This year at university I had the opportunity to choose an optional module, distinctive from my course.
My university calls these modules Add+Vantage modules, because it is thought these classes will give help you gain valuable experiences and become a better professional.
I chose the module titled “Smart Phone Apps: From Concept to Design and Market”.
The title caught my attention and convinced me to pursue learning more about mobile apps, as I had extensive previous experience with computer science and coding. So, I gave it a go.
It had positive parts, negative parts and some parts I thought I was under the influence of a sleeping drug. That ‘sleepy’ part is not a joke, but a very important matter.
It is about the teacher of this class.
Now, I do not doubt his knowledge about what he was teaching, because he proved to be a highly skilled expert, both in app design and game design (as he is primarily a game design teacher).
What he did not control very well was how to make things interesting for his audience: a bunch of students from the most unrelated subjects, from Interior Design to Sports Management and Mathematics.
Let me further explain. His classes were doomed by the monotonous single pitched lectures and lack of excitement.
I have my ways of keeping myself motivated and interested so I was not disturbed by this too much, but unfortunately, other classmates were truly affected by this issue.
From furiously checking Facebook in search of some excitement to taking online quizzes about football players, the teacher failed to captivate the interest of the other students.
I believe there are simple measures that could enhance the delivery of the otherwise great content: be passionate about what you teach,
have a clear discourse and use at least a molecule of humour.To put this into contrast, my Graphic Design module involved the creation of an app proposal.
The teacher presented us some of her knowledge in a lecture just under an hour.
The content proved to be better than any expectations I had and I was astonished to realise that I learned more in one lecture that was delivered exceptionally than I have learned in
over half of semester in my App Design module.
It was the humour,
the smart examples and the passion of teaching that my graphic design module leader expressed in those 50 minutes that made me and all my classmates be interested
in creating mobile application designs. Immediately after the end of the lecture, I reminded myself how important it is to have a great teacher.
So, I told exactly what I wrote in this paragraph to my teacher in a sign of appreciation.Returning to my app module.
Even though the atmosphere of the whole class was quite dull and not very uplifting, I found myself being very inspired from the first lecture,
as I had come up with an interesting idea for an app called ‘Artelier’.
My app was an online marketplace that would allow artists to submit their artwork online and art lovers to buy these artworks easily.
The difference between this shop and any other art gallery shop? The app is a personalized, tailored experience for the user by suggesting artwork based on interests and preferences.
I lead a small group of people into devising a very comprehensive business plan, including market research, surveys, SWOT analysis,
marketing plan and a thorough branding and user interface of the app.
The app was very successful in class and was appreciated by teachers up to the point when we were encouraged to launch it with the help of the university.
My team and I decided to continue developing this app with the goal of making it reality in the upcoming years, either with the help of masses, through crowdsourcing websites,
or by finding potential investors or business partners.“Out of wounds, mildews and slinging mudI’ve raised new and priceless beauties.
”-Tudor Arghezi, Romanian poetThis last semester taught me that even though the circumstances of an event are not prolific, the value you bring into the discussion can truly change the outcome.
It is ultimately your individual duty to gain as much value from anything you are exposed to and not to lose time, energy and money while waiting for things to change. You must be like a greenhouse.
A greenhouse that, even when it doesn’t receive too much sun, is still able to grow beautiful flowers through its glass.