Istace Education: Comparing traditional and online learning

Compare traditional and online learning from the point of view of the learner. What are the pros and cons of online learning for learners? How can technology ameliorate some of the cons, or facilitate the pros?

Marking scheme (according to the prof):

Content (70%) the treatment of the topic conceptually and analytically. This is the substance, the Whatof the paper: what you had to say about the topic, what you presented in defense of your position, and what your analysis revealed about thought processes and grasp of the material you grappled with.

Organization (20%) the way information and arguments in your paper are arrayed and presented, including both the overall organization and the arrangement of the sub-parts. I look for:

a relevant title, subheadings, and overall organization of the paper;

introductory material, as needed;

summaries, as appropriate;

connective and transitional links; and,

what used to be called rhetoric: the skillful arrangement of the pieces for maximum persuasive impact on the reader.

I think of organization as reflecting the confidence an effective writer manages to convey that the work is moving in a promising direction, from sound premises, and will arrive at its destination in good order and in a timely manner.

Mechanics (10%). In a time of spelling and grammar checkers, this consists mostly the basics of correct sentence structure, punctuation, effective and sensitive word choice, paragraph organization, and overall Flowof the writing. (A word of advice for the career-minded: if you difficulties in any of these areas, work on them! It is not too late to learn the basics; mastery of basic communication and writing skills, including punctuation, is a must for graduate students, and an objective of the program. Some of us ex-English teachers will be happy to help, privately and confidentially, if asked.)

More specifically, I will use the following criteria to mark your assignments:

How clearly has the central question  the thesis statement been defined?
How closely does the subsequent writing relate to that question?
How succinct and concise is the writing?
Has the meaning of terms central to the argument been made clear?
Are terms being used in appropriate ways?
Is their use consistent? That is, are terms used in the same sense and to refer to or mean the same thing throughout the paper?
Organization and Argument
How thorough is the understanding and grasp of issues, concepts and theories that the writer displays?
How coherent is the argument that comprises the paper?
Is the topic sufficiently introduced and concluded?
Are transitions between ideas clearly and smoothly accomplished?
Are the arguments sufficiently elaborated?
Are the arguments adequately supported by illustrative examples and references to external sources where appropriate?
Are sources of material acknowledged?
Is the extent and range of sources broad enough?
The standard formatting style for references in the MDE is the American Psychological Association (APA) style. I am not too fussy about this as long as you use a consistent style.
Accuracy and Clarity
Is the writing sufficiently free of grammatical error and awkwardness to communicate meaning clearly?
Are word choices appropriate and accurate?
Is the presentation free of factual errors and omissions?

Does the writing display an original voice, as opposed to one that relies primarily on others words and voices?
Is there evidence of original and creative thought, for example, in the ideas or themes around which a description, synthesis or analysis is constructed?
Your assignment should be formatted like any research essay or term paper, preceded by a title page with your name and followed by a reference list.
At a more basic level, I expect the papers to be well organized with the following components:

An introduction that states clearly your purpose;
The body of the paper that develops your position;
Some summarizing and concluding comments;
Claims should be properly cited with references that appear in a reference list.
A Note on Using Direct Quotes

Direct quotes should be used sparingly and they should be relatively brief. In general they should only be used if they add value to your paper. By that I mean that the author you are quoting says something in a way that you could not say just as well by paraphrasing. Using too many unnecessary direct quotes disrupts the flow of your paper so please use them sparingly. Please read the article on the use of quotes in the resources section.