Blog Assessment #8 (11.19-12.2)
Regularity: 3.25- This has steadily increased over time and that’s great. However, one team member still isn’t up to par.
Comprehensiveness: 3.25- Because one member still isn’t posting we don’t know where everyone is at. We have, overall, a good idea where the majority of you are with your individual research and as your progress as a team, but we still need more from the person not posting as much. We wanted to point out the PAR research post as well. You got so many comments from so many other teams and there were so many great thoughtful reflections and interactions. It was exactly what we’re looking for. When you post these kinds of posts, you’re going to get thoughtful feedback. Awesome.
Teamwork: 3.5 – You’re still continuously improving with teamwork. We can see how much you like working together and helping each other work through issues and questions. Keep up the good work.
Quality: 3.8 – The theme and formatting of the blog is wonderful and a joy to read.
Across blogs: 3- We’ve noticed the increased amount of participation on other blogs as well as your own. Keep that up. More of your team needs to get involved doing this. The member who are engaged are doing a fantastic job.
Blog Assessment #7 – (covering posts through 11.18.12)
- Regularity: 3.5 – You’re still doing well on this but there was no improvement. Taylor has really stepped things up; she and Anne carried the weight, Grace is still lagging behind a bit with only 3 posts.
- Comprehensive: 3.5 – A definite improvement with a group meeting and the very helpful photo of your concept map. Brenna and Lynnzie still have posted autobiographies. You’re doing a great job questioning the basic tenets underlying your team work. This, however, may be one of the reasons you are severely lagging behind on the community partners; you really need to kick that phase into high gear.
- Teamwork: 3.35 – Again, you are getting increasingly stronger on the blog with respect to working together. You’re leading the way here, but it can always get better. You continue to do a solid job of responding to each other via comments.
- Quality: 3.7 – You changed the theme a bit and it made a HUGE difference as far as load time goes. You also continue to do a great job with images, formatting, etc. There are, however, uncategorized posts.
- Communication across blogs: 2.1 – Better, slightly. You could step this up, especially those of you who aren’t doing this as much. Post on other’s blogs and they are more likely to return the favor.
Total: 80.9% – first team above a C+!
Blog Assessment #6 – (11.8.2012) (Note: This only includes posts from 10.22-11.4. Posts since 11.4 will be included in next assessment)
- Regularity: This improved this week! Have a much better idea where most of you are with your individual theses…although there is still some variation in how much we know about each person. Good! Keep it up and take it one step further! 3.5
- Comp: Group meeting breakdowns are really helpful. Good summaries. We still have a better idea where you all are as individuals than as a group. Some discussion of generation citizen. Push further this discussion of potential community partners as it’s so important to establish this relationship THIS semester so that the research/activism project can begin next semester. 3.0
- Teamwork – We saw some of you really engaging in comments on each other’s posts. Keep that up – not just the moral support, but the substantive support. We noticed that one person’s chart influenced others to consider doing the same. Keep commenting on each other, offering real moral *and* content support as you move forward. This will really help all of you out next semester as your conversations will bring you together and help you see your own individual projects through a new lens. 3.0
- Quality– Great job with images/concept maps. We strongly suggest you change the theme…as we are facing problems with the way it loads, making it difficult to load. Are you facing the same problem? 3.5
- Communication across blogs– Step up the substantive feedback (not just moral feedback) on others’ blogs, and we suspect you will receive more substantive feedback from your peers on your blog! 1.5
- Total = 14.5 points, 72.5%
Total points: 9.8 — 49%
Blog Assessment #5 – (10.22.2012)
- Regularity: You guys did well with the amount of posts this week; there were 10 posts among the 5 of you. However, we consider 2 per person (averaged out) the minimum and you could do better. The distribution of posts however is not even. – 3.0
- Comp: This week, for posts it was: Anne with 5, Brenna with 1, Lynzie-2, and Taylor-2 (GRACE?!). We really only got updates on progress/where you are this week from 2 people. We know where 2 our of 5 of you are, which is not good at all. We also got a little bit about the group progress, but it’s hard to get the full picture when 3 people haven’t weighed in. – 1.75
- Teamwork – As for teamwork it’s obvious that one person is carrying the weight, a few people are contributing, and one person is absent. A lot of great community partners have been thrown out there but there hasn’t been any response. That shows a lack of teamwork. Unless you guys talked about it outside of the blog and we don’t know about it…so then post it! Commenting and challenging each other (where warranted) is part of teamwork and allows us to see how you’re developing collectively. – 1.75
- Quality– You’re blog is very aesthically pleasing. It’s relatively easy to read. We stress adding more visuals to make it more engaging. Pictures, especially relevant ones to your posts and research are great. – 2.8
- Communication across blogs– Only one person has commented on other blogs…get going! -.5
Total points: 9.8 — 49%
Assessment #4 – (10.14.2012)
- Two posts “Uncategorized?” Someone needs to teach Brenna how to assign categories to her posts.
- We asked you about your “purpose” page. In essence, there is no “About” page that exists. Who are the individuals behind Education Thesis? Please let this be the last time we post this suggestion.
- The summary of your group meeting was very helpful for us. We got a glimpse of where everyone is, or at least was last week. However, posting on the blog is completely out-of-whack. Anne, as always, is keeping up her posts and they are very helpful at getting to the root of where she is in her research and thinking. Lynnzie posted a couple and it was great seeing that others responded to her request for help. Brenna and Taylor have posted, but nothing more specific about their research. And Grace was MIA this week.
- Speaking of Grace, we asked that you post your autobiography. Another thing we do not want to remind you of again.
- Because of the group meeting notes, we’ll give you a 2.0, but you need to address the imbalance in posting issues and find a way to embrace this blog as part of your team process, as opposed to an assignment in Capstone.
Assessment #3 (Posted on 10/8 for the week of 9/30-10/7)
- We applaud that all group members posted this week. And we applaud those who commented on each other’s posts. This is important for group dynamics and the thesis. In the coming weeks, we expect continued contribution from all members. Moreover, we expect even more in-depth discussions related to process.
- This week, there was a lot of heartfelt discussions – and admissions of frustrations, feelings of being overwhelmed, etc. On the one hand, this is painful. But this (although some of you hate it) is why the blog exists. The blog should complement in-person communication. But when in-person communication fails, it allows for a new facilitation process. And there were calls to get this group together in-person and to not rely on the blog solely. We echo that call. This week we need to see action on this front. And then, that meeting, needs to be blogged about so we know what is going on and to help all of you process what takes place. Also, please consider meeting with tom and kara *as a group* (and leah if her schedule allows). We are here to help in facilitations. But you as a group need to come to us and take ownership over this process. When you do this, we are confident that this project will become less of a “group project.” And if now, we will continue discussions.
- Consider, perhaps, a group plan when it comes to blogging to ensure more equity in who is doing the blogging. There is still some inequity there. Check out plans/strategies some of your peer groups are taking. And yes, blog about those plans.
- Also, consider a group plan when it comes to other deadlines and a community partner. We realize these things will be easier to talk once your group meets and facilitates group bonding and relationships-building.
- Last week, we said your purpose page was missing. This week, someone posted about their purpose, but the purpose page itself seems to be gone. Add that. Call it whatever you want – but basically, we want an about page – who all of you are, what is guiding your intersets. Check out your peers’ group blogs. All members need to contribute to this.
- Make sure to post your autobiography if you’ve already given it in class! And make sure that the photo images are accessible and online. Could not find the pics of the member who already posted.
Assessment #2- 9.30.2012
Here is what we’ve got this week:
- We still have some absent bloggers…where are you!? There are a few dominant posters, and although those posts are great, we still need to hear from everyone. The progress from the group meetings gives us some picture of where you all are individually, but we need those individual posts as well to get deeper into the projects.
- Speaking of group meetings: great web! Excellent way to start those crucial connections. That web shows how you’re all related to each other through that broad topic of “education”. Now, using that web, start trying to find that underlying theme or lens that you’ll tell your stories through. Refer back to Kara’s example for International Sport and using the Olympics (either upcoming in Brazil or the last cup in SA) as a lens. Is there some theme/topic/event/country you could use as your lens to approach from all of your different interests? Finding a connection like that could help progress your topics individually as well as collectively. For comprehensiveness this week, you’re at a 2. We know where you’re at as a group, and we’ve seen those updates, but because some team members aren’t updating on the individual level, we don’t fully know your progress. There needs to be that balance between both group and individual updates so we can help you to the best of our abilities.
- the Purpose page is still empty. Please fill it asap with whatever you were intending…!
- Also, when you post your autobiographies after you do them in class, remember to include your images in the blog as well.
Assessment #1- 9.23.2012
Eduthesis bloggers–here is some feedback so far:
- The widgets on your sidebar aren’t that helpful. Edit your sidebar to include things that are useful to the reader (as well as the authors) for navigating and sorting through the posts. Or things that are just neat.
- Along the same lines, you currently don’t have a ‘categories’ widget and that’s a necessity for organization so please include one ASAP
- You need some sort of “About” page so your readers can get a feel for what your blog is all about. If that’s where you’re going with the eduthesis page, then that’s great. Just get that up when you can.
- For the people who have presented their autobiographies, those need to be posted on the blog under the autobiography page.
- You have a couple of uncategorized posts that need categories. They’re so lost!
- We’ve noticed that mainly 2 of your team members are posting and some haven’t even posted at all…this needs to change!
- We really don’t know how your progressing, so on a scale of 0-4 for the comprehensiveness criterion, we’d give you guys a 0. We need to see meeting summaries, individual updates, as well as those connections you’re making between the individual projects.
Blog Assessment Criteria
- regularity – how often are entries made? The more, the better but don’t post just to be posting, give us all a good sense of how your team is progressing.
- comprehensiveness – are we aware of how the team is doing, what problems you’re facing, which ones have you resolved, have you found opportunities? We ask: Do we have a good sense of what is going on with this team and their project? Do we see how the team is incorporating global/local and macro/micro connections?
- teamwork – are the entries (in terms of both quality and quantity) distributed evenly among team members? Do we get the sense from the blog that all team members are fully committed and engaged in the project?
- quality of entries & aesthetics – are the entries well-written? Do the aesthetics (look and feel) of the blog suggest quality, something about which the team cares? Are the aesthetics reflective of the personality of this team and its members?
- communication across blogs – are members of other teams providing significant suggestions, questions, and feedback on this blog?