Looking over this semester I have learned a lot, not only have I learned about the economics of organizations, but I have also learned a lot about group collaboration and group work. From the lectures to the online work we were exposed to a lot of different information. I found the most challenging part of this course but also the most interesting part was when we learned about insurance. I struggled a lot with these excel homeworks, but in the end I was happy that I was able to experience them. I think I found this so interesting because my father works in insurance and I had never really had much exposure to this field besides what we talked about.
When it comes to the layout of the course I liked It a lot, I believe that this is the most well organized course I have been in, all of the deadlines were on the course website along with the lecture lessons if you missed lecture. I found the excel homework to be very beneficial and it was a nice digression from strictly blog posts, because as I do enjoy writing the blog posts, this class would be very dry if it was based more on blog posts. What I mean by this is that if all of the online work was blog posts this class would be a lot less interesting, the blog posts were nice, but the excel homework was a great change up that really diversified the course.
When it comes to my process of doing the blog posts and excel homework, I honestly didn’t have much of one. I would look at the blog post a few days early and start to get ideas floating around for what I was going to write about then come Friday I would write my post. When it comes to the excel homework I just did it when I had time early in the week. Early on the excel homeworks didn’t take much time, but later on there was a few of them that really threw me through a loop and took some time to do. I also enjoyed the group paper. This was my first Econ course at University of Illinois that had a group project in it, and I felt that to be refreshing. I had not been involved in one of those for a while and it was nice to get involved with others and write a paper.
Overall when it comes to improvements to the course I only have one. I am not sure if it has been tried before because honestly I am not sure how it would work, but my thoughts would be if everyone got to comment on everyone else’s blog posts. What I mean by this is that every week a student is assigned 2 random posts to comment on, this would get everyone involved in the class to see everyone else’s viewpoints. I know that other student’s blogs are on the website, and are there for anyone to read, but I feel that most students would not branch out of their group unless they were told to. I understand that the groups need to be there for the group project, but I just had the thought of everyone getting to see the other student’s posts they would get a better consensus of the views of the class. Also I would like if this class changed the group project a little bit to involve something along the lines of the excel homework. What I mean by this is having numbers to work with along with our papers so we can understand the papers more, because they can be a bit confusing at points. Besides that I enjoyed my time in this class greatly.