This assessment task will be completed in your blog. It comprises Part A: a series of weekly embedded tasks, and culminating in Part B:the submission of a Reflective Synopsis.
Part A: Weekly Embedded Tasks resulting in Reflection 1-3
Each week, of weeks 3, 4, and 5 you will submit a blog posting (reflection 1 – 3) in response to an embedded activity and task. These are outlined in the Moodle unit materials. Each posting will accrue 6 marks (a total of 18 marks out of 50, or 36% of your overall grade for Assessment 1).
Late submission of these embedded tasks will not be allowed except by arrangement with your tutor. Systematic and regular blog postings and participation in course activities is essential. The reflective synopsis component of Assessment 1 (Part B) requires a reflection on your professional learning through blog commenting. The purpose of commenting is to make a timely contribution to the learning of others. Late commenting or posting your own reflections beyond the time frame of each activity will limit your capacity to demonstrate the professional networking requirement of this task.
Reflections 1 – 3 will be graded and responded to within the shortest possible time with formative feedback for improvement discussed in weekly tutorials. They will be drawn from your exploration of three weekly groups of digital tools. Tasks submitted late without prior approval will receive a grade, but no feedback.
The details of these submissions are embedded in the Moodle materials, and more details and the criteria are to be found in the Assessment Details block in the Moodle Home Page..
Reflection 1-3 (approximately 600 - 800 words each)
These reflections will address your weekly selection of one (from each group presented in that week) digital tool.
The content of each reflection should include (but is not limited to) the following:
1. An overview of the technical aspects: what can this technology do? (3 marks)
What do the settings of the technology allow you to do?
Can you multi-author, do you have privacy settings?
Can you customise the tool or space?
What other technical considerations are important?
Is it easy to use?
What experience is needed to operate it?
This overview should be accompanied by sufficient evidence of your explorationas to demonstrate your technical skill in using the tool.
2. A discussion of the legal, safety and ethical protocols that should be considered when working with this technology? (1 mark)
3. Suggestions about how this tool might be used in your teaching context. (2 marks).
Note: This is NOT a research essay. It is a reflection. It should be written in first person, and be drawn from your experiences, linking your experiences to what you have learned about digital pedagogy thus far, and proposing how this knowledge will change your thinking in the future. Please consult the unit materials to ensure you understand how to communicate in the form of a reflection.
Part A Submission
Each of your blog reflections will be submitted by 11:45 pm on the Friday of each week (see unit profile for details). The upload links are provided in the Assessment Details section in Moodle. The scaffolded task descriptions are provided in the Engagement activities for each week.
For each reflection, you will submit the URL of your Blog via the correct Moodle Assessment link by uploading a Word document containing your name, student number and blog URL. You must ensure that sites that you have used have viewing enabled in the privacy and sharing settings. Should any of your online spaces such as Blogs or Wikis be inaccessible for marking, it will be assumed that your exploration has been insufficient to support understanding of the technical features of the space, and you will be graded accordingly.
Part B: Reflective Synopsis (1,500 words)
Your reflective synopsis draws together the key ideas and conclusions emerging from your reflections. These reflections include the embedded assessment tasks, as well as your responses to the stimulus questions from Weeks 1 and 2.
It starts with a brief introduction of what you knew, and your beliefs about e-learning prior to commencing this unit of study. It provides an overview of the learning process and what you have learned. It then proceeds to draw upon your experiences by identifying how your beliefs, knowledge and skills (both technical and pedagogical) have grown or been developed. In this process, you should support your claims through a reference to the readings (or other sources presented in the unit) and to your own experience.
It is likely that sub-headings that may be used include: a summary of technical enablers across all technologies that have been explored; references to Modification and Redefinition (SAMR); key elements of digital pedagogy; and complex, higher order thinking processes that are developed through digital approaches to learning; the changing roles of both teachers and learners when engaging in modified and redefined learning.
Each new point should be introduced in a new paragraph and supported by evidence, leading to a conclusion. In this way, you will link the impact and intent of engagement with the resources and activities of this course on your beliefs, knowledge and skills.
Your reflective synopsis will present a summarising conclusion that identifies how your learning will support future learning.
Your reflective synopsis will also include a paragraph on professional learning, and provide justified examples of how online interaction with others in the form of blog postings, through providing and responding to feedback, has enhanced your professional growth and understanding of online professional learning as a teacher. Evidence can be provided through links to blog posts and comments, or through the insertion of screen captures.
Note: Everyone’s learning journey will be different. It is impossible to provide an exemplar of a reflective synopsis given the significant differences between individual entry points and beliefs at the start of the unit, skills and rate of growth, and of course personal and teaching contexts.
Details of Assessment 1 can be found in the Assessment Details block in the Moodle Home Page.