The introduction to the language primer on NewsU, which went into a lot of detail, but did not present the data very well.
NewsU has always been a little hit and miss for me. Some I like, some I don't as much, but I always seem to learn from the assessments at the end.
In the case of the Language Primer module however, I noticed yet another poor trend in the modules I have accessed this year. The module was long, dense and tedious to read. That being said, I still was motivated to read through it, since there were assessments at the end.
Then, after just trying one of the assessments to see how much I had to study, I receive a passing 84% on the 50 question test. What that told me is that I didn't need to read the whole thing.
Then, I went back to think about trying another one of the assessments. It occurred to me that I should check if the module saved my completion of the grammar quiz first however. To my dismay, they didn't.
NewsU is a useful tool and it's backed by the Poynter Institute, which is supposed to be the organization that determines good journalism. I get all that. But some of these quizzes just seem like a waste of time to me.
I wish that they would present the quizzes in a more graphically appealing fashion. More pictures, links, and activities, like some of the early modules I did for JOUR 1100 last semester, would boost my interest and learning.
I'm getting tired of doing these tedious quizzes, and it's about time that we either