I would like to start my blog with gratitude to my instructor who did really good job. This year I felt that I am a part of a group. I had a great opportunity to share my ideas and thoughts and I knew that my peers appreciated them. Despite the fact that this online course was very intensive, I enriched my background knowledge and improved my research and writing skills. However, my main concern is with writing a literature review of substance. My personal evaluation is that a lack of analytical and critical thinking skills may be the cause of this. I hope that with the help of writing center and my instructors I will improve my literature review part. Right now I am not sitting twiddling my thumbs, I spend a lot of time reading different articles and books in order to fill this gap.
I think that all my group mates worked hard during this course and did their best. I just recommend them to use this website if they want to listen to different viewpoints or if they want to share their experience that might be beneficial and helpful for other students. It is essential for online students to work collaboratively in order to show successful results at the end of the study.
In conclusion, I want to say that I enjoyed the way how the online course was conducted. First, all students were involved into the process; second, students improved their writing skills receiving constructive feedback from peers and instructors; third, students practiced their research skills. However, if I were the instructor, I would make the mini-thesis project interrelated with the thesis paper. This positive interrelation will give students an opportunity to spend more time working on their thesis paper instead of writing two theses at the same time.