Self-reflection is the ability in which human beings are able to exercise introspection and learn from their experiences. Self-reflection is when an individual is able to remember the experiences in which they had in a particular scenario or at a particular time so that they may know what was successful and learn from their failures to avoid falling into them again. Personal learning is when an individual is able to learn from an experience they have undergone personally (Cleland & Gareis, 2006). Self-reflection is associated with personal learning in that when a person reflects on an experience they have undergone they will be able to learn their strength and weaknesses which will enable them to improve on them. When an individual reflects on their experiences they get a chance to evaluate themselves with a purpose of making themselves better.
The most interesting aspect of this course was understanding how technology has the potential to impact various fields. Technology has been used to automate very many tasks which were initially carried out by people. Technology has made it possible for redundant work to be performed by machines at a lower cost compared to what was initially utilized (Dinsmore et al., 2005). The power and potential in which technology has is very remarkable and it can help in doing a lot of amazing things in the world. As I engaged in the content this semester I always believed that I would be able to learn something that would benefit me in my life. I have always envisioned myself as a change agent and problem solver which led me to grow my passion in technology (Cattani, Ferriani, Frederiksen & Florian, 2011). I used to think that the technology field wound be easy to grasp since I am a smart guy but I soon came to learn that nothing good comes easy in this world. The amount of content which I had to cover in the semester would keep me up for nights on end. I was able to pick up several skills which enabled me to be successful. I had to use my time wisely. As student we always think that we have a lot of time in the world. However this is not the case the time we have to learn is very limited so we have to utilize our time wisely (Harrison & Lock, 2004). I had to cut down the time I spent on extracurricular activities and channel that time towards reading. I was also able to become a problem solver. I have been equipped with the necessary knowledge to become a problem solver which has made my personal thinking improve and I take initiative in solving the problems.
The section of the semester I enjoyed most was being part of a problem solving process by undertaking a real life problem. This was because I was able to utilize the skills and strategies I had been taught into real world situations. During the semester I was taught on various problem solving skills such as the use of design thinking. I was also able to learn on the various software development life cycle methodologies which can be used to manage a project so that the end result is of good quality and is delivered on time and on budget (Lock, 2007). I was able to identify a problem in which students faced while they submitted their assignments. I came up with a solution which would be able to timestamp assignments and would give both the lecturer and the student a confirmation that the assignment was sent from the student and delivered to the lecturer. This would avoid the confusion that usually cost students to get penalized and attain low grades. I encountered a few surprises during the time in which I was developing the solution to the problem I had identified. The initial vision or end result of the solution was very different from the actual solution I was able to build. I thought that I would come up with a full platform from scratch to solve the problem I had identified. I however came up with a solution that leveraged on technologies which already existed. All I had to do was integrate them and add some functionality to make them work. Another surprise was that I was able to identify other problems as I undertook the project I was working on. I had started using my critical thinking skills to gain knowledge on problems around me. Information systems are in use around the globe. The course contributed to my understanding of information systems because it gave me a background on how various systems work and the conditions in which information systems can be configured to be best placed and effective in their area of application (Nokes, 2007).
I have learnt various aspects about businesses and how they leverage on technology among other resources to ensure that they are able to effectively serve their clients. I have also learnt the applicability of technology in various fields and how management plays a key role in each and every industry to ensure the set mission, vision and goals are achieved (Phillips, 2003). I have also learnt my personal abilities while undertaking this course. I know that I can be very resourceful in the quest to achieve a specific goal. I have also learnt that I am a good researcher and I utilize a creative perspective in solving problems to ensure that the solutions I come up with is very efficient and valuable in its field of use. My fellow students have helped me immensely during the semester. The group team members I was paired with specifically are the ones who enabled me to become fast on my feet and think critically as I faced any obstacle. Their support and continued questioning of my concept solution was what led to the success of the project (Stevens, 2002). I would like to urge my team members who are technically immersed in development of various solutions to be more open minded. They should ensure that they are able to create a system that works but the system should have qualities that make it easier for users to utilize. This will ensure that the system actually solves the problem it was built for and it can be used by users with ease.
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