Friday, November 30, 2007


Overall, I was very pleased with the class. I was nervous going into it because I had never taken an online course before, but once I figured out how to do everything, I enjoyed it very much. The parts of the course that were successful for me were the lectures, the readings, and the blogs. One part that was unsuccessful for me was the discussion board because I felt like there should be more discussion.

I learned many things this semester about writing essays. One major thing I learned was how to do a counterargument and rebuttal. I also learned how to add more audience appeal throughout the essay and how to make the introduction more interesting.

I feel that this course has met most of my expectations. I feel that I have improved my writing overall, have learned to organize my ideas in a successful way, and I have improved on stating my ideas clearly throughout the essay. Overall, I am happy with the class!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Evaluating Criteria

Evaluating criteria is very important in everyday life. It helps us make educated decisions, whether it be life changing decisions or a simple everyday decisions. If we did not evaluate criteria, we would end up doing a lot of things we would regret or did not want to do because we did not think it through before doing it.

I evaluated criteria when I had to make a decision on whether I should try out for the BGSU softball team. The criteria that I evaluated was 1.) Will the school offer support if I am struggling in my studies while playing softball? 2.) Will the team accept a player who has a temporary injury (since I had an injury at the time) ? and 3.) How do the players handle their school work when they are on the road? I also had to evaluate my own personal thoughts and decide whether I loved the sport enough to put that much time and commitment into it. If I did not evaluate all of this criteria, I would have made an uninformed choice and may have chose the wrong thing.

Friday, November 9, 2007

TV Show!

If I were to make a tv show about essay 4 it would be a reality show. I would have a group of 10 people and observe them doing different things, such as playing violent video games. Then there would be a video camera where they could just go and talk to about why they did certain things. Then we could see all the causes of why people do certain things and determine the most plausible causes.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Speculating Causes

I think speculating causes for certain things is very important. It helps us understand why something happens and lets us look at all the possible causes. If you just look at just one cause or the most obvious cause for a certain trend or event, you are limiting yourself to fully understanding why that certain trend or event occurred. Also, it is not good to assume that the most obvious cause for something happening is the only cause and the most accurate. It might not be a cause at all and then you would have completely misinterpreted the whole trend or event.

Speculating causes in the "real world" can be very useful because people can come up with solutions to disastrous events. For example, if there was a school shooting, officials would want to come up with all the possible causes for why the shooting occurred. They might come up with that the shooter played too many violent video games, had a grudge against a certain student, or was mentally unstable. If officials can come up with possible causes, they might be able to come up with solutions to prevent the next shooting.