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Module 7: Keys to Motivation for Online Learning

The most useful thing that I have learned in this module would be to eliminate online distractions when studying or doing online coursework. I have already put this into practice by putting my notifications on every device that I am utilizing on Do Not Disturb, this keeps me from seeing notifications that I have the urge to interact with. This is working out very well for me because it is keeping me on task and free from distractions. Also, it has helped me improve on my typos and grammatical errors in writing because when I get distracted I tend to lose the thought that I had before and also my place within my writing, this tip helps me prevent that. The idea from this module that I could put into practice in the future more often would be listening to white noise. I’ve tried it and it helps with my focus but I don’t use it every time I study because I tend to forget. But I will try to play this more often in the background as I work on my assignments. The advice that I would give students based on what I have learned in this module would be to do your best to keep yourself from being distracted while working on assignments and/or studying. By doing this the quality of your work and your performance will be better overall.

Module 6: Searching and Researching: The Foundations of Academic Writing

The most useful thing I have learned in this module would be how to make sure when using sources that they are quality sources. This being by asking questions about the sources, such as whether they list credentials and/or provide authors, dates, etc. This is something that I already put into practice, I currently am working on a research paper and I check all sources that I come across to see if they list their credentials and also if they give credit to outside sources that they have used. This is working very well for me helping so that I site quality sources in my paper. The idea from this module that I could put into practice in the future would be to check the utility of the source, meaning checking if it really is useful and that all information can be beneficial to my task hand. The advice that I would give to a student based on what I have learned in this module would be to check your sources and make sure that are valuable and meet all criteria for what you need. The three steps learned in this module were to check the reliability, quality, and utility, these are good steps to take because they help you to pick out what sources actually are worth searching through and using and which ones are not.

Module 5: Web-Enhanced Listening and Viewing Strategies

The most useful thing I learned in this module was how to organize y notes electronically in an effective way. I take my notes on my iPad which is more convenient for me when it comes to having access to my notes as well as transporting them. I have put electronic note-taking into practice already, it is working out well making note-taking simple and easy. Taking my notes electronically on one device helps so I don’t have different notebooks for every class making my bookbag load heavy. The idea from this module that I would put into practice in the future would be to take my notes in the outline method. I would do this because that method of note-taking is very organized and easy to follow, sometimes I tend to write things randomly as I take notes, just so I can write down everything but later when reading them they tend to be hard to follow. The advice I would give to students based on what I have learned during this module is when it comes to note-taking do not try to write every word. Pick out key/important points in the lecture and write those down, and if you miss anything ask questions after.

Module 4: Web-Enhanced Reading and Study Strategies

The most useful thing I have learned in this module was just being introduced to new online sources in general and see how they work. Something from this module that I have already put into practice would be using the Purdue Online Writing Lab. I am currently using this source to learn how to create citations in APA style for my research paper in my history class as well as learning how to cite different sources such as films and interviews. Something that I could put into practice in the future from this module would be the Research Paper Planning Calculator because I have written a lot of papers this semester and it would’ve been helpful to use the source to plan it out according to the due date. I can implement this in the future by figuring out due dates for papers ahead of time and planning them out with the calculator. The advice that I would give students based on what I’ve read and experienced during this module would be to search for helpful sources when it comes to any type of assignment, papers, study tools, research tools, etc., because there are many online sources out there that can help to make your work better and also life easier. I was introduced to a lot of new and great online tools that will help me in the future, that I wish I would have already known of.

Links:

Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.purdue.edu/site_map.html

Research Paper Planning Calculator: https://library.missouri.edu/guides/assigncalc/

 

Module 3: Efficiency in the Digital Age

The most useful thing that I have learned in this module is creating a google calendar. This is very useful because you can plan out different things such as assignments, exams, work schedules, etc. throughout the year. I also like the fact that google calendar allows you to set colors to specific events such as exams and specific classes. Something that I have already put into practice from this module is the google tasks, I have already started to keep track of my tasks throughout each day and it is a big stress reliever and helps so I make sure I get things done. I can put google calendar into practice in the future so when I know things way ahead of time, I can add them to my calendar so I remember. The advice that I would give to students would be to plan things out. Create tasks/to-do lists, when you know the date of important events and assignments, exams, etc. add those to your calendar to you know when things are coming up. Also, set reminders when you add these events to your to-do lists and calendars (google allows this) so you get notified every once and a while about important events as they approach.

Module 2: Communicating and Collaborating

The most useful thing that I learned in this module is time tracking. The time tracking assignment where I kept track of what I did every day for a week  (7 days, in 30min increments per day) was very useful to me. It helped me to see what I do daily and what I manage my time and work as well as the time I spend on different tasks. An example of something from this module that I have implemented into my life already would be from the Self-Assessment we took, it suggested that I set goals so I can manage my time more effectively. So from that, I have set days and times in which I want to finish assignments before the set due dates. The ideas from the module that I could put into practice in the future would be to continue to track my time through the days and what I spend a lot of time doing. Advice that I would give to students, would be to set goals for yourself when it comes to assignments as well as write things out to keep yourself organized. Also, I would suggest to try the time tracking for a week to see how a typical week would go for you when it comes to time management and tasks completed.