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LibraryThing: Newton Week 15: Newton

Reflection and Peer Responses

# Due Date Pts Activity Time
6 Monday
11:59 p.m.
10 Reflection + Peer Responses
Think about all that you did this week, including reading the Interpretation Essays of other students, and share your thoughts and ideas with other students in the class
30 min.

The reflections essay is a little different this week than usual. Note that, as usual, the assignment is worth six points, but that, in addition, you can earn up to 6 extra credit points by answering the additional questions (12 points total). The Desire2Learn gradebook declaration reflects these extra-credit options (scroll down to see the text below).

Please use the Reflections essay this week to share your thoughts about the course as a whole, not only about this particular week. There are several parts to this:

Complete the requirements of ordinary reflection essays: respond to the Interpretation essays for this week by at least two other students; post a final response to your own Starting Assumptions; post a final response to your own Interpretation; and write a few sentences reflecting upon the significance of what you have learned this week about Newton. I would be particularly interested in how you think what you have learned about Newton relates to the major themes and episodes we have studied throughout the course. (6 pts, as usual)

Extra-credit options (each worth 2 extra-credit points for a total of 6 extra credit points):

1. Take a few minutes to go back and review your Confluence reflection essays for Weeks 1 through 14 to remind yourself what each week was like. Write a few sentences as a reflection on your reflections.

2. Was the Welcome message an accurate and appropriate orientation to the course? How helpful was it? How could it be improved? What do you wish I had told you about the course at the beginning?

3. Take another look at the Top Ten list of things everyone should know about this class, that you read at the beginning, and let me know of any changes or suggestions you have that would benefit future students who are considering taking this course. If a prospective student asked you about whether to take this course, what tips would be on your top ten list?

Remember that, just as for every previous week, so for this week: I will read each and every Reflection, and I am truly interested in what you have to say in retrospect as you reflect on the entire semester. Thank you for doing this reflection essay one final time, and for considering how to respond to the extra-credit options.

Thank you for making this online course a rewarding experience for me!


Instructions for the Reflection and Peer Responses (complete steps in order):

  1. Respond to the Interpretation essays for this week by at least two other students.
    If you are working ahead, you may have to check back later to complete this part of the assignment. Please respond to Interpretations with 0 responses first; once every Interpretation has at least one response, you are free to choose any to respond to.
  2. Re-read your own Starting Assumptions post, and read later comments of others, looking especially for any comments that are related to your own post. Your response should make it clear that you have read the comments of others as well as your own.
  3. Re-read your own Interpretation. There must be at least one response before you can complete this step.Your response should make it clear that you have read the comments that others have left for you.
  4. Consider what you have learned this week, from the Starting Assumptions to the Interpretation exercises, and post your personal reflections, 300 words minimum, as a comment on your Interpretation.
  5. Write a personal Reflection, 300 words minimum.
  6. Copy-and-paste your Reflection and post it in the Discussion forum for this week.
  7. Complete the Gradebook Declaration. Your Gradebook Declaration is subject to the Honor Code.

Here is the text of the Gradebook Declaration:

(2 points) I have replied to the Interpretation of at least one other student at Confluence.
(2 points) I have replied to the Interpretations of two other students at Confluence.
(2 points) I have posted my Starting Assumptions "Famous Last Words" at Confluence.
(2 points) I have posted my Interpretation "Famous Last Words" at Confluence.
(2 points) I have posted my Reflection (300 words min.) at Confluence.

In addition to the above Desire2Learn Gradebook Declaration, you will also find these extra credit declarations:


"History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells, 'Can't you remember anything I told you?' and lets fly with a club." John W. Campbell, Jr.

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Kerry Magruder, Instructor, 2004
Brent Purkaple, TA

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