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Week 11

Posted by admin on Mon 30 of Nov., 2009 19:41 MST

Tuesday

  • Copy edit proposals and submit
  • PrimaryResearchAims?, for Mock_interview? and/or mock_survey_?.
  • In-class Outlining; post to the blog. See also Curious Researcher pp. 201-207.
Assignment: Post outline to blog.

Thursday

  • Review MLA-Citation process and format
    • Complete and edit entries in your working bibliography
    • Post to blog AND keep a copy as a word file


Assignment: Take notes on sources. Conduct fieldwork if applicable.

Upcoming: Complete draft will be due Dec. 1st! Early assignments will receive a 5% bonus. Late assignments will be penalized AND you will reduce your time for getting feedback and revising

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Week 10

Posted by admin on Wed 11 of Nov., 2009 22:38 MST

Week 10

Deadline - !! ResearchProposal - Due Tuesday - 11/10

Tuesday

Assignment: Complete sections 2. Abstract, 5. Source Review, and 6. Working Bibliography

Thursday

  1. Topic Clarity and Focus: (Title, Abstract) The topic is clearly identified, narrowed with an appropriately specific research question.
  2. Source Use: (Fieldwork, Source Review) Gathered materials represent an appropriate range of source types (article, book, scholarly, non-scholarly, etc.) and conversations (consumers, creators, scholars, marketers, etc.). Projected sources promise to give adequate materials for answering the proposed research question.
  3. Bibliography: Sources are listed in correctly and completely using MLA format.



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Week 9

Posted by admin on Wed 11 of Nov., 2009 22:38 MST

Week 9

Tuesday

  • Create a PAGE on your blog entitled "Working Bibliography"
  • Searching - looking at your abstract, reflect on the kinds of information you expect to need, or specific questions you must get answered
    • make a list of the kinds of information and likely sources
    • begin searching: books, journals, open and closed web.
    • using Zotero or not, begin to organize your potential sources; paste these in rough MLA format to your "Working Bibliography" on the blog.
  • Find at least five sources for your working bibliography (posted as a page on your blog)
  • Using an online guide like MLA Citation from OWL print guide, or bibliographic tool like Zotero, try to format the entries in MLA format.

Assignment: Continue searching for an appropriate range and variety of sources. Your working bibliography should reflect ten sources next class. Remember to search the library catalog and the closed web of library journals in databases, not just google the open web.

ResearchProposal


Thursday

  • Working with Sources
    • Do you have a good range of types and a mix of 'conversations'?
      • Review GroupingSources ; post to your blog
      • If you have a range of types, then it is time to evaluate the sources to make sure they will be workable - both reliable and relevant
      • EvaluatingSources Worksheet?; post evaluations of at least 5 sources to your blog.
  • Continued searching; if you do not yet have a range and mix of sources, please ACCELERATE your searching. You should have at least 10 good sources in your working bibliography by next class. If you do not, seek help from your teacher and/or a reference librarian.
  • Discussion of Fieldwork: Fieldwork Brainstorming.

Assignment: Post another revision of your abstract if necessary, paying special attention to the possible need for adjusting your research question. Continuine searching and identifying sources for Working Bibliography, which should be posted as a page on your blog. Separately, post one or more ideas about fieldwork to your blog.




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Week 8

Posted by admin on Wed 11 of Nov., 2009 22:37 MST

Tuesday

  • Finish review of library / closed-web searching
  • Inclass - brainstorm and post to blog
    • Developing the topic for the longer essay - Conversations to research questions. Your brainstorming may include open web searches.
Assignment:
For thursday: read and blog on this: From_Conversation_to_Research_Question


Thursday

  • Considering the abstract: what are key elements?
    • A scholarly model The Facebook Project-Performance and Construction of Digital Identity, an MA Thesis by Jeff Ginger
    • ElementsOfAnAbstractFall2009
    • Post a draft abstract to your blog. You'll have the chance to revise this later. But we'll use it to begin the search for additional sources relevant to your topic.
    • Peer commenting - leave a reflective comment on your own and two classmates' abstracts.
    • Five-minute Revision - compose a new post, "Abstract - first revision" and paste in the old content. Then spend five minutes adding, shuffling, and cutting.

Assignment Five-minute Revision - Review the comments of your classmates; compose a new post, "Abstract - Take 2" and paste in the old content. Then spend five minutes adding, shuffling, and cutting. Try to make this an alternate take or remix, explore a different road, sequence, question, or justification. Then we'll see which works better for you.




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Week 7

Posted by admin on Mon 26 of Oct., 2009 19:41 MDT

Tuesday


Thursday

No class meeting
Alternate activity: Review Curious Researcher pp. 62-80. Look ahead to the ResearchProposal. Blog post - deciding whether to extend or change your research area. You should address how the question will be developed or expanded if you're keeping with the mini essay; or look to the mini essay topic readings, to orient towards a new topic.



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Week 6

Posted by admin on Mon 19 of Oct., 2009 21:01 MDT

Week 6

Tuesday

HW: readParry's Science Progress article on Wikipedia.

Thursday

HW: none today




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Week 5

Posted by admin on Wed 07 of Oct., 2009 20:17 MDT

Week 5

Tuesday

  • Review of IncorporatingSources; how and when to summarize, paraphrase, and quote directly
  • In-class revision
    • Working with your draft and chosen sources; identify passages for inclusion; change the mode of incorporation for accuracy and persuasive effect.
    • Post a revised draft to your blog.

HW: Post a revised draft to your blog.

Thursday

  • Curious Researcher on "Controlling Quotations" (pp. 211-)
  • In-class revision / Consulting with the Prof. — questions about your essay?
    • Using this revision guide, swap computers with two classmates; read and use the "comment" function to suggest improvements to their drafts.
    • Read comments left for you; compare; reflect; ask questions; then post your "Revision plan" to your blog.
  • Review Mini-essay format

HW: Print final draft for submission Tuesday. Due in class. We will copy-edit in pen/pencil then submit them.




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Week 4

Posted by admin on Mon 05 of Oct., 2009 21:50 MDT

Week 4

Looking Ahead
Following the completion of this background work, each of you will choose a general topic area from those surveyed, and then define a question worth exploring in that area and drawing mostly from the sources already collected. You should begin thinking about this now!
As you prepare to embark on the miniessay, I would like to highlight a dozen pages in the beginning of the Curious Researcher which you might read: "Thinking Like an Academic Writer..." through "'It's just my opinion'" pp. 10-16; "What is a Good Topic" pp. 35-39, "Developing a Working Knowledge" p. 39, and "Narrowing the Subject" pp. 47-52.

Mini Essay
You should begin to choose (or frame) a question suggested by one of the group readings and compose a mini-essay draft. Here are some of the guidelines you can use: Mini-Essay_Assignment, MiniEssayDraftingGuide. You will product a draft, then we will devote part of the class to in-class revision and an exercise onIncorporatingSources. The "final draft" will be copy edited in class. With this assignment, it is acceptable for you to use the sources identified; following this, you will learn how to locate and evaluate your sources individually.


Tuesday


HW: Towards the mini-essay
Propose a title and defined research question for your mini-essay. Post to your blog. (This may be derived from an area on which you have already worked, or you may choose another area from Additional Readings.

Thursday

  • MiniEssayDraftingGuide
    • Assess your working research question; comment on two classmates' blogs; revise your question if possible; if you make changes, create a new post "revised question."
  • In-class writing
    • Make a basic outline
    • Select supporting details from your sources.
    • Begin drafting
Note - You can shift your topic today if you like, but you need to work through the steps of developing the question and outline. You must have your topic solidified for the draft due next week.

HW
Post a 400-word draft to your blog for Tuesday. We will revise and submit a final the following week. You will receive feedback from the instructor and classmates. Late drafts will not be credited!


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Week Three

Posted by admin on Mon 21 of Sept., 2009 21:01 MDT

Tuesday

  • Class presentations - WorkspaceMcLuhan_Class_Sythesis_Fall2009
  • Open Discussion - Further Inquiry / Lines_of_research McLuhan? _invites?
  • Towards the mini-essay; work with articles from digital topic streams, towards development of a research question.

HW: Again, select a single reading from the Additional Readings above; choose one from the second section. Read it and blog; your post should include a 1-2 paragraph summary; then set out some questions for further inquiry and research. We will discuss several of these on Thursday.

Thursday

  • Final presentation - Mc Luhan
  • Discuss - IS There a Digital Generation Readings Discussion-DigitalGeneration
    1. What are the most important or compelling things this article teaches you or claims?
    2. Are they facts, observations, reasoned conclusions, or opinions?
    3. What makes it forceful or persuasive?
    4. What is something confusing or unclear about the piece?
    5. What is one open question left by your reading?
    • Review your individual posts
    • Class synthesis - Digital_Generation-Questions_For_Inquiry_and_Research?
  • Discuss - The End of Books?
    • Class synthesis - End of Books- Questions_For_Inquiry_and_Research?


HW: Individually, choose one section (4 - 10) from the remaining Additional Readings. Read at least three (3) of the linked articles. Post to your blog an sentence-length summaries of each of the articles, and a paragraph synthesis.


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Week 2

Posted by admin on Mon 14 of Sept., 2009 20:55 MDT

Looking ahead: Following Labor Day, we will conclude our work with Mc Luhan by synthesizing our class concepts, then producing a collective overview of the book on this wiki. Next we'll move on to reading short articles, practicing summary and critical evaluation.

Week Two


Tuesday
  • Set Username and password on the wiki
  • Group photographs - Groups-Fall2009
  • Reformat (indiv.) 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; finally, tag it "mcluhan-quote"; SampleMcLuhanEntry
  • Refactoring (class)- Paste and regroup students' blog entries on Mc Luhan concepts and claims;
  • Concepts - (groups) Choose a single concept or claim from the McLuhan_Class_Sythesis_Fall2009to develop as an informative Wikipedia-like entry (example). Discuss and begin writing, editing, and seeking additional sources if necessary. Extra credit for any group who submits and has their "Key Concept" accepted by the wikipedia page
  • 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 move towards a presentation for class. Add a quotation. Add a paragraph of explanation. Reorder paragraphs, etc. Use the comment feature on your groups' page if you're thinking about a change but aren't sure.

Thursday

  • Prepare Wikipages for Oral Presentations Tuesday


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HW
Select a single reading from the first Additional Readings 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.




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