Tuesday, December 19, 2006

e-tivity 10

Final papers

Here we are, ten weeks later, lots of logins, passwords and registrations later and you’ve all made it, every single one of you! I have been extremely impressed by the dedication with which you have approached each e-tivity, by your patience when there were technological challenges, and the insight of your blog posts. Now it’s time to “digest” everything. What I mean by “digest” is stop and think about what you’ve learned. Your final paper (that’s what this e-tivity is about) is a time for reflection. Reflecting on the experience of the last ten weeks, reflecting on social software, reflecting on the Web, reflecting on what you’ve learned an how you’ve changed. You’ve got several weeks to complete this one so take your time :-)

Sarah

Purpose: To reflect on what you’ve learned in this course and express your thoughts in the form of a final paper.

Task: You could write a final paper on the experience of using the social software, on social software itself, on one of the particular genres we have considered, etc. The choice is yours. Please take some time to consider what you would like to write about. You may be objective (like writing about what you’ve already started researching for your wiki contributions) or subjective (like what you’ve learned and how you think it might be useful for other students of English) or both. These are just some ideas; I’m sure you’ll come up with more creative interesting ones!

The paper should be about 3 pages (see Course Syllabus).

In the next few days, please send a comment to this message saying what you intend to write about.

After Christmas I will be sending a message with the rubrics I will be using to assess your papers and some indications on structure.

Respond: There is no “respond” as this is an individual assignment.

Timeline: January 17, though this is flexible. If you’ve got lots of exams to study for just let me know and I can extend the deadline. Please send your papers to me via email as a .doc.

6 comments:

larafalla said...

Dear Sarah,

I'd like to write my paper giving my personal opinions on what I learned about Social Software thanks to this course and also objective definitions of the different web resources we analyzed, a sort of mix of an objective and a subjective point of view.

Now I read the article you suggest, I'm very curious! It's very cool to be part of this great phenomenon!

bye bye
Lara

Lamericaana said...

Dear Lara,

Hope you're feeling better. In class we just started going over the language of your contributions. I'll finishing doing some corrections over the next few days (or week or two!) and let you all know.

I'm looking forward to reading your paper - sounds interesting!

Sarah

isaperini said...

Dear Sarah,

In this final paper I would like to write about my personal experience with the social software during your course, but I would also like to talk about the social software objectively, e.i. saying what it is and so on.

bye and happy holidays!
Isabella

p.s. I heard on tv about this year's person of the year of the Time's magazine... I had not thought I could be part of those 'you'...it's very nice!

Magicesca said...

I haven't decided yet, but I'll let you know about the topic of my paper as soon as possible.
I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
p.s: Woman of the year? It's wonderful! I can boast with my friends!
Francesca

Andromeda_Joy said...

Hy everyone!
I hope you're enjoying your Christmas break, even eating, drinking and sleeping a lot ;-)

Unfortunately I haven't decided yet how to organize my final paper; I'm still looking back at what we've done so far, trying to focus my attention on what has impressed on me most. I certainly would like to mention my personal experience with Blogging English 1 and the so called e-learning.

Back to you soon!
Alice

Magicesca said...

SOrry Sarah, my computer gave lots of problems.
I would like to write about this experience as a whole, perhaps starting from programmed instruction and including our course as a natural consequence.
Perhaps I will more subjective than objective but I want my contribution to be more original than a copy and paste!
Francesca