Sunday, June 27, 2010

Week 1: Am I On The Right Track?

I've read the learning objectives of the first week many times. Every day I checked them to know if something achieved or not. How wonderful is your work when it grows until to be a complete building?

Here is the list:
  1. Logging into Nicenet.
  2. Introducing each other.
  3. Filling out a needs analysis survey.
  4. Setting ground rules and rubrics for discussions and evaluation.
  5. Creating a blog and writing what we have done and learned in the 1st week.
Let me tell you my experience with these tasks:

1. Logging into Nicenet:

I created an account at the Nicenet website. First I felt a little bit confused and afraid of this new experience. You know it is a natural feeling. But, bit by bit I felt relaxed and happy while using this website.  

2. Introducing eath other:

I introduced myself to my new coursemates. Actually, it is amazing thing to know many people in a minute. You don’t know just persons but their cultures, thoughts, ideas, reflections, and many things in a short time. 

3. Filling out a needs analysis survey:

I filled out a needs analysis survey to help ensure that the course topics are appropriate. I completed this survey. Honestly, I found some areas which need to be improved. So, I hope this course will enrich all my skills and experiences. 

4. Setting ground rules and rubrics:

I collaborated with my coursemates to set some ground rules for our discussions and rubrics for evaluating our works.Thanks to Deborah for giving us this opportunity. She wanted to say: Please set some rules with me, then follow them. Some coursemates suggested other rules, like Stephen. Actually, his rule completed the list. The rubrics are fair. I suggested to use analytical one, and some coursemates liked the idea. I wanted to know Deborah’s viewpoint. May be she didn’t like it. Any way, I’ll follow these rules and rubrics perfectly as possible as I can.

5. Creating a blog:

I created my own blog and shared its URL with my colleagues. I don’t know how to express my excitement with this step. You know I deal with my blog as a baby. All the time I look after it and I want to make it attractive for all my coursemates. I think that people can know others through their works. So, when my coursemates visit my blog, they can get an idea about me. This doesn’t mean that I don’t care about the content. Actually, I write, rewrite , revise and edit many times before I publish. I care about both form and content. Any way, I wrote 4 posts and discussed them with my colleagues. All their comments are very valuable and constructive. Also I visited all my coursemates’ blogs and left comments. Thanks to Arjana for her explanation of how to make a blog list. It saved my time and effort. 

Now, I just want to know: Am I On The Right Track?


  1. Dear Azhar,

    I think you definitely are on the right track! Keep up the good work!


  2. Dear Liza,

    Thanks so much for your encouragement. I liked very much the new design of your blog.
    Go a head!

  3. Dear Azhar,
    On the right track, certainly you are.I read all your posts and I have to admit the way you articulate your ideas about the first week of this online course is just incredibly impressive. I also admire the systematic way you write about this learning experience. Can't be a coincidence your MA was about Writing. You were born a writer!
    Thanks for sharing with us the links.

  4. Dear Arbi,

    Thanks so much for your kind words. You know I'm just a baby if I compare myself with a great writer like you. Your word choice, your way of conveying ideas, and attracting our attention to the point are among many things you have.

    Go a head!