Adherence to the writing process for editing and redrafting
I have definitely written, edited and revised numerous times on this paper. I have rearranged paragraphs, and even added a study or two from the original version. Stepping away from it for a few days really helped see it with fresh eyes.
Importance or significance of the topic
Gamification is a popular topic in education, particularly its role in student motivation and engagement. Although there is a good bit of literature on gamifcation and even student motivation in gamification, much of it has to do with digital-based gamification. I am interested in a hybrid form as well as how gamification contributes to the acquisition of the 4Cs of learning, (a) collaboration, (b) communication, (c) creativity and (d) critical thinking.
Organization and other global considerations
The length of the paper is definitely within the parameters of the assignment and has all of the required sections, including a reference list. The number of references has been met as well.
Effectiveness of the introduction
For this paper, I feel pretty good about the introduction. I can't say the same for one of my others though, even though the topic is very similar. Sometimes the words just flow and the hook is there or the quote etc. that just brings the reader in and states what is going to be covered in the paper. Sometimes getting those thoughts and words on the paper to begin the review is like pulling teeth!
Currency and relevance of the literature cited
I didn't review any "classic" studies in the literature review. I read a lot about early gamification, but honestly didn't find anything at the time of writing that I found foundational. Most of the studies were very recent studies or were studies that examined a particular niche. I'm not so sure how well I did on explaining the strengths and weaknesses. I may have to review that yet again in the next day.
Thoroughness and accuracy of the literature reviewed
I reviewed numerous articles, many that were not even included in the literature review. As I reviewed, some author's names kept reappearing or were quoted in other studies, These triggered to me the importance of those authors as they are active in the field. I also tried to examine the study well to make sure the researchers took precautions for mitigating possible issues in their study.
Coherence and flow of the path of the argument
I struggled with this at first. This was a big part of my revision, making sure that the topics flowed well from one to the other. I don't know that it is perfect, but it is definitely better than the first draft.
Effectiveness of the Conclusion
This is one area I have gone over multiple times and don't know that I am ever fully satisfied with it. I met with someone recently to get help on my prospectus for my dissertation and she said, "Tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell the the information, then remind them of what you told them." I'm now trying to make sure I have done that well.
Accuracy of citations and the reference list
I have spent a good amount of time checking APA back and forth in the manual for the smallest details about the reference list. I really hope it is right, but I just never feel 100% sure about APA.
Mechanics and overall accuracy of the manuscript
I have checked and rechecked for typos, grammatical errors, spacing and format. I run spell check as I am writing and also use the grammarly plugin to review my work as well. For the formatting, I set up a template for all assignments according to the FCE guidelines and use that same template each time so I don't have to worry about whether or not the margins are correct each time etc. Hopefully nothing has been changed accidentally.
Appropriateness of style and language usage
I got some good feedback for this from my reviewers. Not my class reviewer actually, but I had multiple other people review my paper and one really commented about some parts that were confusing due to the way I had it worded. I concentrated on those area a little extra during the revisions.
This is one of the areas that I find to be hard, yet there is no excuse for not getting it right. I can read my paper many times, and it seems each time I will find one silly little grammatical mistake. It may be a subject verb agreement, or then instead of than etc. Grammarly plugin is wonderful for the main grammatical issues. I love that it even wants to correct the titles in the reference list.
Additional editing steps for non-native English speakers and students with serious writing difficulties
Fortunately this doesn't really apply to me, but I have had the opportunity to help some colleagues that have English as their second language. I try to help point out some of these issues that are easy traps for them.
Author: Keri Duncan
This is a blog created as a requirement for my dissertation. In different classes, there have been different requirements but hopefully it will provide good thought and discussion as I progress through the dissertation process.