|To be conducted||Individually|
|Deliverable||Posts on your learning blog|
|Length||Posts: 500 words or three minutes|
|Submission method||Post each activity to your blog|
|Due date||Posts are due by 11.59pm Sunday in the week we cover the topic.
Posts will be marked at two check points:
|Criteria||Criteria sheets [Word]|
- Week 2 post on participation in the learning community
- 6 posts in weeks of your choosing out of Weeks 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13 (you can skip one week):
- 1 program review related to the weekly topic
- 1 service review related to the weekly topic
- 1 Twitter chat champion post related to the weekly topic
- 3 other posts related to the weekly topics
- Week 14 post on your participation in the learning community
- Minimum two comments or tweets each week (for a pass grade on contribution to the learning community)
Resources to help you with this assignment
- Getting beyond the surface: higher order thinking
- How to write HD-worthy critical reflection posts
- Tips for getting started with reflective writing
- Unpacking the critical reflection criteria
- Updating your blog posts: how to and etiquette
- What is reflective writing?
- Workflow for reflective writing
This unit is designed to allow you to critically explore a range of issues and trends related to design, development, deliver and evaluation of information programs and products.
There are two parts to this assignment:
- Critical reflection blog posts (80 marks)
- Participation (20 marks)
Part 1: Critical reflection posts (80 marks)
You will complete a total of eight critical reflection blog posts related to the weekly topics. You will write posts in
- Weeks 2 and 14
- 6 weeks of your choosing out of Weeks 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13 (you can skip one week).
How your activities will be marked
Your first four activities will be marked out of 40 and your second four activities will be marked out of 40.
What you need to do
Weeks 2 and 14
All students will respond to the same critical reflection prompt in Week 2 and 14.
Twitter chat champion
You must nominate one week in which you will be the Twitter chat champion. Sign up here by the end of Week 2. In this week you will actively participate in the Twitter chat and then write a critical reflection on your experience of the chat. This might involve picking up on one conversational thread and then giving that thread some further thought, possibly doing some reading about it, providing a critical discussion of the conversation, and adding your views to the discussion.
Program and service reviews
- One of your activities must be a program review.
- One of your activities must be a service review.
For your other posts, you can choose a type of activity from the list below, or you can write a critical reflection on a topic off your choosing:
- argue a point
- program review
- service review
- issues-based reflection
- trends reflection.
More on types of posts
- Program review: You need to attend a program at a library or information organisation and critically review it. Please note: if your review is negative, it would be a good idea not to name the organisation.
- Service review: You need to use a service at a library or information organisation and critically review it. Please note: if your review is negative, it would be a good idea not to name the organisation.
- Twitter chat champion: In one week during the semester, you must actively participate in the Twitter chat and then write a 500 word critical reflection on what was discussed in the chat. You will be marked on your reflection.
- Issues based reflection: Reflect on the cultural, economic, political, legal, ethical or other issues related to one of the types of programs, products or services covered in the nominated week.
- Trends reflection: Write or record a reflection on one or more trends related to one of the types of programs, products or services covered in the nominated week. Note that you should aim for depth in your discussion, rather than breadth.
- Argue a point of view: We’ll make one or more opinion or argument prompts available and you need to argue the case in a critical reflection post. If your peers respond to your post, you should respond to their comments.
Part 2: Participation (20 marks)
Participate in the online learning community by participating in Twitter chats, tweeting during the week, commenting on your peers’ blog posts, helping each other, and answering questions on Twitter or around the site.
To pass this part of the assignment, you must make at least two comments or tweets a week or engage in two other interactions (e.g. answering a question on the forum).
The fine print
How will the activities be marked?
At the end of Week 7, we’ll mark your posts to date out of a total of 40 marks.
At the end of Week 14, we’ll mark your posts to date out of a total of 40 marks.
Do I have to make a post every week?
No. You must complete a post in:
- Week 2
- Week 14
- Six (6) weeks out of Week 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13
When do I have to complete the activities?
You must complete the post by 11.59pm Sunday the week we cover the topic.
But, you can edit your posts right up til they are marked at the checkpoints, at the end of Week 7 and the end of Week 14.
What if I’m late submitting my activities?
We aren’t ogres! In fact, we’re reasonable people who understand that sometimes life gets in the way of study. Talk to us in advance of the due date if you are experiencing issues.
We really, realllllly hate applying late penalties. Please don’t make us do it!
But if you do submit something late, here’s what will happen…
If you are late submitting a post and you didn’t get in touch with us, we have to consider it a late submission.
Your posts are worth a total of 80 marks and there are eight (8) posts in total. If you do not submit one post or are late submitting one post, we will deduct 5 marks from your total mark for this assignment.
So please don’t be late and don’t miss a post completely!
Remember, you can edit your posts right up til the checkpoints, when we mark them, so just get something up by the due date and polish it up later.