This week, we got our feedback for our essays about hybrid learning during the covid-19 pandemic. I was actually rather ill whilst carrying this work out, and really worried about what grade I would achieve, and struggled with the 750 word maximum word count. However I managed to achieve 70 out of 100 which I am really happy with. Nigel’s comments were really nice and helpful, and said: “I liked how you focused on one case study/part of the article. This helped to locate a focus and also allowed you to consider the work in greater detail. You demonstrate great exploration of closely located ideas and bring in a range of appropriate literature. You also do a great job of drawing on appropriate literature to support/counter the work in the article reviewed.” For improvements and guidance, Nigel said: “With a little further exploration (more comprehensive) into other articles and work your mark would increase – try and bring in more references next time to help argue your point of view.”
When I think about what else could have been included to reach higher marks, although the word count was really tight, and perhaps if we had a bit extra, I think I could have included more literature, other theory, and a little bit of comparison. I included more points in my plan for the essay, but had to sacrifice things in order to keep to the word count. I wanted to make reference to connectivism as a learning theory, as it specifies that networking is done in a web environment, so with the pandemic moving learning online, this was a very relevant point. In addition, earlier in the module, Nigel shared a website that had a ranked list of different countries and how good their infrastructure for E-learning was – Link here.
If I had the space, I would have liked to compare Germany’s position on the list to the position of the UK, and found some information as to why Germany is ranked higher. According to the article, 92.9% of people in Germany, have access to computers, compared to 91.7% of people in the UK. Broadband speed in Germany is approximately 91.3 Mbits/s (Megabits per second), compared to the UK speed of 67.2 Mbits/s. Lastly, the average cost of tutoring per hour in Germany is £9.94, whereas the cost is £14.60 in the UK (HR News, 2020). The study (by Preply – Link here) overall, examined the state of digital infrastructure, the number of digital educational courses, and the market for e-learning in 30 different countries across the world. If I were to write this essay again, this is definitely a topic I would have talked about.
HR News. (2020) The countries with the best infrastructure for e-learning. Available from: http://hrnews.co.uk/the-countries-with-the-best-infrastructure-for-e-learning/ [Accessed 7 December 2021].