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Multiblog - Case Study - UOC
- To know the process of human communication and understand its elements.
- To discover the world of signs and functions of human language.
- To differentiate concepts such as language and speech.
- To differentiate between sound, phoneme and letter.
- To use correct punctuation and spelling rules.
- To know the characteristics of the abstract.
2. Thinking, problem-solving and decision making
4. Being creative
5. Motivation and confidence
Tutors explained in the forum of the virtual class how to procedure during the assignment. Then the tutors presented 2 posts in the general blog with multiblog tool entries related with the contents: comprehension and writing.
POST 1: COMPREHENSION EXERCISES
1. You have to point out what is the main idea that the author conveys in the text. Is this text expository or argumentative? (approximately 50-70 words) [1 point]
2. What does the expression in the text: "Our responsiveness to nonverbal indicators completely changes our understanding of others" mean? (approximately 50-70 words) [1 point]
3. What concerns the author when he says that "issuers are usually effective and efficient receptors also reverse"? Explain. [1 point]
POST 2: WRITING EXERCISES
1. Write a text 150-200 words on one of the topics proposed: [2 points]
2. Explain, with your point of view, the meaning of the phrase "all feel the difficulties inherent to shape a thought that is made of images, emotions and sensations-D".
3. Briefly discuss the special characteristics of human communication. You can lean on some concepts that the text exposes.
Each student will create two posts on his/her blog with the answers to the two posts published in the general blog of the multiblog.
It will enable students to have peer reviewed answers and provide their own feedback.
The continuous feedback was given through the forum. As well the forum was used for giving different news related with the development of the course.
0.1 points will be reduced for each spelling mistake, vocabulary, morphology or syntax. There will be an assessment of the adequacy, coherence, cohesion and rich expression (vocabulary and syntax).
(with particular attention paid to the initial aims and objectives of the implementation plan and the key competencies developed)
1- More clarity on the comments received during the continuous assessment assignment by the tutor (26% of students)
2- The involvement / participation of students in the continuous assessment assignment increased (26%)
3- Better communication (among peers and between student and tutor) (15%)
4- Acquisition of knowledge about the use of multiblog (29%)
91% of the students would use multiblog in another subject.
Taking this assumption in consideration, we can conclude that 76% of the students agreed that the multiblog allowed them to develop the communicative skills (written).
On the other hand, the tutor considered that multiblog was useful to promote written communication skills. From his point of view, he considered that the multiblog had some potentialities to promote this competence because it added value if it is compared to the word-document format. His expectations have been partially achieved because at the beginning of the study he thought that multiblog didn't add something new to promote written communication. At the end of the course he was positively surprised on the good results obtained by their students.
-Firstly the technical problems and the few technological skills students had to run the multiblog.
-Secondly, the lack of student's participation.
-Finally, the instructional design which wasn't to promote a formative use of the multiblog. To understand this point, it's important to take into account that this case study is contextualized in a specific course for adult people (>25 years old) who want to access to the University. Then the instructional design of this course is very limited in the sense that it's main objective of the course is to pass the exam.
To plan a technical training session for the students on the use of multiblog. They are adults and most of them are not familiar with blogs.
In the case that that the learners are adult learners, you should consider if a training session on the technological use of multiblog would be needed