A casual search using Google Scholar for learning journals provides a plethora of articles extolling their
virtues. Broadly, learning journals foster high quality self-reflection and increase critical thinking. There are two components to this assignment. First, you are to maintain a weekly learning journal. Secondly, you are to use the your weekly journal as the 'data' for a summative journal/essay on your major learnings from
this course. This final part of the assignment is a summativeevaluation of your weekly journals.
Weekly learning journals
For each of the first ten weeks of the course you are to write at a journal entry of at least 300 words. The more you write the more grist you will have for your Summative Learning Journal.
Each learning journal entry is to be submitted electronically by creating a wiki page at 2013 Learning journals.
Peer feedback on journals
Each week you must provide feedback/comments on the learning journals of two of your peers. In other words, you need to write 20 sets of feedback. You can comment on the journals directly on the wiki. The feedback should, as a minimum, address:
- How well the journal meets the guidelines provided by Daudlin (1996).
- The extent to which the journal demonstrates achievement the higher levles of Bloom et al.'s (1956 ) taxonomy of the cognitive domain.
- The quality of the writting.
You will be allocated details of peers for you to review.
Summative Learning Journal
Drawing on your weekly journal entries, you are to write a final, summative journal entry of between 2,000 and 3,000 words. You are to submit you final journal via Turn It In. You should not submit your summative journalto this wiki. Only your Summative learning journal will be graded.
- For many in the class, this is the first time they will have had to undertake an 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 journaling 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 entriesin 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.
- Being late or missing a weekly journal entry will result in a 10-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 formated reference.
Bloom, B. S. (1956). Taxonomy of educational objectives: Handbook 1 Cognitive domain. New York: Longmans.
Daudelin, M. W. (1996). Learning from experience through reflection. Organizational Dynamics, 24(3), 36¿48.
Weick, K. E. (1995). Sensemaking in organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.