Number of replies: 4
Humans, the Economy and Whole Lot of Inquiring by Jeremy “The-Shrek-Franchise-Has-Been-Ruined” Wilson.
Overall contributions to other discussions: 3.5-4
1. Is there some aspect of the topic, results, conclusions, or concepts for which you gained a deeper understanding of through the blog discussion? Was there some aspect of the posts you explored that you had not thought of or that you ‘learned’ about from the discussion? In other words, what aspect of the post was clarified or illuminated as a result of the blog discussion?
I don’t believe that there was any point in which I “clarified” any topic in my blogger of the week. I gained many new perspectives while researching by simply talking to people. With this blog I learned more about myself more than anything. I always kind of new economy was a hot mess and the points I talked about I already knew in advance.
2. Were there aspects of the discussions that led to more confusion for you compared to when you read the blog post alone? Was the confusion resolved through discussion? Please explain (make specific reference to the blogs involved direct quotations may be appropriate reference the author).
No not really, when I did my presentation and the class I was kind of confused. Whether people simply not getting what I was saying or I was just presenting poorly or they all disagreed and were being polite by not saying anything I wasn’t sure of.
3. Evaluate your role in the Blogger of the Week discussions, in particular please answer the following two questions: What did you do that was effective at contributing to the discussion(s)? Be specific (adding screenshots of your contributing or copying to your blog may be appropriate). What areas do you need improvement in?
I didn’t do too much other than add a string of questions at the end of my post. I didn’t really know any effective ways to get people talking I suppose. I’ve seen throughout many other posts discussions simply going dead because of this issue as well. So in terms of improvement, adding interest? Getting my readers to care about what I’m writing. I feel many other people didn’t regularly post comments because they didn’t care enough to(and there’s nothing wrong with that!).
4. Can you think of a contribution from another student that stood out in your mind that helped move the discussion along or help the class to move to a deeper understanding of the material? What did the student do? (no need to mention names, just describe what the students did or said).
Well out of the grand total of four comments on my BotW, Alex contributed the most. He told me ways I could possibly improve my post while also giving his input. That is to say that the other commentors comments were also equally as appreciated.
5. Do you have any recommendations to the class as a whole to improve class discussions? How are discussions different in an online space versus those held facetoface? How are they similar?
My recommendation is to not to push students to comment on other people’s posts. For my BotW specifically I added a bunch of optional questions at the end for everyone to answer. I’d much prefer someone simply saying “nice job!” opposed feeling the need to answer all the questions like some assignment or pick apart someone’s post. I feel BotW posts should be enjoyed like any other orignal creation on the internet; you can enjoy it for what it is and can comment/criticize if you feel the need t. I think having a peer editor editing someone’s blog before they post will work better to critically analyse someone’s blog, apposed to having one or two regular commentors doing it for every single BotW post they read. The big difference to from facetoface to the internet is people is the amount of expression involved. If I’m giving typing something to someone it’s hard to express emotions such as genuineness or calmness effectively. Words can be portrayed in a myriad of different ways, which isn’t always a good thing.
6. What are your overall thoughts of the Blogger of the Week assignment? Do you have any suggestions for me moving forward to either: a) improve the assignment; or b) revise the structure, delivery, or scheduling of the assignment itself? Be specific as your opinions will be very helpful for me as I plan for future classes.
Refer to #5.