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Week 7 Update

I’m aware that today is the submission of your group project so I won’t tax you too much! (btw I hoping the finishing of the artefact of your project is progressing nicely)

This week as agreed there are no new additional tasks, I’ve been looking at the updates to the Google Doc in relation to your writing and the number of submissions are patchy, In order to allow me to best use the time to provide you with feedback I’m asking that you upload your writing to date to Moodle. There is a link on Week 7(review week) in Moodle where you will find the upload and please only Microsoft word documents. If you could please do this as soon as possible(will only take 2 minutes).

I would appreciate if you could give this a thumbs up in Slack for when you have read this!

Thanks for that and remember to keep looking after yourselves!



Week 6 Re-writing

Hi All,

Hope everyone is keeping well and safe! As this virus lands and spreads across the county pretty happy to be in Donegal at the minute! also very happy have this module developed in a way that can support you from afar if needed. If for some reason the University might close(though at present I don’t think that will happen) please carry on with my module as usual, though the writing Doc, Slack and Moodle!

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In relation to this week’s tasks, I have re-organised the writing to allow you to spend this week again fleshing out your paragraphs.

As a recapĀ  at this stage we should have:

      • selected our topic(s) Week 1
      • found peer-reviewed sources to read around out topic Week 2
      • took notes on our reading preferably in some sort of structure, for example, the matrix Week 3
      • based on our notes determined themes(common ideas or characteristics) Week 4
      • begin writing paragraphs based on each theme identified Week 5-6

So by the end of the day Thursday you should have a decent draft of your paragraphs(no official word count but cover your topic and think about how much time has been allocated to this assignment.)

Please put in a big push this week, I’m going to review each chapter this weekend and over next week so it’s important that I have something decent to comment on! Additionally, this allows you to have Week 7 to concentrate on your Group Project.

Lastly, anyone that is having difficulties is to attend on Thursdays labs, to be clear I’m here each week, come in do your tasks and take advantage of instant feedback on your work!

This week’s Lecture will be on Slack and f2f in B108 11:30 -12:30.


Week 4 Progress

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Hope you’re all keeping well and progressing nicely with regards semester 2

Some of you made contact last week in relation to progress with the week’s tasks, those that either communicated through Slack or met either f2f or online seem to have made progress with the writing assignments. At this stage, you should have your plan for research developed(Week 2 – research strategy) and have filled in approx 10 sources into the online version of your chapters research matrix(week 3). Week 4’s tasks complete the research matrix and identify themes from your matrix for writing about. Each theme can become a heading for each body paragraph, from this content can be written(week 5).

We are spending a week on each stage and since it’s our first time researching and writing we are spending extra time at each stage as we need to think and reflect on the process in addition to the final product. With that in mind, your blog posts for the tasks should include your reflection on the process, what works well for you? what are you struggling to understand? what are you doing to overcome the challenges? If you are including content from the weeks work in your blog posts these should be in addition to your 200words on the process.

I’m asking that anyone who is not 100% clear on the work we are doing(based on the research matrix(and blogs) that’s almost everyone) to attend this weeks lab session. I will be available through Slack and Zoom during the lecture slot for those that are unable to attend this week.

Next week I plan on meeting each of you for 5 minutes on Thursday (I will let you know when I have the scheduler up on Moodle) after the meeting I’m asking you for 5 minutes of your time to answer some questions in relation to the approach last semester, though not mandatory I would greatly appreciate it as it helps me to improve the ungraded approach and the open, transparent model through the website.

I will be near my laptop all day today and tomorrow so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.