So it’s now past the half way point, but the end is not quite in sight. So what has been learnt? What is left to learn? I will address the first question first. Ian Tindal kindly produced general pointers of what was felt about the work submitted at Level 2, Semester 1 and below are some of the highlights:
- There was a good use of technology and the approach was well executed.
- There is still a need to combine similar documents into a single file, this helps to keep a constant narrative in the text.
- Clear expression in assessment materials is something that needs to avoid ambiguity, vagueness and focus on specifics.
- Ensure that correct learning outcomes are addressed, It can help to discuss the outcomes (or your perceptions) of them in the community to make sure you are in line with other members of the cohort.
- Use literature to reinforce your own opinion.
- Criticise literature to construct your own ideas but make sure you justify your own opinion.
- Technology is important at Level 3, it should enhance your ideas.
- Be autonomous; don’t wait to be told something.
- Be meticulous over referencing, follow ARU rules to the wire.
- Construct a good narrative in your assessment product, like a story. A beginning, middle and end, avoid fragmentation.
- Answer every question you ask in the text.
- Look at the threshold of English. A third person voice is required at Level 3, look at developing this now.
I have to agree with the above points and think that a few are relative to me. I hope the above will be seen by Level 1 students as it is always good to look at what is in store.
Looking forward now to this semester and Level 3 and can see that things are going to get a bit more difficult but a positive mental attitude is always needed and don’t forget the sense of humor. Points of personal development are:
- Clearer expression
- Wider use of literature for reinforcement
- More consistent in narrative
- Develop towards a Level 3 threshold of English
I think it is important to be specific and realistic with targets, so unless I find time to save the world as well, I’ll stick to the above as a matter of priority I think.