Reflection #Crit101

Originally published here.

Progress as an in(ter)dependent learner: 

  • Develops skills to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses each week
  • Strengthen my self-motivation/self-examination week by week
  • Boost my critical thinking to formulate answers for each assignment
  • Heighten my persistence throughout the course - instead of asking for help straight away, I’d try to seek answers by myself

What have I gained from this course: 

  • I have enhanced my skills to self evaluate my work weekly and learn from my weaknesses and strengths and apply them to the following weeks work 
  • Become more thorough in researching through books/websites
  • Communicating to people so we can discuss the work
  • Meet deadlines and make sure that all my work is handed in on time

What will I take away with me/where will I use it?

I believe that I will take away all the skills that I have learnt throughout the course and will use it in most of my lessons in school and in the future. 

  • Social skills - e.g.  to work collaboratively, contribute, resolve any issues that we come across as a group
  • Thinking skills - e.g. evaluate evidence (validity, reliability), identify bias and ask relevant questions
  • Self management skills - e.g. focus, time and resource managing 
  • Information skills - e.g. recognise and select appropriate sources, reflect and evaluate and apply own/prior knowledge to my work

Obstacles I faced during the course:

  • When a member didn’t take part of the collaborative assignments, I took their load of work on board and made sure the assignment was complete for the deadline
  • At first I didn’t think I would be able to complete an assignment in a week, so the following week I made sure I started the assignment at the beginning of the week so I knew that I would have enough time to finish and complete it in time 

What feedback did I receive and how did I take it?

  • The feedback I received throughout the weeks; I took on board and made sure I tried to incorporate some of the criticism into my next weeks assignment

What success did other participants have and how did it make me feel?

  • I believe that most of the other participants gained more or less the same skills as me, this means that I know that I put enough effort to gain the skills which gives me comfort to know that I am able to learn independently

Synthesis and Evaluation #Crit101

Originally published here.

This week’s assignment was to create a video on the question ‘Chicken and/or Egg: Food of the People?’


We had to interpret the question in our own ways and create a video that showed how we interpreted the question.
Emma and I discussed what we were going to put into the video and what we were going to say in the video. I offered to edit the videos together and produce the final video. So, Emma sent me her video and I got inspiration on doing the same kind of video (the idea came from ICT).
At first, I was sepitical that I would fit everything in for around 2 minutes, but after putting everything together I found that it fit 2 minutes exactly! Which was a relief!
Creating and editing the video was fun and I got in touch with my technical skills.
This activity has contributed to my development as an in(ter)dependent learner as I interpreted the question in my own way, meaning it could go in many directions, but I chose how I thought it should go, which means I am gripping onto my independence skills.

I also made sure that I took on as much work as my peer did, so the work was equal and fair. I believe this is important in becoming an in(ter)dependent learner as you have to take responsibilities for your work and not leave it for only one person to do.

This week’s assignment was fun and I also got to get in touch with my ICT skills which was useful. 

This week’s video:

Reading and Analysis #Crit101

Originally published here.

This week our task was to read and analyse a specific article. 

My specific article to read was "The Chicken or the Egg" 

This week’s assignment helped me develop my skills or reading and analysis as usually when I read an article/text, I would only read it three times at the maximum, however, this task made me read the article multiple times and also made me look up things that didn’t make much sense to me. This week’s assignment also helped me understand the author(s) perspective and also made refer back to my central thesis (What is the author’s main purpose for writing this article?) 

For this week’s assignment, I reached out to some of the peers that were reading the same article as me. I got a response from one of my peers through email, however, not all of them got back to me. 

This course is helping me become more of an in(ter)dependent learner as everything that I am given, I have to learn and interpret myself. I am relying more on myself to formulate a piece of work for each week’s assignment instead of relying on a teacher for step to step guidance. I believe this course is definitely helping me become more of an independent learner.

This weeks critique.

Validity and Reliability #Crit101

Originally published here.

This week we had to publish a critique on last week’s assignment. This week’s reading helped me develop a further understanding of how to analyse the validity and reliability of questionnaires/surveys and secondary sources. It also helped me develop a more constructive way of searching the web for valuable secondary sources. This week’s reading has also built up my knowledge on how to conduct more effective research, these skills help with becoming an in(ter)dependent learner as when you are learning independently you have to rely on yourself to find information that is acceptable and reliable, developing these skills means that when you need to research information/sources in the future, you will know how to do so effectively. Being an in(ter)dependent learner also consists of making sure that the information you use is credible, part of this week’s assignment I learnt that it doesn’t just depend on what you research, it also depends on how you go about researching. It’s half way through the course and I believe I had made progress on becoming a more in(ter)dependent learner. I have made sure that I’ve spread out the work evenly throughout the week, instead of leaving it to last minute, this means my time efficiency has made progress and I’ve made progress on asking peers for help and opinions, which is a skill that I have developed along this course.

This week’s critique.

“What is the best way to cook an egg?” #Crit101

Originally published here.

This weeks assignment was a collaborative task on Google Docs to answer the question “What is the best way to cook an egg?” The task was to write a response to the question, work in a group, test our abilities to see how well we could research and bring our knowledge together. I learnt that research process is not short and dandy, it takes time to reach exactly what you’re looking for. However, when you have found what you are looking for it’s a sigh of relief! The reading for this week helped me break down my research, it gave me great tips on how to search the web for exactly what everything that was relevant, and this was great help as it meant that I didn’t have to spend excess time scrolling through many pages of Google to find what I wanted which would have been very time consuming, considering I had a short period of time to collect my research. I was successful in completing the research progress as I made sure that I had enough time to check my research to see if there were any faults, I also made sure that I had enough time to show my group what I collected, to make sure they were happy with my research. I made sure I knew where to collect the information before I started my research, this meant that I was able to have a good foundation. I believe that I was an effective collaborator as I made sure I put as much effort as the others did. I also made sure that I split the work and research fairly between us, so no one got more work than the other. I also made sure I asked my peers if I was unsure of anything or needed help, which I believe is a big part of effective collaborating - asking for help and listening to other people’s opinions. The challenges I faced during this project was that I didn’t know some of the group members very well and it felt out of place to be telling them what to research or what to write. I also faced a challenge of getting in contact with some of my group members as I could only get in touch with them through email, which wasn’t most reliable as their Internet connection could have been down and they had no way if getting in contact with any of us. However, the challenges I overcame was that we finished the project in time. I had doubts that we wouldn’t be able to finish it for the deadline, but we did! This weeks task was a challenge, but taught me a lot of new skills for researching and working collaboratively. Eggcellent!   

Google Doc: "What is the best way to cook an egg?"