Task 1 (Section 2) Developing ICT Skills – Discussion forum post and evaluation.
For task 1, I created a forum post in the online class space and attached a link to a YouTube clip on the topic of procrastination and tips for avoiding it during study.
I broke the post down into small sentences so that it was quick and easy to skim over and caught the reader’s attention. I also chose a video that was short in length, and quick to engage the viewer. I attached the worksheet that the video called for so that any fellow students who wanted to utilise it alongside the video, did not have to locate it themselves. The link to the video worked and took other students straight to the source. I asked three short questions; prompting readers to share experiences and ideas in their responses. I had three responses from fellow students that indicate my post was engaging:
Fellow student response 1:
“I think we all suffer with Procrastination. I recall when I gave up working full-time, that it was going to be a time of being able to do everything that I didn't have time to do...Well Result... I don't think I have done one thing I intended to do...In fact when I was working full-time I seemed to achieve more because I had deadlines to meet and a limited time to do things. Today we seem to spend more time on the computer on social sites and maybe that was the time that did things like Craft or hobbies. I find that studying keeps me focussed because we have deadlines and we have a time frame in which we have assessments to hand in. The saying goes: “My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” - Charles Dickens” Fellow student response 2:
“Hi, I myself am not a procrastinator but my 13 and 12 year old boys are. It is nothing for them to leave their homework, assignment tasks and chores until the very last minute. It drives me insane! Thankyou for sharing this video as it has certainly given me some tips on helping the boys overcome some of these bad habits. I particularly like the one that is doing the fun stuff first (the goblins). Fe
, I really enjoyed watching this video, it's clever and snappy. The tips are really helpful - break it down to smaller pieces, start with the funnest part first and no singing aloud! Seriously though it's given me some good ideas for when I start to procrastinate.
I posted and thank my fellow students for their responses.
Task 2 (Section 3): Learning styles – Study plan covering three weeks including strategies. I have always been the girl in class who was told off for drawing in her books and not listening properly. Having now completed the VAK Learning Style quiz, I know I am a visual learner and my drawing in class was quite possibly my way of taking in what the teacher was saying. Visual learners will gain a stronger understanding of information they have seen rather than information they have heard. They will need a clear overview of a task before being able to focus their attention on completing it. A visual learner may tune out when their teacher is speaking for a long period of time and may quickly forget verbal instructions. (RMIT, 2007) The following strategies suggested by the Study and Learning Centre, RMIT (2007) will support me in my study as follows: Use a wall planner – This will help me to plan out my assignments and focus on what I am completing when, and how to bring all of the smaller pieces together into the assignment. Use colours to highlight important points – By highlighting, I will be able to focus on the most important pieces and not get lost in a text. Use mindmaps – By using mindmaps to link my ideas and learned information together, I will be able to see my assignment in a way I relate to, before putting it down on paper to submit.
Brooke’s Study Timetable – Week Beginning, Monday June 24th 2013
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