New deadline for individual blog assignment

As requested by a few, the new deadline for your Final Reflective Blog Post (Reflective Essay) is now by 23:59 on 25 April 2016.

You need to submit your Final Reflective Blog Post / Reflective Essay by posting it on your blog AND via Turnitin on StudySpace which is now open under the “Coursework” tab.  Guides on how to submit and how to use the originality reports are available under the “Support” tab at the top of the StudySpace page.

 

The Turnitin Drop Box has been set up as following:

Deadline: Monday 25 April 2016 at 23:59

Post date (when students can see their marks): 16 May 2016 at 12:00

 

You will be able to upload your assignment more than once until the deadline. Turnitin will overwrite previous versions until that point. There is also a video guide to using Originality Reports at http://vimeo.com/29333644.

 

If you are unable to submit to Turnitin due to technical problems, please email the assignment, by the deadline, to the course administrator (Meera Mahadeva) who will upload it to the system. Please only use this option if there are genuine problems with the system, not as a default – Meera will be checking whether there have been genuine problems with the systems and can refuse to accept email versions.

Remember that if you miss the deadline, but submit within 7 calendar days of the deadline you will get a mark – but it will be capped at 40%.

 

Here is the info from  the Assessments page on this blog to remind you of the purpose and marking criteria for your blogs:

INDIVIDUAL BLOG: “NOTE TO FUTURE SELF…” (30%)

Write 8 blog posts a semester = total of 16 posts (reflective essay is included as one of your 16 blog posts).

Term 1 deadline: 31 December, 11:59 pm. (2015)

Term 2 deadline: 25 April, 11:59pm. (2016)

Purpose: To reflect on your own experience as it happens throughout the module, and to demonstrate individual effort on your team and advancement of your own learning. Using a blog also gives you experience in how to set up your own website, a very marketable skill! Your blog is an online journal you write to help your “future you” remember your “aha!” moments in class. Simply take one thing you learn each week (in class or on your team) and write what you want to do with that new information or experience in the future, on your blog.

Every blog post needs to cover three things, in any word amount you deem necessary (but do please keep it brief!):

  1. Describe something interesting you’ve learnt in class or whilst working on your business.
  2. Explain how that interesting thing can help you achieve something specific in the future that is linked to what you want to do after graduation.
  3. Add to what you know by expanding your understanding of it and include a link to a talk, video, image or something that helps you understand it better.

On average, the length of a blog post will be a few paragraphs, and “good” ones will include links to helpful resources or images/videos relating to your topic. Every “good” post will earn one point. You need to earn 8 points each semester.

Your final blog post (= your final reflective essay) is a summary of your experience in your business and the module overall. This is often a combination of your previous blog posts. Word count is 1500 words.

 

How you are marked on your blogs:

Blog posts that meet the criteria above, and are published by the deadlines will be counted. If you write 100% of the posts required by the deadlines, your potential mark will be out of 100% on your final blog post, which is your reflective essay that summarizes the posts you have written throughout the year. As you can see above, there are two deadlines—December and April. Posts MUST be published by those deadlines in order to be counted.

 

For example: If you write 2 posts in semester one, and 10 posts in semester two, you will be counted for 2 posts for semester one + 8 posts max for semester two= 10 posts out of the 16 required. 10/16 = 62% maximum score for your final reflective essay.

Your final blog post must have your first name and the words Reflective Essay. For example:

Richard’s Reflective Essay

 

The reflective essay needs to incorporate your experiences/posts over the year, with a reflection of how those experiences will help you with a specific future goal (such as starting your own business someday, working as a manager in a team, improving your career prospects, etc). Feel free to include photos. The key is to be specific. For example, if you want to start a business someday, what kind of business is it?

 

Marking criteria for the reflective essay is 5 points for each category:

 

  1. Quality of writing. This includes academic language, grammar and proper referencing. You are required to include minimum 10 credible references in your final essay.
  2. Clarity of Goals. Does the student clearly reflect on specific experiences and connect it in a meaningful way to a specific future goal?
  3. Examples. Does the student use relevant examples to illustrate the experiences and lessons learned on the Young Enterprise module?
  4. Reflection. Does the student evaluate both their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to entrepreneurship?

 

You will receive feedback for this assignment in the following ways:

  1. through peer assessment throughout the year (leaving comments on each other’s posts)
  2. comments from the module leader throughout the year (must request feedback)
  3. when the marks are released 4 weeks from the final deadline.

 

Please post the essay on your blog, and save it also as a Word document and submit it via Turnitin on Studyspace.

For examples of blogs and final blog posts from previous years, take a look at Past Students page on this blog. For example: https://thoughtsfromthemace.wordpress.com 

Happy blogging!

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