After reviewing my blog I realized how much work I have done in this class. I have seen some posts that I have worked really hard at and others I did last minute because I was just got home from work. However after looking at all my posts I found one I really enjoyed and think I did the best on that is the one called extreme makeover. I really cared about this topic and enjoyed writing it. I think this related to me so well because it is something that I want to do change myself, even if I don’t want to go as far as showing up on a show it is something that many girls want to do I think it is something that a lot of girls can personally relate to.
The post that is my least favorite is the one about down syndrome and Trisomy 21. I really HATED this post because while I understand this class is all about ethics there are some opinions that I really don’t like to share with people. I think this is one of those posts that I felt no matter what I could have said on it, it wouldn’t have been correct and it was going to affect someone. I hated this post when I was writing it and hate to even look at it now. I really don’t think I could have changed this post with the exception of skipping this one.
The post that I had the most trouble with is the one from Aristotle. I would have to say I really had a lot of trouble with writing this because I really didn’t understand what Aristotle was talking about. I felt I was trying to write about a foreign language that I truly couldn’t relate to, I felt that I rambled a lot throughout this post and even after using other internet sources to discover more about him and his work I still was not grasping all the information he was talking about. With this I ended up feeling like my other posts were lacking because I couldn’t understand what they were all based off of.
The one post I learned from the most would have had to be the one about elder suicide. I chose this post because I truly think this was the one post I was able to really express myself with. This is the one post that I think I really felt personally about so I was able to create a better learning experience from this. I loved being able to make a personally connection with “someone” I was writing to. I think this post helped me a lot to be able to relate the talk about Kant and his readings and what they really meant.
Reflection Questions 2:
After looking back on the entirety of this course I really don’t think it was one specific thing I learned throughout the course that I liked. I really enjoyed this course I think reading other peoples opinions as well as being able to look at things from a different mindset really helped me to think about how I think about things and put my thoughts in perspective I really enjoyed reading opinions about what was animal cruelty and what wasn’t while I really didn’t agree with most people I think reading about how they felt helped to open my eyes a bit and not judge right off. I know that I learned not to judge so fast because I actually value what my classmates had to say, as time went on I felt that I was less about oh good post and more about thinking critically about what they said and engaging in their learning to progress mine. While that statement sounds so much like a “teacher suck up statement” I really mean it. I actually began to care about what others had to say especially when it was about a topic that to me really struck home like the one about glo-fish.While at the end of this month I will be done with Worcester State and school for at least a while I really think what I learned in this class had an impact on me. I think waiting until my Senior year really made a difference I was able to absorb what I was learning A LOT more than when I was a Freshman or Sophomore. I was able to realize that these are real life issues things people have to deal with everyday. I also think that because I am a Sociology Major I was able to look at this course in a different light being able to see the effect that media has on us as well as where we come from.
Reflection Question 3:
While I think and know I learned a lot I really don’t think that my moral opinions have changed. I think that is really something that takes a lot more than one class to change. We all believe what we believe for a reason and even if right in front of us there is proof that what we believe in is false many of us wont change our opinions. I think the terminology for this would be stuck in our ways. I wouldn’t doubt that this class made me think about things and have the facts to be able to back up what I am talking about I just don’t think that my opinions have changed I just am more conscience about what others think and have a more open mind about their opinions in comparison to my own.
Reflection Questions 4:
I really liked this course. If I was to teach it I would drop the need for using Twitter, I think it was a very unnecessary part of the course and really didn’t add to my learning if anything it inhibited my grade because I would never do it because I think it really was a waste. However in terms of topics that I would change I think I would include the topic of abortion while I know it was talked about in terms of Down Syndrome I think talking about it in a more general term would have been something I would have begun with this is because it is something that many people feel so strongly about and don’t have to do a lot of learning about so when you make a class open up with this it really brings down their walls because it is something they would want to talk about and express their feelings about. However I loved that throughout this class we were able to take several stops and discuss things like culture, who we are and what makes us like that, to things about common goals and animals. Learning in stages like we did was a great I think it was really helpful. I would recommend this class in a heart beat. However I am not so sure I would say to take it online I think I would be more hesitant about this because it was a TON of work for a 100 level online course. I mean I have taken quite a few online classes and even the one I am in that is a 200 level is less work than this one however if they were going to take it in a live class I think it would be amazing something really worth learning about and a class that covers a lot making its students learn.
Final Review: I really liked this class A LOT. I think it was really engaging and even though none of us met in person I think I truly connected with a lot people in this class, I felt it was a very enjoyable and comfortable learning environment. While there was a lot of work which made it difficult and having some of it do on the weekend made it hard I think the wide variety of topics that this class covered was very engaging. I just want to thank you all for a great experience and a very enjoyable class.