Assignment: Personal Statement (Fall 2015)
Due: Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, by 11:59PM UTC-12 (Anywhere on Earth).
Who are you? Why are you taking this class? What do you hope to get out of this class? What experiences do you have with educational technology, as either the designer, the recipient, or some other stakeholder? Are there particular problems you’re interested in addressing in this class? Your Personal Statement is essentially an introduction to you. We’ll use it to tailor the course topics and library materials to common interests, to help match you with classmates that might be interested in working on similar problems, to connect you with a particular mentor if one is well-suited for your ideas, and to begin to brainstorm any steps that will need to be taken to support your goals.
The main goal of this assignment is more organizational than pedagogical: these Personal Statements will serve as valuable tools to use in organizing and structuring the class.
Your assignment should be approximately 500 words long. This is neither a minimum nor a maximum, but rather a heuristic to simply describe the level of depth we would like to see. Feel free to write more, or if you believe you can complete the assignment in fewer words, feel free to write less.
Please submit your assignment as a .pdf, .docx, or other common document file via T-Square. You can find the assignment submission page by going to T-Square, clicking CS6460, clicking Assignments, and then clicking the assignment title. Resubmission is allowed any number of times up to the due date.
Late work is not accepted without advanced agreement except in cases of medical or family emergencies. In the case of an emergency, please contact the Dean of Students.
Your assignment will be evaluated on the extent to which it follows the directions and achieves the learning (or in this case, organizational) goal on a simple rubric: Does Not Meet Expectations, Meets Expectations, and Exceeds Expectations. Any assignments graded as Does Not Meet Expectations will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit once.
After submission, your assignment will be ported to Peer Feedback for review by your mentor and classmates. Grading is not the primary function of this peer review process; the primary function is simply to give you the opportunity to read and comment on your classmates’ ideas. All grades will come from the graders alone.
You will typically be assigned four classmates to review. Peer reviews are due one week after the due date of the assignment, and count towards your participation grade.