I started this blog as a requirement for a summer class, Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media. As it turns out, I really enjoy keeping up with it, and I think I just might maintain Crafts by Ky. I’ve found that it is an excellent way to keep up with all of the crafts I try, what works and what doesn’t, and to document my Etsy orders, as well as my daily life.
My FDOM class taught me a lot about applying social media to the professional world. I learned about using Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook more effectively. And, I learned about building your online reputation. What comes up in a Google search of your name is very important, and I love that you are responsible for what shows up- from your Instagram account to your blog, if you have one (which you should!).
My favorite part about this class was the communication between everyone in the class. Though this was an online class, I feel as if I am friends with every one of my classmates now and I think that’s really neat. I have never communicated so often with anyone in any of my classes before, even with a professor! Honestly, I am a little bit sad that this class is over. It is a relief, sure, to have another three hours completed towards my degree, but I will miss being held accountable for blogging often, as well as having discussions on the class’s Facebook page.
One thing I wish we would have done in this class, however, was learn more about LinkedIn and how to use it. I realize that this was a very short class and that the modules were jam-packed, but I feel as if LinkedIn is one of those things I do not fully understand. I have it because I know I should, but I haven’t a clue how to work it to my advantage. I would have enjoyed learning about how LinkedIn works a little more and how to use my profile so that potential employers will see it and more importantly, be impressed by it.
Though I enjoyed this class, now that I have completed (almost- I just have to take the final exam…) everything required, I can now fully enjoy my summer! Here’s what I’ve been doing in between Etsy orders and FDOM:
You would think I wouldn’t have had time to work and do school with all of this going on!
Overall, this is in the top 3 of my favorite college classes ever taken. My professor was fabulous and interactive. My classmates were involved and social. I highly recommend Cindy Royal for Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media, and firmly believe that everyone at Texas State should be required to take this course. You learn so much!