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YOUR FIRST SERVES: MAJOR FINDINGS

  • overall, analyze and criticize posts predominated
  • there was a balance of post types for the first two posts of the week
  • criticize predominated in the final post of the week
  • all of the students who posted multiple times used a different mode each time
  • 3/4's of the posts were identified using the five-eyes rubric
  • many students were able to recognize diversity in their posts
  • about 1/4 of the students reported consciously diversifying their posts
  • course goals can be identified as the reason given for the diversity in a substantial number of responses
  • 1/2 the students used the survey as an occasion to appraise their work and to form specific plans for the future
  • the rhetoric of conflict -- the "deride and conquer" approach to interaction -- was quite visible