Research Paper or Project (400 pts)

Students examine a specific research topic or develop a creative project that is of interest to the student and integrally connected to the themes and issues explored in this course. You propose a specific topic with an action plan in an email to the instructor. With approval, you may present your work in alternative formats. As a culminating activity, you will be required to compose a Ignite presentation (pecha kucha) that describes your paper or project and post it online.

OPTION 1. RESEARCH PAPER. Here I am looking for a paper that could be presented at an academic conference. You acquire knowledge on a topic of interest to you by reading deeply and widely and then offer your unique interpretation of what you’re learning in a written form. If you choose to write a research paper, you’ll conduct research to acquire expertise on the topic and write a scholarly paper (15 – 25 pages) describing what you’ve learned, connecting your focus topic to issues explored in the course.

OPTION 2. If you choose to develop a creative project, you’ll submit a creative project with a detailed pre-production notebook that frames your work in the context of issues explored in the class.

OPTION 3. If you choose to develop a school/community project, you’ll submit a detailed planning document that describes your aims, goals, and process of developing the initiative, with work plan, timetable, and assessment components.

OPTION 4. The world is your oyster. Be creative and collaborative and sell me an idea.

Criteria for Evaluation

1. My work substantially relates to the topics, ideas and issues explored in this course and I am able to make connections to show direct relevance. The content and format are appropriate for graduate-level work.

2. My work enables me to develop one or more of the core learning outcomes for this course.

3. The work has strong content and is coherent, creative and complete. It uses conventions of the genre/form appropriately and is professional and polished.

Intermediate Deadlines

Email: March 5. A work plan that outlines your idea.

Status Report: April 2. A brief update on your progress and focus.

Ignite Presentation: April 23. A 5 minute video screencast video with 20 PPT slides (15 seconds each) and voiceover. Learn more about the expectations of an Ignite Presentation.

Final Paper/Project DUE: May 5. Posted to your blog and tweeted to #LSC530 with a URL

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