Frequently Asked Questions
We will use this page to reply to any queries we get regarding aspects of this module. You can post comments below or email tutors individually if you prefer. Keith or Mike, as module leaders will then reply on this FAQ page so that all groups receive the same information.
Question: When should the three blog posts be completed by?
Answer: Thanks for this question. The official assignment deadline is as you know 30th November. However, it would be sensible and fair to all members of your group for the discussion blogs to be completed by the end of this week/start of next (16th November) to leave enough time to focus on the additional pages. Most groups have now done this. However, we have been prompting and emailing some of those those who have been slow to contribute.
Question: Please can you clarify the word counts for the blog and the additional pages?
Blog – When the three blog posts have been completed each student will have contributed approximately 1000 words to this element of the assessment. For example, they will have written 1 blog post (approximately 500 words) and 2 responses to other group members’ blog posts (2 X 250 words).
Additional three web pages – When you come to create your additional three pages, the 2000 words per student is an indicative value. We won’t be counting word for word how many words there are on your three additional web pages as we envisage you also using images and videos. It is a university requirement that any assessment tasks have an indicative word limit to help students understand how much student effort the task requires. So you will all be familiar with the effort that is required in researching, reading, drafting and re-drafting, proof reading and so on for a 2000-word essay. So in the case of the 3 additional web pages the word count is indicative of the kind of effort we would expect each student to contribute towards the collaborative task. In the introduction booklet to this module we provided links to some examples from past students. Have another look at these and evaluate why they are good examples. For example have a look at this one:
You get a clear sense that this group have collaborated over their pages, meeting to identify content, sharing content and checking each others’ research and contribution. It also clearly addresses the assessment criteria for the module e.g.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how pupils learn and how pupil progress can be influenced by a range of factors;
- Explain and analyse a range of teaching and learning strategies and how these can be adapted to meet the varying needs of learners;
- Lead and contribute to a critical dialogue about issues of learning and teaching in Primary Education
- Make appropriate use of a range of technological tools to support their own and others’ professional learning