Final Blog Post for COM 210

Reflections on COM 210

At the beginning of the semester, we were asked to pick a theme for our blog with the recommendation that we make it “about us.” By choosing this topic, we would have an abundance of information to work with. When we were given our first assignment in Photoshop, I found myself asking, “What’s interesting about me? What’s most important to me?” The second question gave me the idea for the focus of all my projects for this class–‘ohana or family. Because of this, I have two favorite projects—the Photoshop collage and the Audition audio story.

I enjoyed learning the tools in Photoshop, of editing photos, adding background and various layers that enhance images and the stories they tell. If I continue developing these skills, they will come in handy for personal projects and any job I do that involves multimedia work. Earlier in the semester, I actually used Photoshop for another class project—creating a scientific poster. (I’d post it, but it didn’t fully convey the message I wanted it to.)

The audio story is my other favorite project for personal reasons. Collecting data gave me the opportunity to learn more about the members of my family, and produce a lasting memory to share with them. It’s heartwarming to learn that we all share the same feelings, and concept of family. It means we are teaching the younger generations well. Personal feelings aside, I’ve been told that knowing how to use Adobe Audition is a very useful skill in multimedia work.

COM 210 has influenced potential plans for the future. I want to develop the skills we started learning in this class. I want to write and tell stories; this gives me another media to do so. If I work for my daughter’s company, I can now do more than just written content. (The same could be said for any other company I might work for.)

The instructional videos and links that the professor posted for us were very helpful. If I still had problems, I just did a search on the internet. It was usually very easy to find an answer, although I didn’t use any one particular site or source. If I still couldn’t find an answer, our instructor was very helpful and responded in a timely manner to my questions—a critical aspect for any hybrid/online course. Another crucial component of this class is the feedback from fellow classmates. I’d like to thank the students in my peer-review groups who offered their thoughts and ideas on how to improve my work.

Mahalo and Much Aloha!

~Ramona

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