar’s, and student teacher interaction. I had enough experience in a handful of supplemental classes to understand basic lecture and note style teaching as well and some topics even a classical school must be handled that way, but I have never found these near as helpful as a class centered around discussion. Because of this education I have grown to treasure this way of learning, and this was one of the reasons I chose the Georgia State Honors College. So when I look back at this class I am certainly thankful of the digital initiative, I am grateful for learning basic HTML code, how to analyze multimodal sources, how to detect internet, crap and all the other things we learned, but even in this class these things have failed in comparison to our afternoons of class discussion. There is something enriching about intellectual conversation, about comparing thoughts, worldview, and having a professor who encouraged respectful discussion. This is something hard to find in our world today both on the right wing and left wing. It is a hard thing to find other places in this university. It is a hard thing to find on social media. But we found it in this classroom.
I don’t mean to avoid the prompt for this post, but when I think of my interaction with technology over the past semester, it has simply paled in comparison to the interaction with our classroom. It has been a blessing to be a part of this class and to bounce ideas off of one another, to hear other opinion, and to try and logically convince and sway one another. This may have been a digital literacy class, but in turned into a conversational literacy class far more than not.