This is the post for the August 14, 2014 class meeting.
Today is the last class day for the course. Tomorrow you will turn in your final exam (your job application materials). Please pay attention to the details below to make sure you have everything completed and turned in properly.
Class Work for August 14
These are the tasks to complete for today’s work:
- Overview remaining work in the course.
- Complete the course evaluation.
- Set permissions for LinkedIn (if relevant).
- Refresh yourself on the documentation for the comment system in Google Drive.
- Post drafts for Project 6 in the forums.
- Respond to two students on Google Drive and in the forums.
- Review the comments on your own work.
What’s Left in the Course
We have almost finished the work of the course. To help you keep track of what’s left, I created a to-do list/schedule (below). There will be a blog post each day with details on what you need to do. Here’s an overview:
- August 14 (today): Post a draft of your job application materials for peer review. Provide feedback to two students in the forums (for your daily forum post grade). Write more if you want to reach a higher number of forum posts. This is the last day to add forum posts that will count toward the overall number for your participation grade. Complete your SPOT feedback by midnight Eastern time.
- August 15 (Friday): Submit your job application materials (your final exam) with reflection memo by midnight in your timezone. There are no extensions on the final exam.
- August 18 (Monday): Course grades will be submitted by midnight. You can check what has been graded in the Gradebook in Scholar prior to Monday.
Please fill out the Student Perceptions of Teaching (SPOT) survey for this course. Additionally, I have added a short topic in the forums: Feedback: Grade Levels for Projects. Please respond to the one-question, anonymous poll there. If you choose to leave a written comment, that information will NOT be anonymous. I promise, however, that I will not read any comments in that forum until after grades have been submitted.
Set Permissions for LinkedIn Projects
For me to see and grade your work on LinkedIn, I either need you to connect with me on LinkedIn or for you to make sure your privacy setting will let the public see your profile. Check the What permissions do I need on LinkedIn? FAQ for more details.
Refresher on the Google Drive Comment System
If you need a reminder on the comment and sharing systems in Google Drive, use the step-by-step instructions for how to use Google Drive for peer review on the FAQ site, which includes details on how to share your document, how to comment, and how to respond to comments. If you need a more detailed explanation, be sure to check out the Lynda video on “Commenting on a file.”
Posting Your Drafts for Project 6
You will post the share link to your draft in the forums:
Go to the Project 6 Drafts section of the forums, and create a topic for your draft with your name or your username (e.g., “Traci’s Job App”). [Note I created a subforum to make it a bit easier for you to find one another’s drafts.]
- Post a reply in your topic, doing the following:
- If you do not want to share your last name in the forums, change it in your draft to a pseudonym. You can use a generic last name like Doe or Smith, or you can change it to Lastname.
- Share the link(s) to your Project 6 drafts in Google Docs, using the FAQ linked in the Refresher section above. If you have links to other documents, like you LinkedIn profile, provide those instead (or as well).
Let your classmates know about any specific concerns that you want them to consider as they comment on your draft.
Be sure to Preview your draft to make sure everything shows up the way you want it to, and then submit your post.
Responding to Your Classmates’ Drafts
Follow these instructions to respond to your classmates’s drafts:
Read and comment on the drafts of at least two of your classmates:
- Find one post that no other student has replied to (so that we can be sure everyone gets a reply).
- Find a second post that has only one other student reply.
Either use the Share link to go to your classmate’s draft on Google Drive or visit the page(s) they have submitted.
If you are working on Google Drive, use the Comment system to add details on the following issues. If you are reviewing a LinkedIn profile or another document outside Google Drive, add a reply in the forums and include answers to the following in your reply:
- Consider your immediate impression of the document(s), and add a comment to tell your partner your first thoughts. Job application materials can be rejected at a glance, so your first impression matters.
- If you notice any spelling errors, punctuation errors, or typos, mark them as you read, but please focus more on the content rather than editing.
- Add comments on the content of the draft. Comment on at least three things your classmate does well and at least three things that your classmate could improve on. It’s fine (excellent, even) to include more than the minimum number of comments.
Once you finish commenting on the document, add an overall comment in the forums that sums up what you thought of the job application materials and gives your partner some encouragement.
Reviewing the Comments You Received
Once you have finished adding comments to your classmates’ projects, return to your own draft, read the comments that your classmates have given you, and add replies as appropriate. For instance, you might thank your partner for catching an error, ask your partner for more detail on feedback you don’t understand, or share a revision and ask your partner if it is an improvement. Your goal is to reply today so that your classmate can respond if you need more information.