Week 7

1.   Read your peers’ methods to Making a Difference project and leave comments for each of the peers in your peer group:
  • Go to the Making a Difference folder in CI Docs and click on your peer’s draft.
  • Leave comments by using what is called the 2 stars and one wish approach. Stars are positive – leave 2 positive comments; a wish is an improvement you would like to see or in this case, a helpful idea you want to share with your peer – leave 1 improvement comment. 
2.   Read your peers’ log #8 then review your peers’ draft of You Ought to Know and leave comments for each of the peers in your peer group:
  • Go to the You Ought to Know folder in CIDocs and click on the link to your peer’s draft. Review the document with your peer’s questions from log #8 in mind.
  • Return to your peer’s log and leave comments for him/her that address the questions/issues your peer identified as wanting feedback on.
  • If your peer gives you little or no direction, use the 2 stars and a wish approach. It’s always a safe bet.
3.   Making a Difference Timeline, Budget, Works Cited and Statement of Purpose due.

Timeline description:

List general dates for the initiation and completion of each phase of the project. The project should be completed in one academic year (August – May) or less.

Budget and Justification description:

List all personnel, materials, laboratory supplies, equipment, travel expenses, and the like that will be required to complete the project, with the estimated cost of each item. Provide a short justification for each category requested. Most of the funding should be used to support your research and reporting activities.

Works Cited description:

The proposal must include a minimum of 4 outside sources cited in the text in MLA format and a works cited section at the end of the proposal, which is also in MLA format.

Where to post your timeline, budget and justification, and works cited:

Post the timeline, the budget and justification and the works cited section following your methods from last week.

Statement of Purpose description:

In a clear, concise 100- to 200-word summary description of the proposed project, briefly identify objectives, methods to be employed, and the significance of the research.

STOP: Before you draft the statement of purpose, re-read the project. Find the sentences that are already in the project that address what is being asked for in the statement of purpose. Put those sentences together in a paragraph. Revise to give it flow and make it readable.

Where to post your statement of purpose

Post the statement of purpose in front of the introduction. It begins the project, even though it was drafted last.

4. Log #9: Midsemester assessment

Write a two-page (minimum), double-spaced personal essay where you look back over the first half of the semester and attempt to identify what you have learned thus far.

  • Address both assignments, Making a Difference and You Ought to Know, and what you have learned thus far from researching and writing them.
  • Address your log and what it has taught you as you wrote and explored different topics (analyzing assignments, audience, research, writing for the web) in this less formal format.
  • Address your peer review experiences thus far and what you have learned from working with your peers collectively and individually.
  • Address the online environment this class takes place in and how it has had impacted you and your learning. What have you learned about yourself as a self-learner? Do you need to take any steps to be a stronger self-learner?
  • Make note of any other ideas, thoughts, concerns you would like to share with me. I look forward to reading your reflections and responding to them.

Note: This is the final log before I grade it. If any of your work was late or incomplete, I encourage you to finish it now, prior to this week’s deadline. You will still be penalized but completing any missing work will improve your grade.

All work is due Friday at 9 AM Pacific Daylight Time.