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Week 5

Posted by admin on Thu 02 of July, 2009 10:59 MDT

Current Work:Research Essay Expectations

Follow MLA format for paper layout and citation, except that you should create an un-numbered cover page with: "Title Of Your Essay, Your Name, Today's Date, English 202 Su09 - Prof. Sherwood" on separate lines, centered.

Deadlines:

  • Proposal - Weds. June 24
  • Draft (8pp) - Mon. June 29
  • Final Draft - Thurs. July 2
  • Cover Letter for BlogPortfolio Written In-class - Thurs. July 2

Week 5

Monday

  • Draft
    • Proofread draft;
    • Check MLA format of Works Cited entries
  • Fieldwork
  • Source Review - Range, reliability, and extent
    • Look at the Map of Sources. Do you have an appropriate mix of types (including scholarly, including some books, etc.)?
HW:
Evaluate last-minute research needs. Post a "Source Review" entry to the blog. What questions remain or what kinds of information do you still lack? Are there any conversations you identified two weeks ago that you still have not tapped? Are there any points your draft tries to make on the basis of slim evidence or an unreliable source? How will you address the needs? (POST SEARCH RESULTS AS WELL)

Tuesday

  • Revising
    • Review comments on drafts Comment codes
    • Post to blog: "My revision plan"
    • Consult with Prof.

HW:
Revise, Revise, Revise

Wednesday

  • Open writing workshop:
    • Bring your working revisions, on paper;
    • Bring specific, written questions!

HW:
Be prepared to write cover letter.
Post your final version, as a "page", to your blog before Thursday 1pm class.

Thursday

  • Turn in Final Research essay WITH rough draft
  • Take Sherwood's blogging survey
  • Complete in-class cover letter for yourBlogPortfolio; post this to your blog as "PORTFOLIO COVER LETTER" and double check that it has published.


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Week 4

Posted by admin on Mon 29 of June, 2009 08:25 MDT

Monday

HW
Post a draft abstract to your blog.

Tuesday - Research Proposal - Summer 2009

  • Abstracts - 40min
    • Purpose of /Questions about/ trouble with the Abstract
    • AbstractPeerRevision|Comment on two classmates' abstracts
    • Read the comments left for your draft abstract; Post an "abstract revisions" note to yourself, listing the steps you will take to improve it.
  • Working Titles - 15 min
  • Fieldwork Brainstorming - 30 min
  • Source Review/Conversations - 15 min

HW
Complete your proposal. Print a copy to submit on Wednesday

Wednesday

You need a MIX of reliable sources; do you have a good RANGE? Remember our discussion of Types of Sources ?

HW
Post notes for at least four sources

Thursday

  • Proposal review
    • Post a self-analysis of your proposal based on comments; title it "towards a focused draft"
  • Continued note-taking and/or drafting
  • Drafting Tips
    • Don't revise, yet!
    • Post a simple outline, then the main points as subheadings in your paper;
    • Extract quotations, compose summaries and paraphrases from sources; compile these in a single word file; then sequence or group under category headings and have these "materials" ready as you draft.
  • In-class drafting / consulting
  • Consult with Prof. about individual challenges
DRAFT DUE AT 1pm MONDAY, on paper and posted. 7-8pp.
See DraftChecklist
Reminder Using the IUP Library and using databases from off campus with VPN

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Week Three

Posted by admin on Sun 21 of June, 2009 19:45 MDT

Monday

  • Review strategies for IncorporatingSources
  • In-class revision
    • What is revision? (not editing)
    • Using the revision guide, read, discuss, and respond in writing to your classmates' drafts.
    • Leave a summary "comment" on the draft in posted to your classmate's blog.
  • Self-revision
    • Compose a blog entry with the subject "revision plan";
    • work on appropriate, varied use of different methods of source incorporation.
HW
Revise draft and print out. Due Tuesday.

Tuesday


Wednesday

HW

Begin brainstorming and searching for your main research paper using these guidelines:From_Topic_To_Conversations. Post to your blog.


Thursday

Proposal will be due on Wednesday. Get a head start this weekend.

  • Finish review ofIUP-Library Scavenger Hunt; searching questions?
  • Review your mini-essay. Ask me for help deciphering and use the comment codes
  • Towards research topics:
    • Review and comment on 2 classmates' blogs
    • Discussion and questions aboutFrom_Topic_To_Conversations
    • Knowledge of conversations leads to better searches, leads to sharper research questions
    • ? Inclass searching


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Week Two

Posted by admin on Mon 15 of June, 2009 07:14 MDT

Monday

HW
Select a single reading from the second digital topic stream above; read it and blog; your post should include a 1-2 paragraph summary; then set out some questions for further inquiry and research.
http://sherwood.iupdhc.org/researchwiki/tiki-index.php?page=Topic+Stream+Readings

Tuesday

  • Finish Digital Education presentations: Naimah's OLPC and Caitlin's "Dream Machines" - 15 min
  • Two Ways to Improve - 15 min
    • Summaries - Look to analyze or take-apart the reading in terms of key, interlocking claims or points of information; reduce complexity by expressing these, in bulleted form; omit unrelated or tangential aspects.
    • Questions - Identify avenues for further research by looking for: claims needing confirmation; incomplete or suggestive avenues; application in different situations; updating for changes in time; neglected dimensions ... Avoid simplistic right/wrong...
    • Class Sample - Obama article, Obama Summary and Questions.
  • Form groups and Prepare to Present: Group-Synthesis-Stream02 - 15 min
  • Stream 02 presentations -Weiner, Boyd, Rheingold, Jenkins?, Pew?, Turkle, Jenkins2, Levine, Cooper? - 50min
  • Refactoring - Research Options in Digital Education and Networked Identity - 10 min
HW
Select a single reading from the third digital Topic Stream Readings; read it and blog; your post should include a 1-2 paragraph summary; then set out just one key question for further inquiry and research. This time, please also write several sentences explaining where this question comes from and why you think it might be a useful direction to take.
Third-Topic-Stream-Signup-List

Wednesday

HW
Select a single reading from the fourth digital Topic Stream Readings and sign-up on the Fourth-Topic-Stream-Signup-List; read it and blog; your post should include a 1-2 paragraph summary; then set out just one key question for further inquiry and research. This time, please also write several sentences explaining where this question comes from and why you think it might be a useful direction to take.
Fourth-Topic-Stream-Signup-List

Thursday

  • Prepare article entries - Group-Synthesis-Stream04 - 20 min
  • Presentations - 45 min
  • Refactoring-Streams-03and04? - 15min
  • Drafting the mini-essay - 20min
HW
Choose a question, then compose an explanatory essay of 400-600 words incorporating information from at least one source. Post to your blog and bring a printed copy.

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Week 1

Posted by admin on Wed 03 of June, 2009 15:43 MDT

Monday

  • Review of Syllabus and the "digital culture" theme
  • Overview of IUP Blogs
    • First post: Digital Inventory - What are the ways in which you have interacted with digital technology today. List and describe.
    • Review and discuss classmates' inventories: here.
  • Introduction to McLuhan: PDFs
Homework
Reading through section 2 of Mc Luhan PDFs; Post to your personal blog - discussing one issue McLuhan? raises that seems to have continued relevance today. Access the reserve readings as "student"; you need the free Adobe PDF reader to view or print the files Download here.

Tuesday

  • Visit group pages; read groupmates' posts and comment
  • General Class Discussion of Mc Luhan:
    • book format
    • some key "claims" or assertions
    • questions and puzzles
  • Close reading (choose a passage): Facts, claims/assertions, concepts, inferences...
Homework
Finish reading Mc Luhan's Medium is the Massage. Reflect on your reading, reread a single page, and identify one significant claim or concept; provide a quotation and an explanation on your blog.

Wednesday

  • Students - Reformat your blog post, so that it begins with a short phrase standing for the concept or claim; follow it, on a separate line, with a quotation (page number in parentheses), followed by your name, then begin your discussion or commentary as a new paragraph. SampleMcLuhanEntry
  • Class - Refactoringstudents' blog entries on Mc Luhan concepts and claims;
    • Combine to avoid overlap
    • Group like items
    • Revise to clarify or make connections
  • Groups - Choose a single concept or claim from the McLuhan_Class_Sythesisto develop as an informative Wikipedia-like entry (example). Discuss and begin writing, editing, and seeking additional sources if necessary.
      • Wiki workspace: McLuhan_Wikipedia_Entries?
  • For your amusement - Medium is the Massage, Audio Remix circa 19 http://www.ubu.com/sound/mcluhan.html
Homework
Edit your group page in order to present it on Thursday's class. Use the comment feature on your groups' if you're thinking about a change but aren't sure.

Thursday

  • Presenting Mc Luhan concepts
    • Pictures
    • Final group edits (15 minutes) / group pictures
    • Oral presentations to class
  • Open Discussion - Further Inquiry / Lines_of_research McLuhan? _invites?
  • Preview of Digital Topic Streams for next week
    • pick one article from Stream01: Education and The Digital Generation
    • See my SampleMcLuhanEntry for format.
HW
Select a single reading from the first digital topic stream above; read it and blog; your post should include a 1-2 paragraph summary; then set out some questions for further inquiry and research. You will post it to your blog; see my SampleMcLuhanEntry for format.



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