Monthly Archives: October 2013

My Experience with Academic-Zone

You may be thinking to yourself, what is the purpose of the Academic-Zone resources and how are they going to help me in my courses? Well, as a student at Brock University, I can honestly say that Academic-Zone was a huge help to me during my first year and helped me see what’s expected at the post-secondary level.

I used the Essay-Zone and Advanced Grammar modules in my first year Principles of Business course (MGMT 1P93). As part of this course, we were required to take a grammar and punctuation test, and we had three attempts to achieve a minimum grade of 70% or we would not pass the course. At the time, the test was worth 10% of our final mark and the grade we received on the first attempt would be the only one that counted. We used the Essay-Zone and Advanced Grammar modules to prepare for this test.

The majority of my preparation and studying for the test was done by using the modules. I passed the test on my first attempt! After using the modules, I saw a big improvement in my writing skills, particularly in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. I continued to use Essay-Zone and Advanced Grammar throughout the remainder of my first term to help me with my writing in all of my courses. They were a huge help, especially when it came to writing essays. What I like about the modules is how they are very light on text and easy to navigate. The activities and mini-quizzes really kept my interest and helped me to learn the material more easily.

I highly recommend the Academic-Zone modules to all students. Whether you’re struggling with essay writing, grammar, punctuation, or even math, the modules will definitely help you out. I wasn’t struggling, but I was surprised by how much my writing improved!

Academic-Zone – How to Register

Students! Is your professor using Academic-Zone? If so, check out this tutorial on how to register.

Having problems registering? Send us an e-mail at academic-zone@brocku.ca.

Is it Time to Retire the Binder?

Has the time come to abandon binders and the whole concept of handwritten notes? In a recent post by the Canadian Education Association, one instructor gives his thoughts on this matter. “Let’s Ban the Binder” discusses why we need to move on from the traditional methods of having students copy out notes or keep copies of handouts towards the use of more collaborative learning practices. It touches on how exploring of modern tools and technology should be emphasized, rather than having students simply review notes in preparation for tests.

Do you think it’s time to abandon the traditional methods of teaching and learning? What role might technology play? In your opinion, are there  factors that stand in the way of change? Share your thoughts!

An intriguing quote:
“If we believe that creativity is more important than regurgitation, that inventiveness is of greater value than memorization, that learning is more experiential than observational, then we must engage students in thinking beyond pen, ruler and paper.”

Click here for the full article.

Visit the Canadian Education Association website for more.

Can Mobile Devices Be Used in Academics?

“Students are ready to use their mobile devices more for academics, and they look to institutions and instructors for opportunities and encouragement to do so.”

This key finding from a recent study conducted by the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) provides insight on students’ experiences and expectations when it comes to the use of technology in their courses. The article, “ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013”, raises many interesting questions. How exactly will mobile devices be used in courses? Will students actually use their devices for academics, or will they simply be a distraction? How can instructors monitor who’s using their mobile device for academics and who’s not? Let us know what you think!

Check out the full article here.

The Importance of Grammar Outside of Academic Writing

Grammar. Its important. So a student needs to prepare for there future!

Did you cringe when reading this introduction? How important is grammar?

An interesting post, “This Is Why Your Resume Was Rejected”, from The Recruiters Lounge, focused on employers and their experiences regarding job applications and candidates. The post lists some interesting reasons as to why employers reject resumes during the application process, with one in particular:

“1 spelling or grammar mistake and your CV (application) will be thrown in the trash can.”

A second post focused more on relating proper grammar to the work place. “Good Grammar Should Be Everyone’s Business” provides a few somewhat surprising facts that clearly support the theory that good grammar leads to professional success. The post states the following:

“Professionals with fewer grammar errors in their profiles achieved                     higher positions.

Fewer grammar errors correlate with more promotions.

Fewer grammar errors associate with frequent job changes.”

Both of these posts argue that proper grammar is extremely important when it comes to professional success. What are your thoughts on these statements? Do you agree or disagree?

Check out the original articles by clicking the links below.

This Is Why Your Resume Was Rejected

Good Grammar Should Be Everyone’s Business