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Copy of Independent Study Course Materials

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Individual appointments – Students will meet with the instructor at least 4 times during the term. The first meeting needs to occur no later than the end of the fourth week of the term and should be at least an hour in length.  Other appointments should last between 30 minutes and an hour. (15% of final course grade)

Learner/Thinker Journal- The student will write between 5 entries in a critical thinking journal.  These entries should be no less than 1 page type written and can be completed in MSWord or other word-processing software as separate documents.  The journal entries should be submitted to the instructor via e-mail.  (15% of final course grade)

Paper - Students will complete 1 self-analysis paper. The paper will be 2-3 pages in length. (25% of final course grade)

Final Project - Students will complete a final research project on a topic of their own choosing or their area of study.  This project will incorporate all of the academic study, critical thinking and information literacy/research skills learned in the study.  (45% of final course grade)

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Journal # 1 – Identifying How You Learn

 

Complete the two online self-assessments listed below.  Review your results from both assessments and write up a 1-2 page analysis of what you learned about yourself from these assessments.  Send your journal write-up to your instructor via e-mail attachment as a word document or pdf - please do not send Wordperfect or MAC documents. 

 

1. VARK Learning Styles Inventory – The VARK assessment measures learning preferences (Visual, Auditory, Read/Write, and Kinesthetic). It is very short – 16 questions – and should only take you a few minutes to complete.  

  • To access, go to http://www.vark-learn.com and click on Questionnaire
  • Answer all the questions, submitting the results by clicking OK. 
  • DO NOT PURCHASE the results. 
  • Print out the results screen and then click the links for the learning preferences help sheets listed based on your input. You can explore all the learning preferences from those links and incorporate the information into your journal response.   

 

2. READI AssessmentWhile the READI assessment is geared towards online studies, it is appropriate for any student at ESC whether they plan to take online studies or not. The assessment will take anywhere between 20-40 minutes to complete. You can pause and come back in but be sure to copy down the pin to reenter.   

  • To access, go to http://esc.readi.info/.  Enter at Username: escstudent AND at Password: esc then create your own account.  

  • The report is VERY comprehensive measuring motivation, learning styles, reading skills, technical computer competencies/knowledge; and typing speed/accuracy.

 

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Journals 2-5 Click Here

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Self-Analysis Paper

 

Your goal is to write a 2-3 paged paper that is an indepth analysis of yourself in personal, professional and academic contexts. Click here for some guidance about how to organize your thoughts for the paper.

 

The questions below are designed to help you to think more deeply and make some plans for how to work with your strengths and overcome your limitations while tying into how you prefer to learn and how you have accomplished things in the past. Review the questions to help you analyze yourself and to get you started on your Self Analysis Paper. Use your answers to the questions as a way to start the brainstorming process to help you eventually write the paper. You might not use everything you write in answer to the questions as part of your paper, you should review the answers to help you identify themes and/or issues that will help you write about how to work with your strengths and overcome your limitations in personal, professional and academic contexts.


 

When I think of myself as a learner, I can best describe myself as...(fill in at least 5 descriptive phrases that currently represent who you are or who you have been as a learner)

 

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Make a list of at least 5 of your personal, academic, and professional strengths. Strengths are those skills, attitudes, personal characteristics, interests, and past achievements that add to your sense of self- efficacy. They give you a sense of your identity and develop your confidence, competence, and self-esteem.

 

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Make a list of at least 5 of your personal, academic, and professional limitations. Think of your limits as those deficiencies, conditions, attitudes, and characteristics that have been obstacles to your achievements in the past.

 

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Here are some more questions to answer that will give you more information as you write your Self Analysis assignment. Write your answers to each.

 

Think back to when you where younger; then move forward in time through your life. What were your accomplishments, your hobbies, and interests? What gave you satisfaction? What did you dislike? Try to remember the moments in your life when you forgot about the time, when you were so involved in what you were doing that you didn't notice time passing and you didn't want to stop.

 

 

 

 

Describe some highlights and explain why a particular memory is a highlight. Don't rationalize your choices; just explore why these memories are good ones for you? How did you feel emotionally? Physically?

 

 

 

 

Read over what you have written and look for common themes. What kinds of things keep coming up? What would you say is your primary motivator or passion? Write this down!

 

 

The notes for these questions are the outline for your self assessment paper! Your goal is to write a 3-4 paged paper that does an indepth analysis of yourself in personal, professional and academic contexts. The questions above are to help you to think more deeply and make some plans for how to work with your strengths and overcome your limitations while tying into how you prefer to learn and how you have accomplished things in the past.

 

 


 

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