Your weekly journal should be completed each day we have class, so if you are absent for any reason, you need to make up the class time outside of class. It should be ready for evaluation each Friday.
The major objective of this process is to help you conduct self-directed learning while you pursue the learning objectives of your IT / CS class through study and projects. Leaving the course you should be well prepared to perform self directed investigation and study in the future, and to document your results. These are skills which will make your future colleagues and employers very happy!
Each week you will create a new journal entry linked from your digital
portfolio. Use a top level heading for the week, and a second level heading
for each day of the week. The first day of the week should include
Plan in the heading and describe what you want to accomplish during the
week. The last day of the week should include
Evaluation in the heading
and reflect on what you accomplished relative to your plan. Feel free to use
journal_template.html as a template if you
Working either alone or with a partner or group (depending on the project), you should document each of the following parts of a successful learning process:
Investigation can be presented most effectively by including links to websites of resources and tutorials you used for learning. To share your creations you should provide links to the computational artifacts* that you make during the week. These can include computer programs, web pages, digital graphics, system or network configuration files, etc.
Finally, reflection, which occurs both before and after each investigation and creation, should be presented explicitely in the body of your journal. How do you evaluate the tutorials and documentation you used? Where they clear and helpful? Did you learn anything new that you found especially engaging or exciting? How was your experience creating your computational artifact? Was it thrilling or frustrating? What do your experiences suggest you should do to adjust your learning plan for next week?
Your progress will be evaluated each week and you will be given a grade according to the following rubric: