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Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia

Academic and Research Vice-rector


Activity 3 - Writing assignment

1. General description of the course

Faculty or Vicerrectoría de Relaciones Internacionales


Academic Unit
Academic Level Professional, specialization, master
Academic Field Common basic interdisciplinary training
Course Name English IV
Course Code 90170
Course Type Methodological Can be re- yes ☐ No ☒
opened
Number of Credits 2

2. Description of the activity

Type of the Number


Individual ☐ Collaborative ☒ 5
activity: of weeks
Intermediate,
Moment of Unit: 2 -
Initial ☐ ☒ Final ☐
evaluation: Hypothetical
situations
Delivery Environment: Monitoring
Evaluative score: 95
and Evaluation
Starting date: February 22nd,
Closing date: April 3rd, 2018
2018
Competence to develop:
The student is able to understand the main points of clear texts, which
are familiar to him, either in work or study situations and uses reading
as a source of enjoyment and personal enrichment.
Topics to develop:

Is the future of human race threatened by technology?


Technology became an essential part of our lives; nowadays few can
imagine living without it. Much has been achieved with the help of
technology, for example, we have the possibility to travel abroad, keep
in touch with friends on the other side of the earth and cure many
illnesses. Technological development means more freedom and choices
for humans, but at the same time we observe social imbalance,
weapons of mass destruction and exploitation of natural resources. The
environmental damage caused by technology is irrevocable, but we can
still determine what kind of future we want to leave to the next
generations.
Do you think we are destroying on what we depend? Do you think there
is still a solution? If so, what could it be?
Steps, phases of the learning strategy to develop:
Central task - Writing assignment - Production
Phase 1: Students work in collaborative groups.
Phase 2: Students present a written text.
Phase 3: Students give feedback and reflection on the task.
Activities to carry out:
Step 1
Introduce yourself, choose and accomplish a role (you can see each role
above).

Step 2
Each student writes a 15 to 20 sentences paragraph directly in the
forum (please do not attach files, so your mates and tutor can easily
read your ideas) about the topic described below. The paragraph must
be an original composition using the student’s own words. Extracts from
webpages, other authors or books will not be allowed.

Step 3
Start to participate weeks ahead the deadline, so you can have a
discussion. Last days contributions might not be included in the final
paper.
Environment
for the Collaborative Learning
development
Collaborative:
Upload the Final Document in PDF or Word format with
following information:
Products to
deliver by
1. First page: complete name, CEAD and academic
student
program.
2. Include the contributions from all the students who
participated in the discussion.
General guidelines for the collaborative work

Planning of
activities for
the
Each student has to write at least 3 interventions in
development
order to accomplish the selected role.
of
collaborative
work
Roles to Each student has to write at least two significant and
perform by objective comments regarding the opinions of other
the student members of the group.
in the
collaborative The comments should remark mistakes, aspects to
group improve and contribute to the debate.
Collector: Articulate the contributions of all the
participants of the collaborative group in order to
consolidate the final paper; including only those who
took part of the whole process.

Reviewer: To verify that the final paper and process


meet all the requirements stipulated by the teacher.

Evaluator: To verify that the final paper meets the


criteria stipulated by the rubric. The evaluator must
Roles and
inform the group about any corrections or adjustments
responsibiliti
regarding the quality of the document.
es for the
delivery of
Submissions: To keep track and inform the group
products
about the submission time, upload the final paper on
time, using the link provided by the teacher or
stipulated by the activity guide. To notify the group
members the final paper was submitted.

Alerts: To notify all the group members about changes


or news related to the submission or elaboration of the
final paper. To notify the teacher through the
collaborative forum and the course messaging that the
final paper was submitted.
Use of It is necessary to use the APA standards in order to
references provide a bibliography of the sources cited in the
document.
According to Diccionario de la Real Academia Española
“Plagiarism is the action of substantially copying other
people's works, presenting them as own creation."
Therefore, plagiarism is a serious offense; academically
speaking it is equivalent to theft. A student who
plagiarizes does not take his education seriously, and
does not respect the intellectual work of others.

There is no small plagiarism. Using any portion of


another person's work, without acknowledging the
author or source is plagiarism. Now, it is evident that
we all take some ideas from others when it comes to
presenting ours, and that our knowledge is based on
someone else’s knowledge. But when we rely on the
Plagiarism
work of others, academic honesty requires that we
policy
explicitly announce the fact that we are using an
external source, either by citing or by paraphrasing
(these terms will be defined below). When we cite or
paraphrase, we clearly identify our source, not only to
give recognition to its author, but also to allow the
reader to look up in a reference text.

There are certain academic events in which it is not


acceptable to quote or paraphrase the work of others.
For instance, if a teacher assigns his or her students a
task in which they are clearly required to answer using
their own ideas and words, then the student should not
consider external sources regardless if they are
properly referenced.

4. Evaluation rubric
Evaluation rubric
Activity Individual Collaborative
☐ ☒
type: Activity Activity
Intermediate,
Moment of
Unit: 2 -
the Initial ☐ ☒ Final ☐
Hypothetical
evaluation
situations
Performance levels of the collaborative
Assessed
activity Score
Aspect
High score Media score Low score
The
participations There is
are relevant, minimum
articulated and participation in
contribute to the writing
There is no
the forum, besides it
Participatio evidence of
construction of neither meets
n participation in
the final the requirements 25
& the forum.
document. The of the guide and
interaction
contributions schedule nor the
are posted netiquette
according to standards.
the schedule.
(Up to 25 (Up to 15 (Up to 0
points) points) points)
The written The
outcome grammatical
contains some structures
The proper use
grammatical used are
of grammar
inconsistencies simple, they
shows a good
Use of and the do not match
knowledge of 15
grammar simplicity of the the difficulty
the structures.
sentences show level according
difficulties in the to the contents
structures. of the course.
(Up to 15 (Up to 5 (Up to 0
points) points) points)
The document
The written
shows The ideas and
final document
inconsistencies sentences
contains a
in the written in the
proper
organization and document look
construction of
construction of disorganized,
sentences and
Coherence ideas; however, they are not 20
paragraphs,
the objective or articulated, or
making use of
main point of do not have a
logical
view is clear objective.
connectors.
understandable.
(Up to 20 (Up to 10 (Up to 0
points) points) points)
Although the
The final vocabulary used
document in the final The vocabulary
contains wide document is very limited
variety of matches the and does not
words which difficulty level match the
are used according to the difficulty level
35
Vocabulary coherently, contents of the according to
with course, it is the contents of
appropriate limited and has the course.
spelling. some spelling
mistakes.
(Up to 35 (Up to 10 (Up to 0
points) points) points)
Final score 95