So … It’s the end of the adventure. We’ve had our last session of the Social Media Driving Licence. We ended the course with some Lego Serious Play which gave us the chance to reflect on what we’d learnt and how far we’ve come. Even though the classes have finished I’m not seeing it as the end of social media and me, but rather the beginning.
The course has given me the confidence to try out many social media tools and take those skills forward to incorporate them into my personal and professional lives. I’ll go into a little more detail, but if you want, feel free to skip to the end and just watch the movie 🙂
Before starting this course I was aware that social media was passing me by – to my detriment – both personally but especially professionally. Being late to the party – so to speak – can sometimes make it difficult to know where to join in. Which tools are right for me? When am I going to find time to try them out?
I didn’t know what to expect but I hoped I’d be challenged to use a wide range of social media platforms. I certainly wasn’t expecting to be ambushed by a giant chair on the second week, but after that anything seemed possible.
The greatest advantage of taking this course has been the opportunity to try out many different types of social media in a structured environment with a group of people of varying experience who can help each other along. If you get the chance to do something similar I’d say go for it – even if you have social media experience, you may be surprised by what you learn.
Some of the tools we used I had heard of, others were completely new to me. It was also great to be able to try things that you might not necessarily want to use long term – it gives you an instant community to try them out with and means you can reject them if they don’t suit you.
I feel I now have a foot in the social media door and the confidence to carry on developing the skills I have learned further. Thanks for that has to go largely to our social media teachers who put so much effort into the course and deserve a lot of credit for the work they’ve done.
There have been many firsts during these eight weeks – first blog, first tweet, first Creative Commons acknowledgement, first Black Jack sweet in years – so I thought I’d end my final blog post for this course with another and upload my first YouTube video showing my journey through the Social Media Driving Licence … enjoy!