I really enjoyed this class. The broad range of topics that were covered is expected in an introduction course, but we spent enough time on each topic to get a good idea of how much we enjoy that particular topic, and for me, it confirmed in full that this is the area I want to pursue for a career.
I thought the delivery method for the class was great, even though I missed some classes I was able to keep up online to the notes and information that was being presented. I also found the comics very helpful as well as entertaining. I learn better visually, and can better remember what I read when there is a picture that links to it.
The area which I think I most enjoyed in the class was the programming of the finch birds and the Lego robots. I’m a networking major and not a programming major because I’ve always liked the hardware interactions with computers better than the software. I’ve always felt a bit intimidated by programming before, but from working with those things I felt that I picked it up quickly and am much more comfortable with having to write or tinker with codes in the future.
The part of the class I least enjoyed was going over the history of computing. Although I think it is important to give credit where it is due to the first inventors, programmers, and innovators in the field, I feel like it could all be covered in part of one class period, and have more emphasis on technical aspects of the first computers over the people and dates they did things.