Looking back at Semester 1, looking forward to Level 3

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:

  1. Clearer expression
  2. Wider use of literature for reinforcement
  3. More consistent in narrative
  4. 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.

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One Response to Looking back at Semester 1, looking forward to Level 3

  1. Ian says:

    Hi interesting blog Toby, It is good to see my audio feedback words paraphrased it gives me a new perspective on what I said. I think I should have said something like using technologies to provide creative solutions to solving problems is important at all levels; it is particularly important at level 3 because you will be using your technology skills to enhance your dissemination of research findings from your Work Based Major Project. The second semester of level 2 is a good time to extend your skills. The level 3 dissemination is to a real audience that will be able to provide a professional level of feedback on your findings and on your ability to disseminate your learning. It is important that you provide a very well designed approach and that you are proficient with the technologies on the day. Why do I say “creative solutions to solving problems”? A core problem is communicating information effectively to the audience so they understand and retain your knowledge; how you achieve that can be broken down into a lot of little problems that you solve by analysing needs and potential. Text is a traditional and fairly good way of transferring information however; technologies provide a means to enhance the message, to reinforce points, to help the audience induct information through several channels, to enable concise and precise knowledge transfer. An example – images or graphic animations can convey information about events where the physical relationships between objects and people or elements like the body language are important, text can do this but perhaps not a succinctly or accurately as the reader has to construct their own internal imagined version of the event.

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