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Reflecting back on this course I have been educated in many different ways. This was my
first online class, and I did not know what to expect. Describing this class to someone else I
would tell them that the use of this technology in this class enhances your learning experience.
This class was a great learning opportunity and an eye-opening experience about the African
American culture. I got a better understanding of the African American culture and the
hardships that they went through. I got to explore the works of many interesting and talented
authors and writers in this course. Learning the different ideologies these inspiring writers had
was fascinating because most of them involved an African American struggling in their society,
but learns to brake their racial barrier and make a better life for themselves. In this class, you
get to experience the realism that they went through. Many of the themes and messages were
upsetting, but the authors showed how positive and determined these characters were even
though they were going through a terrible time, they had hope for a better future. These
authors had a huge influence on this culture, strong and determined. We read about their
struggles and their way of believing how to overcome this. I made many connections to these
readings, and being in this class you are able to voice your opinion on what you believe in.
About once a week, you are assigned a voice thread based on the previous reading. They
related to themes, summarizing a chapter, and quotes. It really opened me up to new ways of
technology and online learning. it’s a great interactive way of hearing other classmate’s
opinions and being able to reply to others posts. The voice threads were my favorite part
because it made it more enjoyable by making you feel as if you were there will them. Another
part I really enjoyed were the live hangouts. Being able to interact with Dr. Carter in the live
sessions made it seem as if it was an in-person class, which was very helpful considering this
was my first online class experience. Even though they are early in the morning they are worth
it, you learn a lot of information about the class, you can see and type out questions that the
teacher can answer out loud. The authors that inspired me the most were Octavia Butler and
James Johnson. Their use of strength and fear through the hardships they had to undergo was
very influential. They made the readers feel for them and show them that not everybody has it
easy, reading heir novels/writings made me feel different about what they went through.
Through the feat authors that we had a chance to read was the short story of The
Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Johnson. This reading about the author and his
life was very fascinating for me. James was a half black man who experience living as a black
man and a white man. He grows up as a child not knowing he was African American until the
principal tells him to sit down because he is colored. He becomes confused as where he belongs
in society. I was very interested as to the face that he had a choice which race he wanted to
belong to. Once he moved down south, he realizes how inferior the negro life was to the
whites. He then witnesses a lynching and decides to basically deny his black heritage and
presume white. To the colored race this was a sing of being a coward. Johnson shows he wants
the easier way out and starts to deny his colored roots. This was an eye-opening experience
that if African Americans had the chance they would deny their true race, just to not fear death.
This gives you a sense of hoe bad racism was in America. “I finally made up my mind that I
would neither disclaim the black race nor claim the white race; but that I would change my
name, raise a mustache, and let the world take me for what I would; that it was not necessary
for me to go about with a label of inferiority pasted across my forehead” (Johnson). This quote
stood out to me because it shows his reasoning to why he did what he did. Nobody should be
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inferior to someone else just because of the color of their skin. Many see James Johnson as a
coward to his true race but I believe he was trying to gain equality and not be inferior. Overall
this story was interesting and ac great learning experience about this time period.
Another favorite novel of mine that we have covered in this course was the Parable of
the Sower by Octavia Butler. This story is about a young girl, Lauren who rejects the norms of
her distant society. She doesn’t accept or agree with her religion that her father has taught her
growing up, him being a minister. She has a hard time understanding that one person, God, has
power over everyone and created everything. She is always looking for a new beginning
because she has rejected her religion. After her family was killed, she fled north with a group of
people to start a new life for herself. There, she created her own life and religion, “Earth Seed”,
based on self-reliance. Now that her has her new life, she is happy in what she is doing and
where she is. “what I am now, all that I am now, is Earth seed” (Butler). Her rebellion is inspiring
to me because she was so passionate about starting this new life, becoming more that what she
might have ever been if she stayed in her community. I think everyone should read this novel,
because I really enjoyed analyzing all the different ways people handled their lives back then
being an African American.
After taking this course, I can confidently say that I enjoyed it a lot and my education really
benfitied positively from not only the readings, but also the new technology that we have used.
We covered so much material, yet they all had the same meaning. I would recommend this
class to a friend for great opportunities such as extra credit. I think it is necessary for most
courses to increase your grade so that if you dont understand a certain topic you have an
opoutunity to redeem yourself. Dr. Carter successfully managed to ensure that his students
received the best grade and they can and retain all the information. I would mention to a friend
that during this class we utilized new and different media platforms that made online learning
easier and more interesting. I was very new to using the websites such as Notewbowl and
voicethread, but they were necessary and very helpful.The voicethreads were beneficial to my
learning expeircne because if you did not understand a concept, you could receive inspiration
from your classmates. I believe this class changed my outlook on online learning and African
American history . I am so greatful I took this course because I dint just learn material about
Afriacan American culture, but this course opened new edoors of perspective for me. After
reading what society is like in their perspective, has chanced how I view the would around
me.Without this class, I wouldn’t have learned all this interesting information about African
American culture; I will take this information and realte it to information that comes up in my
everyday life. It was s gret oppourtunity learning and engaging in this different style of
technology driven class, and I hope that I can experience a class like this again.
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Reflecting back on this course I have been educated in many different ways. This was my first online class, and I did not know what to expect. Describing this class to someone else I would tell them that the use of this technology in this class enhances your learning experience. This class was a great learning opportunity and an eye-opening experience about the African American culture. I got a better understanding of the African American culture and the hardships that they went through. I got to explore the works of many interesting and talented authors and writers in this course. Learning the different ideologies these inspiring writers had was fascinating because most of them involved an African American struggling in their society, but learns to brake their racial barrier and make a better life for themselves. In this class, you get to experience the realism that they went through. Many of the themes and messages were upsetting, but the authors showed how positive and determined these characters were even though they were going through a terrible time, they had hope for a better future. These authors had a huge influence on this culture, strong and determined. We read about their struggles and their way of believing how to overcome this. I made many connections to these readings, and being in this class you are able to voice your opinion on what you believe in. About once a week, you are assigned a voice thread based on the previous reading. They related to themes, summarizing a chapter, and quotes. It really opened me up to new ways of technology and online learning. it’s a great interactive way of hearing other classmate’s opinions and being able to reply to others posts. The voice threads were my favorite part because it made it more enjoyable by making you feel as if you were there will them. Another part I really enjoyed were the live hangouts. Being able to interact with Dr. Carter in the live sessions made it seem as if it was an in-person class, which was very helpful considering this was my first online class experience. Even though they are early in the morning they are worth it, you learn a lot of information about the class, you can see and type out questions that the teacher can answer out loud. The authors that inspired me the most were Octavia Butler and James Johnson. Their use of strength and fear through the hardships they had to undergo was very influential. They made the readers feel for them and show them that not everybody has it easy, reading heir novels/writings made me feel different about what they went through. Through the feat authors that we had a chance to read was the short story of The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Johnson. This reading about the author and his life was very fascinating for me. James was a half black man who experience living as a black man and a white man. He grows up as a child not knowing he was African American until the principal tells him to sit down because he is colored. He becomes confused as where he belongs in society. I was very interested as to the face that he had a choice which race he wanted to belong to. Once he moved down south, he realizes how inferior the negro life was to the whites. He then witnesses a lynching and decides to basically deny his black heritage and presume white. To the colored race this was a sing of being a coward. Johnson shows he wants the easier way out and starts to deny his colored roots. This was an eye-opening experience that if African Americans had the chance they would deny their true race, just to not fear death. This gives you a sense of hoe bad racism was in America. “I finally made up my mind that I would neither disclaim the black race nor claim the white race; but that I would change my name, raise a mustache, and let the world take me for what I would; that it was not necessary for me to go about with a label of inferiority pasted across my forehead” (Johnson). This quote stood out to me because it shows his reasoning to why he did what he did. Nobody should be inferior to someone else just because of the color of their skin. Many see James Johnson as a coward to his true race but I believe he was trying to gain equality and not be inferior. Overall this story was interesting and ac great learning experience about this time period. Another favorite novel of mine that we have covered in this course was the Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. This story is about a young girl, Lauren who rejects the norms of her distant society. She doesn’t accept or agree with her religion that her father has taught her growing up, him being a minister. She has a hard time understanding that one person, God, has power over everyone and created everything. She is always looking for a new beginning because she has rejected her religion. After her family was killed, she fled north with a group of people to start a new life for herself. There, she created her own life and religion, “Earth Seed”, based on self-reliance. Now that her has her new life, she is happy in what she is doing and where she is. “what I am now, all that I am now, is Earth seed” (Butler). Her rebellion is inspiring to me because she was so passionate about starting this new life, becoming more that what she might have ever been if she stayed in her community. I think everyone should read this novel, because I really enjoyed analyzing all the different ways people handled their lives back then being an African American. After taking this course, I can confidently say that I enjoyed it a lot and my education really benfitied positively from not only the readings, but also the new technology that we have used. We covered so much material, yet they all had the same meaning. I would recommend this class to a friend for great opportunities such as extra credit. I think it is necessary for most courses to increase your grade so that if you dont understand a certain topic you have an opoutunity to redeem yourself. Dr. Carter successfully managed to ensure that his students received the best grade and they can and retain all the information. I would mention to a friend that during this class we utilized new and different media platforms that made online learning easier and more interesting. I was very new to using the websites such as Notewbowl and voicethread, but they were necessary and very helpful.The voicethreads were beneficial to my learning expeircne because if you did not understand a concept, you could receive inspiration from your classmates. I believe this class changed my outlook on online learning and African American history . I am so greatful I took this course because I dint just learn material about Afriacan American culture, but this course opened new edoors of perspective for me. After reading what society is like in their perspective, has chanced how I view the would around me.Without this class, I wouldn’t have learned all this interesting information about African American culture; I will take this information and realte it to information that comes up in my everyday life. It was s gret oppourtunity learning and engaging in this different style of technology driven class, and I hope that I can experience a class like this again. 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