Blog Reflections: Expectations
Sharing your ongoing reflections on your studies is an important part of interacting as a student, shaping your thoughts and hearing the responses of others as you progress through your materials. This is accomplished through use of the Institute’s student blog system, and this document describes the expectations for its use by Certificate Program and other students.
The blog system is meant to provide an on-line venue for the sharing of your personal reflections on your study, similar to a journal, but with the added opportunity for feedback from fellow students who will read your entries and share their own reflections and observations in response.
Specific instructions on the best use of your personal blog as a component of your studies will be described in documents within each module. The following are the formal expectations used in assessing a grade for active participation in the blog element of your studies.
Important Note: These expectations apply as a matter of requirement / formal guidance only in modules where blog activity is a required and graded element of study (which, where applicable, is notified in the ‘How this module is graded’ document within the module Resource Suite in the VLE); for other modules, where blog activity is an optional element, blog entries are not graded and this guidance describes best practice.
- Students are expected regularly to add entries into their blog, as well as read and comment on fellow students’ blogs, during each period of their active study on a given course module. ‘Regular’ activity is a fairly flexible concept, as at some times you will find yourself making many entries per week, at other times fewer; but a general guideline for regularly activity is that you are posting in your blog, or commenting on others’ entries, approximately once per week or more during each period of your active study.
- Blog entries, as personal reflections that are meant to be informal and fairly free-flowing, are not graded for style, structure, accuracy of content, etc. You should feel free to write your thoughts as they come to you, without need for revision. Similarly, there is no length expectation. Some of your blog reflections will be long, others quite short, as they come to you.
- The grade assessed for the blog participation element of each module will be based on the module instructor’s assessment of how fully you are utilising this resource to share, shape and develop your thoughts, as well as interact with others.