I am a first year university student. As my first year soon draws to a close, I look back and reflect on some of my experiences. As it turns out, University isn’t quite what I thought it would be. One surprising thing is that some of my classes have a lot more new media-driven curricula. While shocking to see Tumblr and Twitter used in a classroom setting, it is logical to acknowledge the power of the internet; it is a growing extension of our lives.
After reading Gardner Campbell’s article A Personal Cyberinfrastructure, I wondered if higher education will truly incorporate the internet as he proposes. I honestly feel it would be an awesome idea; as corporations grow and we welcome a global economy, companies turn towards the internet to advertise and sell their products. With the rise of social networking, people jump online to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The internet has become a vital source of shared information, so why isn’t understanding its’ processes an integral part of education?
I would love for University to teach me HTML, CSS, Flash, and components of the internet, but I doubt it will do so as Campbell suggests. It is a pity, considering how important prospective employers see this knowledge. I will just have to teach myself in my spare time with resources like Lynda.com.
Still…I totally agree that college is WAY better than high school. : P