Module 02
Organizing Information Report

We often do not realize what we have learned until after due deliberation. Writing a module report provides you an opportunity to reflect on the readings and lectures, and reading the reports you write provides me a chance to assess to what extent you have met the learning objectives.



For module 02, please write the equivalent of at least a three-page report (double spaced; font of your choice) addressing:

Your organization of your information 

The purpose of this report is to relate the tasks that you perform in your role as a student to the kinds of information that you collect and use to support those tasks; to compare those strategies with your strategies for maintaining information for your social, recreational, and personal interests; and to consider how an organization may influence both the tasks performed and the information used.

To complete the assignment, you should first:

  1. Identify the tasks that you perform as a student
    examples: read, write papers, search for information, study for exams, etc.
  2. Identify the kinds of information that you use to perform each task and identify where the information is located
    examples: articles, books, blogs, etc. may be used in the reading task and some of them may be in a textbook on your shelf, downloaded from the library, or read online
  3. You can document the above in lists, or you can generate a concept map if you wish.
  4. Describe briefly how these items are organized in your workspace
    examples: in folders by course, by date, etc.

And then, continue on with ...

In a brief, reflective product you should address the following questions:

  1. If you were to perform the same task for your email, your digital photos, your digital music, and other items of personal interest,
    what differences would you find in task, information type, and structure?
  2. How much does UNC and/or SILS influence the way you organize your digital information?
    Would someone else be able to use your structure easily?
  3. What percentage of the stuff in your physical space (desk, apartment, etc.)
    and your digital space (laptop, home directory on the network, Google space, etc.)
    is school-related?
  4. What do you like best about your organizational structure and what do you find most challenging?

Here is an example to review to see what a report might look like


You may use any tool you wish to accomplish this task (a document; a PowerPoint presentation; a Prezi presentation; anything)

Place the report (or a link to it) in your Sakai drop box. The instructor will know where to look for it and will do so after the due time and date.



Due by: 2359 hours on Monday, 18 September 2017

Grade What it means What I will be looking for
A Mastery of course content at the highest level of attainment that can reasonably be expected Well written with no grammatical errors, well-articulated discussion of the topic; it shows evidence of your having absorbed all of the key points of the module, and that you described them in such quality that one could expect you to teach the module
A- A totally acceptable performance demonstrating an adequate level of attainment Really, really good, but perhaps not enough to convince one that you are currently fully ready to teach the module
B+ Really good, but perhaps a bit shallower in terms of your understanding one or more points; you may have a few grammatical issues in your writing; you may not have used relevant examples to explain your points; you may not have fully addressed all the elements requested
B Good, but perhaps a bit shallower in terms of your understanding several points; you may have several grammatical issues in your writing; you may not have used relevant examples to explain your points; you may not have fully addressed all the elements requested; you did not use terminology that we discussed in the module sessions
B- Good, but not as good as it could have been; you may not have fully addressed all the elements requested
C+ A marginal performance demonstrating a minimal passing level OK, in terms of grasping the essentials, but not good in terms of articulating your understanding in a manner that is easy to read and appreciate
C You seem to understand the essential points of the module, but you did not articulate your understanding well enough to do more than the minimum
C- It's time to start wondering if you missed something important, if you misunderstood the task, if you did not understand the key elements
D+ This is a warning that you are not currently on the right path; you might need to have a discussion with the instructor about this performance
D There are indications that you were present and that you sort of grasped what we had discussed, but missed the key points to such a degree that you really need to re-group and catch up
F For whatever reasons an unacceptable performance If it's unacceptable, it is unacceptable; it should be as obvious to you as it is to the instructor