6. Module assessment

Assessment details. There are two elements to the assessment of this module:

1. Student’s blog (50%)

Each participant will be assessed on their blog. You must post to it at least once a week and you must also write the required posts given in the ‘Things to do before next class’ section of each Class Summary. You should note that most of the posts are required to be written in the academic style. The blogs will be assessed in weeks 4, 8 and at the end of the module to ensure that you don’t leave all the writing to the end. Remember, blog posts are date stamped (don’t tamper with this). You can read about the assessment criteria for the blogs here.

2. Themed Group Project (50%)

For this project participants will be assigned to a group to work collaboratively towards a presentation that will be delivered in Second Life at the end of the module. The presentation should use a range of different media, eg, sound, video, graphic, performance etc. Appropriate props and costumes should be used to support the presentation.

The brief is to interpret the theme in terms of the module objectives, bearing in mind that the module is based on the identification of the self online, forming relationships, online collaboration, and becoming part of communities.

The groups will present their projects for assessment in Second Life for the final class. Each presentation should last between five and ten minutes.

Each student will write a weekly report on their contribution to the project in their blog. Particular issues to be discussed in the reports include benefits and difficulties that arise on collaborative projects, forms of leadership, progression of the project, communication issues for a virtual group, assigning roles and taking responsibility, scheduling for a team project, encouraging team cohesion, dealing with conflict in the team.

The project will be assessed on the following points (using the criteria in brackets):

  1. audience attention and response (ability to establish audience expectations from connection in online networks) 
  2. quality of the presentation (use of appropriate communication for a virtual environment)
  3. effective use of appropriate tools for group planning and collaboration (ability to select appropriate tools and use them effectively)
  4. teamwork (ability to contribute to a team and demonstrate a basic understanding of team dynamics)
  5. weekly reports in blog written in the academic style; appropriate use of descriptive, reflective and critical writing; inclusion of references (ability to describe activity coherently, reflect on the experience and present a critical evaluation of the project; cite appropriate references)

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