Really happy to have initiated this great group. A bunch of super smart women who are all very engaged and bring lots to the table. The exclusively female demographic was not deliberate and in this, our second, meeting we talked about how to bring some male perspective in. TBD further!
We’d said at the last meeting we would all bring some work to show for this one. This helped push me forward with my experimentation, even though we ran out of time to discuss the juxtapositions on my Padlet. Being accountable to others, when they are so encouraging and supportive, is a real lifeline for distance learning.
I enjoyed looking at brilliant early work from Lynda, Sue and Anna and Sarah was kind enough to share her insights from her BoW and CS assessments. We all thought her BoW was very creative and well-presented. She’d had feedback that there was not enough exposition on her blog so urged us get into the practice of this right from the start.
Other key takeaways:
- Categorise your blog posts with tags to correspond with the new Learning Outcomes (thanks to Anna for sharing this info as I had missed it in my inbox). Sarah mentioned there will be lots of overlap.
- Annotate everything in your research folder – show how you have engaged with the texts; what is your critique and analysis and how you are synthesising the information. Sarah said she wished she’d added more of her thoughts via scribbles on the CS texts.
- Give yourself a lot more time to prep for assessment than you think you will need.
- Tie all the research back to your work and show influences and development. The assessors will need to see clear evidence of how your research informs your work.
- Feedback from peers is important!
- Having a strong summary and conclusion for the EWP is vital after showing critical and analytical skills by unpacking the arguments. Show you understand the themes and arguments.
- Lynda recommended asking lots of questions in the essay, even if you don’t know the answers.
- Indicate thematic links with BoW to provide context.
We also talked about struggling with distilling everything we read into useable material without having to read it several times to refresh the thought thread. Anna suggested this was to do with the interchange of short and long term memory as we use different processes for reading and writing. I need to be better at writing up my notes straight after reading a text. I may just use the comment function on PDFs in my G-drive to do this, although I am not sure why others don’t do this. Maybe only I can see them? I need to check.
We are using the chat room feature in the G-suite to share L3SG info, ideas and feedback. It is not perfect but better than an overwhelming number of emails. Next meeting September 9th.
Having this group has made me feel motivated, challenged and supported. It is a very, very good thing.