we would like you to do is to find a topic from this week's chapter that you
were interested in and search the internet for material on that topic. You
might, for example, find people who are doing research on the topic, you might
find web pages that discuss the topic, you might find a video clip that
demonstrates something related to the topic, etc. What you find and use is
pretty much up to you at this point. Please be sure to use at least 3 quality
resources. If you use videos, please limit it to one video.
you have completed your search and explorations we would like you to:
1a) State what your topic is.
1b) Discuss how the topic relates to the chapter.
1c) Discuss why you are interested in it.
Next, we would like you to take the information you read or viewed related to
your topic, integrate/synthesize it, and then write about the topic in a
knowledgeable manner. By integrating/synthesizing we mean taking what your
read/experienced from the internet search organize the information into the
main themes, issues, info, examples, etc. about your topic and then write about
the topic in your own words using the information you have about the topic.
information is hard for some people to do - many students write what we refer
to as "serial abstracts." They are tempted to talk about the websites
rather than the topic proper Serial abstract writers will talk all about
website #1, start a new paragraph and talk all about web site #2, start a new
paragraph and talk all about web site #3, and then write some kind of
conclusion about the three websites they used. Serial means one after the
other...again, this is what you DON'T want to do! We want you to talk about the
topic, not the websites!
if all three sites are on the same one topic it will be easier.
first it is a real challenge to get out of the habit of writing "serial
abstracts," but we assure you once you get the hang of it writing about
the topic is much easier to do using the integration method. And besides this
is the way researchers and scientists write their technical reports and
findings - many of you will have to be able to do this for other classes and
for jobs that you may eventually be hired for so now is a good time to learn
this point don't worry so much about a grade, worry about doing your best to
have fun with the topic and then integrate it into your own words to share what
you found and what you now know.
the end of your post, please include working URLs for the three websites. For each URL you have listed indicate why you chose the site
and the extent to which it contributed to your post.
is a good example of an early assignment from a different hybrid class where
the student integrates what they learned (notice too they stated how each
is an example from a different class of a student reporting on the websites
more so than the topic (this is what not to do):
Please let us know if you have any questions,