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Kerry Magruder <[log in to unmask]>
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Kerry Magruder <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 22 Aug 2006 11:57:23 -0500
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Hey Laura,

This is a fantastic idea!  I wish I had implemented something like
this earlier, as I think my students would really benefit from it
too.  Great idea!  Thank you for sharing it!!!


On Aug 22, 2006, at 10:50 AM, Gibbs, Laura K. wrote:

> hi everybody, I hope your semester is going well! I wanted to quickly
> share with everybody a new assignment I am using this semester
> which so
> far is having great results (I opened my classes last Monday and
> almost
> all the students chose to get started early).
> in the past I've had students do an online course contract with me,
> but
> it was very mechanical and not personalized or individualized in any
> way. this semester, I am asking students to do the contract but
> also to
> CHOOSE THREE SUCCESS STRATEGIES that they think will help them do well
> in the class and send me back a note about that.
> here's the assignment:
> and here's the list of success strategies I've asked them to look
> at and
> choose from:
> I think it's working well since I am getting some very interesting
> comments back from the students in response and they are choosing all
> different kinds of strategies, based on their own personal
> circumstances.
> anyway, I wanted to share this since it is a very simple assignment
> and
> is giving great results, helping to turn what was previously an empty
> (but necessary) exercise into a much more productive self-
> examination by
> the student and more interesting communication back to me.
> plus, it is not really specific to the content of my course at
> all... so
> I'm hoping that if students come up with success strategies for their
> online course, it will help them in their regular courses as well!
> :)
> Laura