Sunday, October 28, 2007

Appendix F- Self-assessment report

Appendix F

Self-assessment report

Marking criteria 1 & 2- Theory & Research

The essay was well researched and applied numerous, relevant theories and studies to the argument. I would have liked to have had more information on other different factors not commonly examined but due to the word limit I was unable to do this. I read numerous articles but again due to the word limit I had to cull them done and use only the most relevant research and examples. Other than that, all other areas covered were well researched and applied the theories of friendship formation effectively.

It appears that relevant and recent theories and literature have been identified and understood. Though, perhaps more concise summaries would have allowed for more explanations and examples to be used which may have better demonstrated a thorough understanding of the topic.

Overall, a sound understanding of the research and theories relating to the factors that influence the likelihood of becoming friends with another person was evident throughout the paper. I believe that in the end I understood the topic area well which is reflected in my everyday examples of each factor.

Marking Criteria 3- Written Expression

APA style is consistent and accurate throughout the essay. The essay is clearly set out from the introduction, which restates the essay question ensuring clarity for the reader, and the main body of the essay follows through and flows in a logical manner. The text and colours used are easy to read and the blog does not contain bright colours and picture for the purpose of not drawing the reading attention away from the essay. Headings were also used to make it easier for the reader to follow and links were used throughout to enhance the overall readability and to make it easy to locate Appendices, reference list etc.

A Microsoft Word online readability test was conducted, the readability ease score for this paper was 44.5 where as the readability grade point score was 17.8. These scores indicate that the readability of this essay was roughly average.

The set out and style of the blog posting is simple to read and is clear and easy to follow, the layout also aids the blogs readability as it is not “busy” and quite user-friendly. Overall, the written expression is quite effective in getting the message across to the reader.

Marking Criteria 4- Online engagement

I signed up to my blog two question quite early on in the term. A poll was used to encourage blog readers to interact and become involved in the planning process, unfortunately not many blog readers voted, thus, it may have been useful to try another approach in order to encourage blog participation.

All ideas and brainstorms were posted early on in the term which was effective in persuading others to comment, though again, different approaches may have been beneficial in attracting more bloggers to leave comments, thoughts and opinions.

Adding thoughts, questions and ideas to the discussion pages may have also increased blog participation from others or even having more ‘fun’ , interactive blog postings, such as experiments, short films, television ads, articles etc., may have boosted blog participation.

Numerous comments were left on other bloggers pages, though in most cases this did not lead to them leaving comments or responding to comments left. Again, more commenting could have been done in the first instance to encourage blog participation.

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