Assignment #6 – The Mid-Semester Assessment Post

Well, here we are. I have to say this is the most unique midterm I’ve ever had.

Woman crying and hitting a wall.
But it’s still a midterm.

How am I doing in CT101?

I think I am doing well in this class. So far, the material has not been difficult to grasp despite its sometimes intimidating look. The first time I was intimidated was building the webpage in Assignment #5. But that entire assignment was all about introspection, which helped in taking some of the pressure away from designing the page.

Man saying no pressure.
None at all.

How many points have I earned so far, and what grade do I believe I am maintaining?

That’s the question of the day! I won’t attempt the math, but I believe I’m averaging a B+. The basis for this is that I haven’t missed an assignment and have been commenting on my classmates’ posts.

Screaming artwork.

What have I learned and retained the most?

I have been learning how to use Premiere Pro and Audition because of Assignment #4. One of the things I’ve retained is how to make gifs! I absolutely love Giphy! It is easy to grab a video from YouTube and create a gif. It’s much easier than I thought it would have been. In some sad news, the maker of Gifs, Stephen Wilhite, recently died.

What new skills have I developed, cultivated, and displayed regularly in my weekly posts?

How about I show you?

Old man shooting lightning.
I love making memes!

Assignment #3 was integral in me learning how to do this and has been one of the highlights of this class. I admit I need to use more memes in posts. Because, so far, Gifs have been winning this war.

Two men agreeing.
Or maybe I can strike a balance.

How do I assess my performance through self-reflection in this class?

I assess my performance by how creative I can make my posts in this class. I’m happy if my posts incorporate some elements from previous assignments, such as gifs from Assignment #2, to supplement my writing.

What do I know now that I did not know before taking this class?

There are a few things CT 101 has taught me. As mentioned above, this class has helped me learn how to make gifs and memes. But I also have been experimenting more with Adobe Premiere. Another thing this class has taught me is that creativity and academia go hand in hand in the working world rather than stay separate like how it is in school.

Stones and a guy
Me at the end of the semester

Do I see my weekly blogging work expanding creatively? If so, please explain –  or am I stuck in a loop where my posts seem to look the same most of the time, how will I change that?

My work has been expanding and developing as the weeks go by. Assignment #1 looks entirely different from how it used to be. It now has a gif, photo, hyperlinks, and even an embedded video! While my posts share these elements, the content of the posts is entirely different, so they do not look the same to me.

Are there any assignments that you are missing? If so, list them. Are you commenting regularly on your classmates’ posts? Are you responding back to comments given to you by the professor & your classmates? Are you participating during the class time? If not, explain why. This is the time to be accountable. How will you make needed improvements?

I’ve been dreading this question since seeing it in class.

Man shaking his head.
We can get through this, David.

As of this mid-semester post, I do not have any missing assignments. This is mainly partly because I make sure to finish assignments in order from where I left off. And I do regularly comment on my classmates’ posts.

However, where I am lacking is replying to comments from everyone. This is a bad habit that developed during the days of Discussion Board posts. Hardly anyone ever responded to comments. But I see the purpose of commenting back. This way, it doesn’t sound like you’re talking into the void. Instead, you can actually have a conversation while developing your interpersonal skills.

Pikachu and Eevee high fiving.

While my camera is usually off during class, I ask questions and try to participate in class. And I have missed two classes. I will try to have my camera on more and won’t be missing any more classes in the future.

Man cheering to the future
We can only go uphill from here!
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