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READ THIS CAREFULLY (following instructions is part of the grade)!

x Submit an on-line Learning Self-Assessment posting, in the assigned Blackboard bulletin board (Individual Assignments folder; do NOT submit as an attachment), minimum 250 words, including each of the aspects listed, - below:

Biological aspects (what you learned about biology, the real world, the environment, life, human and other aspects of the course, minimum 50 words).
Educational aspects (what you learned about learning / education, minimum 50 words).
Semester Project aspects (what you learned from the project you selected, minimum 50 words).
Blackboard Class Discussion aspects (what you learned from the class discussions -- both the Regular Class Discussion and the Town Hall, minimum 50 words).
Conclusion (minimum 50 words). Here you conclude if you actually learn anything this semester.

x You may not have all your grades, but you should still have a "feeling" for how you did. Even students with A might not have learned much, and even students with low grades might have learned "something". How did you do on the final exam? Grades are posted in "My Grades". Remember some grades are not posted -- they are all or nothing grades; you do it and get the points, or you don't do it and get a zero. Other assignments, such as worksheets and drills, have open references -- grades are not posted since all students are expected to get the minimum grase required -- because you find the right answer on a page or a key -- if you didn't you didn't spend enough time looking. You keep track of these kinds of assignments yourself.

x However, for THIS assignment you don't have to give a grade or a grade estimate. But, if you bummed or feel that you bummed the final exam, you must not pretend "oh, I learned a lot!" -- because you didn't. If you had an A (90 or above) you may have learned a lot, if you had an F (59 or less), you didn't learn much -- you learned almost nothing -- at least academically. But, perhaps, you learned other things -- like not do the same mistakes again in another college class... x

x You must include all five paragraphs in ONE posting, - above, for a minimum of 250 words (minimum 50 words for each paragraph) -- BIOLOGICAL, EDUCATIONAL, PROJECT, CLASS DISCUSSION aspects comments, and a CONCLUSION, with clearly visible subdivisions identifying each area.

x DO NOT WRITE ONE HUGE PARAGRAPH! SEPARATE THE PARAGRAPHS WITH SPACE. Single space between lines in each paragraph, and double or triple space between each paragraph -- spacing just like this description of the Learning Self-Assessment. Students not following these instructions will have points deducted from the Learning Self-Assessment grade. How do you make sure you get enough space between the paragraphs? You hit the return (or enter key) on your computer twice. x

x To analyze your learning attempts, to see if you have learned -- or not, is an important part in the learning process. You will be graded on if you take your learning analysis serious by seriously thinking about what you have done this semester as per each aspect. You are assessing YOURSELF, not the class or the instructor.

x If you are shy about doing this because other students can read the posting, keep it simple without going into personal details (like grades). Taking responsibility for your learning and discussing it with your peers is a good method to better yourself as a student. Remember to spell check the writing! (It is best if you write your assessment in a word processor. Then post it.)

x You can edit (change) what you have posted. Unlike most bulletin board assignments the Learning Self-Assessment can be changed after you have posted it. So if you forgot to spell-check, or didn't separate the text into paragraphs, you can click the edit button and make corrections. You can edit the document up until the due time, when the bulletin board will disappear...

The Learning Self-Assessment will open as per the Semester Calendar -- for students who have submitted ALL prerequisites (see the Grading Criteria for details).

x Learning Self-Assessment Grade if following instructions: 100 percent. MINOR diversion may be allowed as per the subjective discretion of the instructor. (Grades will not be posted since all students should know if they have submitted according to the instructions.) I recommend that you first write it in a word processor and then copy and paste the assignment into the Blackboard bulletin board text box.

As long as what has been submitted is an actual SELF-assessment -- not something else, these are the possible deductions:

1. Your self-assessment is less than 250 words.
2. Your self-assessment is not spell checked. Notice the spelling of ASSESSMENT
3. Your self-assessment title (subject) is not spelled correctly. Again notice the spelling of ASSESSMENT if you use that as the title.
4. Your self-assessment not submitted correctly, e.g., incorrectly submitted as an attachment or as one gigantic paragraph or not following the 5-step outline above (IN THAT ORDER in ONE and THE SAME posting).

x When you have posted your Learning Self-Assessment you have reached the end of the semester.

Dr. Nilsson


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