D004x Moderation Reflection

As stated in the course guidelines:

From mid-October to late-November an abbreviated version of this course will run on edX, an open online course platform. Hundreds of students from around the world will take this “DavidsonX” course. Some of the very writers, artists, and critics we study will also participate in this online course. Students in DIG 220 will act as moderators and co-teachers for the online course. Responsibilities include responding to the online students’ posts, highlighting particularly productive posts, and making connections between various posts and our own in-class discussions. The DavidsonX moderation and reflection is worth 20% of the final grade.

This is your opportunity to analyze and reflect upon your D004x moderation. Remember the minimum involvement was 5 comments per week, with no more than 2 of those comments being directed toward another Davidson student.

This analysis and reflection is due via Moodle by midnight, Thursday, December 3. Here are the steps involved:

1. Find your comments. Go to your comment page, which lists all of your discussion board posts. You can find this by clicking on your name in a comment you’ve left.

How to find a list of all your comments

2. Read them all. Get a sense of the conversation you were participating in. Make a note of how many substantive comments you left and include that number at the top of your reflection.

3. Analyze your contributions. There are many questions to ask here, which may include the following: How did your comments move the conversation forward (or did they)? What sort of conversational “moves” did you make (support, disagreement, elaboration, questioning, etc.)? What kind of formal, informal, procedural, and self-regulatory knowledge came into play in your moderation? Did a theme develop across your comments? Did you tend to comment about a certain aspect of electronic literature?

4. Reflect on your contributions. This is the written part of the reflection where you make sense of everything you noticed in the previous steps. In addition to addressing the questions in #3, consider any surprises you found as you reread and thought about your work. Finally, reflect on your overall role as a participant in the online version of the class. What did the online version add to your experience of electronic literature, and what did it take away? How was the online class (and your moderation of it) a complement to our face-to-face class? If there were some positive benefits of participating in the online course, what could make those benefits even greater?

The entire reflection should be about 500-720 words.

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