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Multimedia Reflective Essays (200 pts)

FIRST ESSAY DUE: September 30 

SECOND ESSAY DUE:  December 7

Online learning can be an intellectually stimulating experience, building knowledge and providing opportunities for meaningful reflection and critical thinking. But it can also be isolating and frustrating. Reflect on your own activity as a learner by describing and synthesizing what and how you are learning.

In this essay, you MUST describe key information, ideas and content from what you are reading and learning in this class. Identify the ideas from the readings that we most meaningful for you. Explain your thinking in responding to these ideas.

Then reflect on your own participation in this course. Are you applying ideas from the reading to your own life? Are you doing the after-class activities? Are you reading actively for comprehension and critical analysis? Are you using search/find/share to gather additional information about topics and issues? Are you seeing patterns, asking questions, and offering rigorous and constructive feedback? What questions is this course raising for you? What are you learning about yourself as a learner?

Since you are sharing this reflective essay as a blog post, you are expected to use a combination of language , images, sound or multimedia as part of your creative expression. Expectation: 3 – 5 pages, posted to your blog (750 – 1500 words).

Criteria for Evaluation

1. I have described key content, information and ideas from the course readings, videos and other materials that are most personally and professionally meaningful to me.

2. I have reflected authentically on my learning in this class, considering the strengths and limitations of myself  as an online learner.

3. My essay is well-written and informative, thoughtful and reflective. The grammar and spelling are perfect and I have included some form of multimedia expression. Please make sure you use hyperlinks and/or provide a citation list (formatted in APA citation) of the works you reference.

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