Each of the four groups of readings in this collection will require an accompanying Rich or Richer Reflection; two or more of your reflections must be Richer Reflections.
The goal of these guidelines for Rich Reflections are to both prompt a better reflection and to make your reflection complete and useful to readers outside this class.
Part 1. Titles and Links
This is easy, since I’m providing them, but it’s important they appear in the text of your reflection to help your readers. This should be in proper APA—just kidding. Format them how you like as long as they are readable and accurately linked.
Part 2. Excerpt(s)
Choose at least one specific excerpt from each reading in the group. If you are reflecting on a piece of multimedia, transcribe the specific quote/excerpt. Each excerpt should be no more than a few paragraphs—and shorter is better if you can get to the heart of what matters for your response—but you can of course use multiple excerpts from each reading as needed to make your thinking clear.
Part 3. The Rich (Active) Reflection
This is where you engage and reflect. Obviously this will involve writing up your thoughts. What makes the activity rich is a) thinking about your thinking and b) making connections. Don’t just summarize or tell us what the reading covers or your excerpts say, but tell us what it means to you. How is it right? How is it wrong? If you believe what you are sharing, what does it mean for your work and play? If you don’t believe it, why? What’s your counter-argument?
Be sure to address the “critical questions” that accompany each group of readings.
If you refer to other readings and resources, be sure to give titles and, wherever possible, links.
Part 4. The Link
If you are creating your rich reflection on your site, you are done. If you are creating something that lives elsewhere, please share a link (or links) on your blog so your instructor (and everyone else) can see it!
The “Richer Reflection” uses the strategies outlined above but integrates—or is completely created using—rich media (things other than text). Is this similar to the “Make and Share” assignment? Why, yes it is.
Voice your thoughts (literally) using audio, make a video response, record a dialogue with a classmate (or two, or more, or with your instructor!), connect with one of the authors of a reading and record or transcribe the exchange, create a mind-map of the ideas in the reading, make an infographic or an animated GIF or a poster, create a slide presentation or…surprise me!
- Elevator pitch / executive summary — sell the main idea(s) of the reading … or persuade us to challenge them.
- Video, podcast, screencast reflections.
- Markup the reading directly with an annotation tool, such as Hypothes.is, and share a link to your annotations (hint: you will have to use Hypothesis later in the course).
- Reflect/engage/debate in conversation with a classmate or more (record and share, collaborate on a Google Doc, etc)
- Create a mind-map or concept-map explaining the main ideas and arguments
- Whip up an infographic
- Make a timeline
- You tell us!
If you want to do something you don’t see here, ell me what you have in mind and let’s do it!
As usual, publish your reflection to your site. Use (at least) the tags
richreflection as appropriate.
Your reflections aren’t graded with points, but by their quality. In my comments on your individual reflections I will use the following terms. How you choose to respond to them is your choice:
Your reflection demonstrates that you have not just read the assigned readings, but have wrestled with the ideas and considered them in the light of your own experience and the course content.
- Rich Reflection includes the title, link and more than one relevant excerpt in the text as outlined above.
- Richer Reflections include that kind of information, or work in that spirit, in a manner appropriate to your method (for instance an audio reflection would include excerpts/quotes in the audio itself, but the link and title would be in accompanying text; a video might show a URL or use graphics; a mind map might rely on direct links, etc.)
Your reflection includes links to related materials, illustrations, media, whether created by yourself or others. Your writing is clear, grammatically correct and free of typos.
Your reflection demonstrates you have read the assigned readings. Your reflection includes the title, link and at least one relevant excerpt. Your reflection includes links to related materials. Your writing is clear, grammatically correct and free of typos.
Your reflection doesn’t demonstrate that you’ve actually read the assigned readings. Your reflection is missing the title, link, or excerpt. Your reflection doesn’t include links to related material. Your writing is unclear, grammatically incorrect, or contains typos.
This means you chose not to reflect, so my comments will likewise be invisible.