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Reflections on Machines of Knowledge & Design Thinking and Maker Culture

I am very happy that I can study Machines of Knowledge & Design Thinking and Maker Culturein the second semester, because they gave me a new way to learn and think.

AS for Machines of Knowledge, it is very difficult for me to choose the most interesting topic , because I like each part of this course. I have to say that The Evolution of the Web is my favorite if I need to choose. At present, the web has three different phases, namely web1.0, web2.0 and web3.0. They have similarities and differences.In 1989, a British computer scientist named Tim Berners-Lee proposed to create a networked hypertext system, which came to be known as the World Wide Web (WWW).

In the first stage, that is, the period of web1.0, users can only publish and receive information on the Internet. In the era of web2.0, users can interact with each other. The Internet has realized the leap from read-only to read-write. In the era of web3.0, artificial intelligence and machine learning, generate and distribute content, has redefined marketing and business operations, knowledge discovery and production, human relationships, and even political mobilisation,as it said in the modules.

The reason why I like this topic is that I think whether it is the research we are doing now or the life entertainment, they are based on the development of the Internet. The major we learn is digital media. The advent of the digital age is the popularization and application of computer technology, so the major we learn is based on the Internet revolution.

In the Design Thinking and Maker Culture, my My favorite topic is multimodality . In the process of making podcasts and blog posts, I learned more about multimodality. Actually we have been used multimodality for a long time.

 Breaking the word mulimodality apart, we have multi and modes. Mode is a channel that expresses a message. It can include written language, spoken language, and patterns of meaning that are visual, audio, gestural, etc. When we use more than one mode to express meaning, we have multimodality. I prefer to use multimodal methods in research and learning, such as watching videos. Videos combine variety kinds of modes, which can make me get out the stuck quickly.

In both courses, I have acquired new research methods, which makes me feel very rewarding.

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