Jennifer Whitehead and Ravenna Calais reviewed my blog, both of whom provided very useful feedback. Both initially pointed out positive aspects they appreciated about the blog, for example, the linking of written reflections to weekly tasks and the Australian Curriculum. As a student, I felt this helped maintain my self-efficacy: a belief in my personal competencies to produce a blog of high quality, as discussed by Woolfolk and Margetts (2013). I took note of how initially providing affirmative feedback for my own students will positively affect their morale and motivation.
Jennifer and Ravenna secondarily provided constructive criticism that thoughtfully highlighted aspects to enhance my blog. Both pointed out, rightly so, that I had detracted from the topic somewhat in the second paragraph of week five, which I have since rectified. I have also revised my in-text reference positions and paragraph structures, based on Ravenna’s advice. And, although I felt Ravenna’s comment regarding the tags being a little confusing in sentence form was valid, I decided not to alter them as they innovatively contain the exact wording of the areas our assessment is to focus on.
Jennifer’s suggestion to remove week eight’s task from its individual post and place it within week eight’s reflection post prompted me to do the same for each week’s entry. Originally I had several purple hyperlink posts within the blog containing imaged hyperlinks to weekly tasks, in addition to the first purple hyperlink post currently displayed on the home page. This was simply to generate more colour in the overall blog for presentation purposes. I have since amalgamated all additional posts with their respective weekly reflection posts, coloured green. I reasoned that the simple, logical layout of having just six green posts for the reader took precedence over adding more colour to the blog, and felt the images contained in the blog already provided plenty of visual enhancement.
I am grateful for the support of my peers and now appreciate first hand the benefits of collaborative learning based on Vygotsky’s theory (as cited in Howell, 2012). The practical marking experience was also a welcomed exercise as I found it to be highly beneficial.
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press
Woolfolk, A., & Margetts, K. (2013). Educational Psychology (3rd ed.). Frenchs Forest, New South Wales: Pearson Education Australia.