Blog Entries

Almost every week you will be blogging about your project. Blog entries are due almost every Friday (see course schedule). Go here each time you want to make a new blog entry. (Clicking on that link is best to ensure you are saving your blog entries to the right place. If you try doing it directly within moodle be sure to select “Add new entry to this course” and not “Add new entry”).  Make sure you leave the default option selected (Publish to: Anyone on this site). Your blog title should be “Blog Entry 1” or “Blog Entry 2”, etc.

Please consider the writing prompts below when you discuss the progression of your course project. You may decide to instead talk more generally about the progress of your project that given week. Relevant Project Components should be included in your blog as appropriate.

To see all of your published blog entries (or to edit existing ones) go into moodle and search for the Blog Menu (“View my entries about this course”).

Blog Entry Writing Prompts:
1
  • Project Component A
  • Did you struggle to find literature that pertained to your project?
  • Are you happy with your research question? Are you having trouble focusing on one topic or association of interest?

(due Friday, February 1st at 6pm)

2
  • Project Component B
  • Project Component D

(due Friday, February 8th at 6pm)

3
  • Project Component C

(due Friday, February 15th at 6pm)

4
  • Do you feel like your project is on track? If not, what type of support do you feel you need in order to move forward?
  • What type of data management decisions do you still have left?
  • Project Component E & F

(due Friday, February 22nd at 6pm)

5
  • Project Component G
  • Project Component H
  • How do your findings connect to your expectations?
  • How does this graph help you answer your research question?
  • Describe any current roadblocks on your project. What is your next step in moving forward?

(due Friday, March 8th at 6pm)

6
  • Describe additional variables you want to bring into your study. Why do you think they are important or interesting to explore?

(due Friday, March 29th at 6pm)

7
  • Project Component I
  • Does this project component connect to your research question? If not, explain how you decided on a third variable to use (it is ok to say you picked one for practice purposes only). If so, how do your findings support or shed light on what you were expecting to find?

(due Friday, April 5th at 6pm)

8
  • Project Component J
  • Does this project component connect to your research question? If not, explain how you decided on a third variable to use (it is ok to say you picked one for practice purposes only). If so, how do your findings support or shed light on what you were expecting to find?

(due Friday, April 12th at 6pm)

9  

  • Include a new visualization or graph you think you would like to use on your final poster.
  • Include any new analysis you have performed

(due Friday, April 19th at 6pm)

10
  • This final entry could take many different forms – you might continue and/or conclude your research, you might reflect back on your experiences, you might think about how your experiences will affect you as you move forward, etc.

Examples of things you may want to reflect on:

  • What would have you liked to do with more time or knowledge?
  • How would you characterize your learning in this course?
  • Did you figure something out that you didn’t think you could?
  • What surprised you about your work in this course?
  • How did blogging contribute to the progression of your project?

(due Thursday, May 2nd at 6pm)