Unit 2: University of the People Educational Methods - Coggle Diagram
Unit 2: University of the People Educational Methods
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The Importance of writing
Writing is one of the key skills all successful students must acquire.
Writing is a crucial part of the learning process, not only in English but other subjects as well for example history and science (labs).
In a way, then, learning history is learning to write about history. Think about it. Great historians don’t just know facts and ideas. Great historians use their writing skills to share their facts and ideas effectively with others.
Consider a lab course—a class that’s as much hands-on as any in college. At some point, you’ll be asked to write a step-by-step report on an experiment you have run. The quality of your lab work will not show if you cannot describe that work and state your findings well in writing. Even though many instructors in courses other than English classes may not comment directly on your writing, their judgment of your understanding will still be mostly based on what you write. This means that in all your courses, not just your English courses, instructors expect good writing.
Even if you remember the facts well and believe you understand their meaning completely, if you can’t express your understanding by communicating it—in college that almost always means in writing—then as far as others may know, you don’t have an understanding at all.
In college courses, writing is how ideas are exchanged, from scholars to students and from students back to scholars.
Writing is by far the single most important form of instruction and assessment. Instructors expect you to learn by writing, and they will grade you on the basis of your writing.
As a form of communication, writing is different from oral communication in several ways.
Instructors expect writing to be well thought out and organized and to explain ideas fully.
In oral communication, the listener can ask for clarification, but in written work, everything must be clear within the writing itself.
Writing is a crucial communication skill, especially online. As such, most of your assignments here are written to give you a lot of practice to build your skills in written communication.
College-level writing is a little more sophisticated than high school-level writing and has different expectations when it comes to citation and referencing.
Answering Assignment Questions
In order to decide how to answer an essay question, you need to identify what the question requires in terms of content and genre.
Analyse the question using key words
Assignment questions can be broken down into parts so that you can better understand what you are being asked to do. It is important to identify key words and phrases in the topic.
What Are Key Words?
Key words are the words in an assignment question that tell you the approaches to take when you answer
Make sure you understand the meaning of key words in an essay question, especially task words. If you're not sure about any aspect of the question, ask your tutor/lecturer for clarification. Never start any assignment until you know and understand exactly what you are being asked to do
How to use key words
Look for the keywords in your essay question.
Spend a little time working out what they mean. Use the Glossary of task words to help you.
As Task words are verbs that direct you and tell you how to go about answering a question, understanding the meaning helps you know exactly what you to do.
Content words tell you what the topic area(s) of your assignment are and take you halfway towards narrowing down your material and selecting your answer. Content words help you to focus your research and reading on the correct area.
Limiting words make a broad topic workable. They focus the topic area further by indicating aspects you should narrowly concentrate on.
You’ll experience collaborative learning in two primary areas in your classroom
The discussion forum
Peer assessment of Written Assignments.
Learning is a social activity - when we learn with others, we learn more effectively than we do on our own. Discussions allow us to share our own understanding of that week’s topic, but also allows us to learn from each other.
This is why discussions are a central feature of UoPeople’s academic method, and why you’ll have a discussion every week in most of your classes. Through the discussion forum, you have an opportunity to evaluate and synthesize the perspectives of your classmates.
The Effectiveness and Development of Online Discussions
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20 Tips For Writing An A+ Discussion Post For Your Online Class
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peer assessment is a learning activity that challenges you to apply critical thinking as you read and evaluate your peer’s assignment.
While writing and discussion are how you demonstrate your learning, peer assessment is an important reflection of your learning
Peer assessment takes two main forms here at UoPeople.
Discussions. In discussions, you will rate and respond to at least three of your classmates’ discussion posts.
Written Assignment. When you have a Written Assignment, you will peer assess three Written Assignments.
The criteria to assess will always be provided; you just have to evaluate how well your peer met the criteria.
peer assessment doesn’t always involve conversation, it does involve a number of skills that will enhance your own learning. You’ll need to read carefully, and to assess, you’ll need to understand the concepts you’re assessing.
The best way to understand something is to teach it - when peer assessing, you will reach a deeper understanding of course concepts.
Online Peer Assessment: Method and Digital Technologies
Research on Peer Review
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