Last week, I resolved not to wait so late to do my coursework. I was partially successful in that.
This week, in addition to our normal material and weekly quiz, I was required to provide peer review for the writings of a minimum of 3 other students. Many of the papers that I reviewed talked about the same example: glyptodont(s) and armadillos. That was exactly what I did not want to do on mine. At least I hoped that those reviewing my essay were reading something more original. I reviewed 10 essays. Most were pretty short and not as descriptive or as deliberate. It was apparent that the level of skill and scientific knowledge varied widely among the students. I was happy to note that none forgot to cite their sources! Most did a reasonable job. We were provided with a series of drop-down boxes to provide our “evaluation”–certain numbers of points for different criteria; for example, “Explained the example well in a scientifically sound manner” was 4 points, “Explained the example, but did not demonstrate sound scientific reasoning” might have been worth 2 points, and “did not explain the example” was 0 points. Overall, the assignment was worth 11 points. I wonder how I did? I won’t find out until the Week 4 material is released. I’m a little nervous, as usual. I tried to provide feedback on all the ones I evaluated–with words and analysis and explanations of why I assigned the values I did. I hope I get actual feedback, and I appreciated that we had the opportunity to do that.
However, I again procrastinated on the actual course material… and wasn’t feeling well at all. I must admit that being able to do your coursework from a hot bath and/or bed is a definite plus to online courses.
I should mention that I’m enrolled in another MOOC simultaneously, and I did NOT get the required work done on time for the 2nd course; I will have a 10% grade penalty imposed for the late work. I accept that–and I think I will start using that in my own classes! It’s a one-time penalty, but it does get the point across.