Important notes on the learning journals
- For many in the class, this is the first time they will have had to undertake a reflective writing. As a result, some people will approach this assignment with some trepidation. For those people, the article by Daudelin (1996) will provide assistance. As you progress, you should find writing journals increasingly easy and natural. As a result, your later journals may be considerably longer than your earlier ones. Because of this, there is no upper word limit for your weekly journal entries. Indeed, you may, if you like, do more than one entry per week.
- By the due date, one journal entry each week must be of at least the minimum word length. You may not do three 100 word journal entries in a week and hope for it to be treated like one 300-word journal entry.
- For your weekly journal entries, and for the summative journal, using the first person (e.g., I, me, etc.) is acceptable.
- The quality of your writing matters. For instance, your weekly learning journals will be on public display, and like much of the Internet will be available long after this course is over.
- Although your weekly learning journal is not directly assessed, it can affect your grade for this course.
- Each instance of being late or missing a weekly journal entry will result in a 10-percent penalty being applied to your summative learning journal.
- Each instance of being late or failing to give meaningful feedback will result in a 5-percent penalty being applied to your summative learning journal.
- Failing to correctly cite/reference material in your journal can incur a 10-percent penalty being applied to your summative learning journal. You should correctly cite your weekly learning journal using an APA formatted references.
- If it looks like you have 'blown off' doing the weekly learning journals it is impossible to get a passing grade for the summative learning journals.
- In this context, meaningful feedback means that the recipient can unambiguously use it to improve their work within the guidelines provided (in the opinion of the recipient, other classmates, or the teaching staff). If you feel unhappy about the quality of the feedback you receive from your peers, let the teaching staff know.