Martin Turner here again. It is my pleasure to be your unit co-ordinator for ACCT11059 Accounting, Learning and Online Communication. This is my fourth email to you.
If you missed my first three emails, do not worry. You can find them at Martin’s Emails in my blog; and also by clicking on ‘Martin’s Emails’ in the Communication section on the right hand side of Moodle. (Note: if you access Moodle on your phone or tablet, you need to scroll down to the bottom to get to the sections on the ‘right hand side’ of Moodle when using a computer). When I send out emails I will also post a link to them on our unit Facebook page (if you have not done so already, you should ask to join our Facebook page).
In particular, my first email contains important information to get started in our unit.
When we opened Moodle two weeks ago, quite a few people had a look at our unit, its assessment and started connecting to others in our unit. Some have got started on the reading for Week 1, PeerWise, setting up their blog and joining our unit Facebook page.
If you are just getting started to look at our unit, do not worry. We are just at the beginning of term; at the beginning of Week 1, which starts on Monday 11 March.
A lot has been happening already, in the two weeks leading up to the start of term. Quite a few people are ready to ‘hit the ground running’ as we start Week 1.
The first thing to get started on is PeerWise.
So far, over 100 people have registered for PeerWise which is about 30% of people enrolled in our unit. People have written about 200 questions and given over 3,000 answers to these questions.
So there is plenty happening on PeerWise; with lots of questions to answer already.
One thing you should get started on right away is PeerWise. Click on the PeerWise folder in the top central section of Moodle. There you will find everything you need to know about how to get started on PeerWise (and also the marking guidelines for PeerWise). You should register and get started on PeerWise now. Remember, the first 1% of your PeerWise mark will be based on your PeerWise Reputation Score at 5pm Friday in Week 3.
Also, check out the video ‘Tips on Using PeerWise‘.
A key to PeerWise being a success is that we all help create a great learning community by writing high quality questions, which we can all access, answer, rate and comment on to support our learning.
The idea with PeerWise is that you read the chapters from the Study Guide each week, and based on your reading write multiple choice questions (with solutions and clear explanations quoting from the Study Guide and also answer, comment on and rate other people’s questions).
Peerwise is a great way to review the material in the reading, focusing on helping us understand and make our own sense of some of the key concepts.
You can find the readings each week by clicking on ‘Weekly Schedule’ in the top centre section in Moodle. The chapter references refer to the chapters in the Study Guide. You can find the chapters in the Study Guide by clicking on ‘Study Guide’ in the Study Guide section on the left-hand side of Moodle.
Our reading for Week 1 is the Introduction and Chapter 1 from the Study Guide. So read these chapters, then answer some questions on PeerWise and then write some questions.
Blogs and Exemplars
A number of people have set up their blogs for our unit. You can find links to people’s blogs in the Blog Links Forum in the Communication section on the right-hand side of Moodle. Already, there are over 33 blogs with their links posted; so lots of blogs to have a look at. Why not visit some people’s blogs and say ‘hi’ and comment on them. I am sure people would love to hear from you, and you might get some great ideas on how to develop your own blog.
And you will need to make connections with others in our unit to do the assignments, so it is wise to start making some connections by visiting each other’s blogs this week. I suggest you make sure you visit and comment on at least 5-10 blogs during the coming week.
Many people in our subject have also joined our unit’s Facebook page. If you have not yet joined, click on this link or on the Facebook link in the Communication box on the right-hand side of Moodle and join our group.
Classes this week
There will be interactive workshops each Wednesday from 9.00 am – 12 noon at Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. There will also be classes at Perth and Geraldton at other times. If you wish, you can also Zoom into our classes on Wed from 9.00am – 10.30am.
For those attending class, if you have not done so already, you will be able to (in class):
- Download Echo 360 app
- Complete our Pre-Unit Survey (in the Communication section, top right-hand section on Moodle). I look forward to hearing what you have to say.
- Register on PeerWise.
- Join our unit Facebook page.
And much, much more ….
Please bring a device with you so you can complete these tasks in class this week.
For those not going to class this week, including most of our distance students, please make sure you have completed these tasks during the week. Quite a few people already have.
I expect everyone will have completed their Pre-Unit Survey this week, and I will report back to everyone in the coming weeks on what we all had to say.
I also expect everyone will have registered on PeerWise and have got started this week answering and writing questions based on our reading of the Introduction and Chapter 1 of the Study Guide.
You will be given your own company later this week at 5.00pm Friday Week 1. They will be available in the top centre section of Moodle. I will email everyone (as well as Facebook) when they are available. You can work on Steps 1 and 2 of your ASS#1 now, before you get your company.
Never give up … and maybe even have fun at times!
Hopefully, there will be lots of times in our unit when you are having fun; and cannot believe that learning about accounting could be so enjoyable. Also, there may come times when you might feel like giving up. Quite a few people can feel like this, particularly while completing the early steps of ASS#2 in Weeks 5-8. Accounting can seem daunting to many of us, and quite a few people may be feeling fearful about studying accounting.
My advice to you is to never give up. If you never give up, and if you connect well with others in our unit and support each other and discuss issues and questions as they arise, then you will make it through. And managing your time well is also important.
I look forward to exploring the (possibly) exciting world of accounting with you this term, as we together seek to find out whether accounting can help, or perhaps hinder, us to better understand and connect to the economic and business realities of our firms.