Welcome to the active presentation discussion.
For this assignment, you will be exploring your topic/question from the Research Proposal and Preliminary Bibliography (Module 3). You will also start reading and thinking about the sources you found in that project. Your purposes for the presentation are primarily to explore and to question. Above all, resist closure and avoid making an argument or taking a final stance on your issue. (You will get to do that in the final project of the semester.) You should have opinions and reactions to your sources, but you should not settle your entire research question yet.
This assignment will not result in a single, polished opinion on your topic, as that is what your portfolio project is intended to be. Rather, you will use one of the following options to present to your peers as an evolving presentation:
Video Blog with presentation and voiceover
Part 1: Initial Post
Read your instructor’s initial post in this forum.
Post your PowerPoint, Prezi, or video blog to the discussion forum. Address the following in your presentation:
Reintroduce your topic and research questions: reuse elements of your Research Proposal here, but keep it brief, i.e. one paragraph. Be sure to note your thesis.
Summarize and respond to two of your research sources.
Provide a direct hyperlink when you first introduce the source and an APA citation at the end of your post.
Use APA in-text citations for any quotations, or paraphrases. It is best to start paraphrasing your sources here.
Pose exploratory questions about your source.
Keep your own perspective open-ended and exploratory. Don’t commit to a “side” or a stance yet; consider the issue from multiple angles.
If you choose the video blog, post reference information directly in the forum.
Part 2: Response
Summarize and respond to at least two of your peer’s responses.
Provide commentary or a direct hyperlink to another source that might help them with their topic.
When you first introduce the source add an APA citation at the end of your post. Use APA in-text citations for any quotations, or paraphrases. It is best to start paraphrasing your sources here.
Aim for a source that offers a different opinion, perspective, or bias from the source they provided.
Pose exploratory questions for your peer(s) to consider.
A successful presentation will do the following:
Explores a narrow research topic/question throughout blog
Raises and explores additional, exploratory questions about the sources and related to the initial inquiry
Avoids rhetorical questions, i.e. questions with implied answers or that hint at a persuasive purpose
Shows an evolving thought process, “undecided” or open-mind, and willingness to keep questioning
Incorporates research from at least 4 credible sources from different perspectives
Cites sources in APA style and utilizes signal phrases to create a conversation with sources
Acknowledges and responds to peer comments
Employs links, non-copyrighted images, and possibly videos that relate to the research inquiry
Acknowledges sources for quotations, paraphrases, images, videos, etc.
Uses first-person (“I”) to create a personal, narrative style
Does not distract the reader or interfere with clarity because of errors in punctuation, mechanics, or spelling.
Your initial posting should be 250-500-words and must be submitted by Thursday, midnight (MT), of this week. By Sunday at midnight (MT), respond to two or more of your classmates’ initial posts in one of the following ways:
Build on something interesting or provocative that your classmate wrote.
Explain why and how you see things differently.
Ask a probing or clarifying question.
Share your understanding of your classmate’s posting in your words.
Offer and support an opinion with peer-reviewed sources or industry best practices.
Expand on your classmate’s posting by providing constructive feedback.
Keep in mind that you’re expected to engage critically and not editorially (this is important to remember when we’re discussing “hot” or controversial topics). Work to demonstrate your understanding of the material from this module and, where necessary, include your sources, formatted and cited in accordance with APA style, according to the CSU Global Writing Center.