With the end of this class, the semester, and (for now) my graduate school career it’s time to reflect on what I’ve learned the past few months and years. A degree in public history is meant to cover a plethora of topics and give you a wide variety of experiences in the field, similar to this class. The focus may have been “new media,” but what is new media? Apparently, it’s a wide variety topics ranging from Facebook to online encyclopedias. This class has tried to accomplish more and cover more ground than any other class I’ve taken. And I would say it was fairly successful.
We skimmed over a lot of topics and there were others I wish we could have spent more time on. We were able to gain some practical grounding in certain areas with our work in the lab or other assignments, but I would have liked to hone those skills a little more. But there simply wasn’t enough time to cover every topic in depth as much as I would have liked. That would require multiple courses, probably an entire degree field. The skills I have learned are already helping me create digital projects in my current positions. I intend to expand on these in the future to create even better projects.
Of all the projects I have worked on over the past two years, this has been one of my favorites. Part of that has to do with the content, but I found much of what I learned to be applicable to what I’m doing here and now. It has been a long but fruitful semester. Stay classy New Media.