I’ve had a look at the blog posts on your forums so far and I’ve got a few suggestions to help you improve your marks and make my marking life easier.
If you can’t be bothered reading this post, please read the assignment criteria, not just the assignment brief. I have to mark against the criteria so if you don’t read it you will miss easy marks.
You can edit your posts up until the two checkpoints so feel free to go back and fix any initial mistakes before the Week 8 deadline.
1. Add tags to your post
Why is this important? There are marks for tagging and categorising your posts. Also there are six activities you need to complete. At the moment I cannot tell what activity some posts are addressing. Is it a point of view, trends reflection or issues-based reflection? Tag it so I know that you have completed all six activities.
2. Support your writing with appropriate sources
Ok, so these are blog posts but they are still pieces of informed academic writing. The marking criteria makes multiple references to the use of a variety of sources which are attributed correctly. Your blogs should make use of the readings and literature to support your arguments. For example, if you are reviewing a virtual reference service, what are you basing your analysis on? How do you know if the service/program is any good? (Hint: it shouldn’t just be your experience. There are standards for reference services/programs out there they may help you evaluate the service.)
3. Attribute but don’t reference
We’ve specifically asked you to not have a reference list in your blog posts but rather use contextual hyperlinks. Do this! Be specific (not just “many of this weeks readings referred to this”) and link to the relevant article. If you use images, you should attribute these. (Another hint: I’d recommend if the image you are using is not your own, ensure you have the copyright owner’s permission or use Creative Commons’ licensed works from sources like Flickr Commons.) There’s info on how to site sources in blog posts and attributing images in this helpful referencing guide.
4. Comment on other students’ posts
There are 10 marks for participation. These are easy marks if you take the time to engage in the conversation. Don’t miss out on these!
5. Make my life easier
This is just a request from me. When you add your contextual hyperlinks, tick the box so they open in a new window/tab. This makes my life so much easier when I’m checking your references. Thanks!