Assignment 2: Exploring Educational Technology (Fall 2016)

Due: Sunday, September 4th, 2016, by 11:59PM UTC-12 (Anywhere on Earth).

Assignment Instructions

The first six weeks of this semester are a time to explore the area of educational technology in which you are most interested. Last week, you introduced yourself and your general interests in educational technology. This week, you’ll explore educational technology more thoroughly, adopting an understanding of the space before deciding next week where to zoom in.

Last week, you began looking at the introductory material on educational technology as a whole in the course library. This week, choose three or four areas to read about in more depth. Digest some of the introductory material, and use it to inform your further explorations in the field. As you go, take notes on what you find. Summarize the research that you find interesting, and note the open questions that you have. Think not only of what you would like to work on, but what others might want to work on as well.

Your submission may take the form of a handful of short summaries of work you find interesting, or one or two longer descriptions if you already have a stronger idea of the direction you want to move. Either way, your submission should also include some early brainstorming for the area you might be interested in going in multiple areas.

The main goal of this assignment is for you to learn about the expanse of the educational technology community, in order to make an informed decision of where to focus going forward. The secondary goals are for you to help your classmates adopt a similar understanding by sharing your findings with them, to start to have the background necessary to select teammates, and to provide your mentor and classmates with the information necessary to help you find more material.

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.

Submission Instructions

Assignments should be submitted to the corresponding assignment on T-Square in accordance with the Assignment Submission Instructions. Most importantly, you should submit a single PDF for each assignment. This PDF will be ported over to Peer Feedback for peer review by your classmates. If your assignment involves things (like videos, working software prototypes, etc.) that cannot be provided in PDF, you should provide them separately (either through the class Resources folder or your own upload destination) and submit a PDF that describes how to access the assignment.

This is an individual assignment. Even if you already plan to work on a team for the project, this assignment should be completed individually. You should not yet worry about the track (research or development) you will choose; try to explore both research-oriented and development-oriented ideas.

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.

Grading Information

As with all assignments in this class, each milestone will be graded on a traditional A-F scale based on the extent to which your deliverable met expectations. If your deliverable receives below an A, you may revise and resubmit it once within two weeks of the original due date or one week of receiving a grade, whichever is later. Note that this should not be treated as a de facto free pass to submit sorely lacking work initially; we reserve the right to deny resubmission or grade a resubmission more harshly if we perceive the original submission was lacking in earnest effort. Due to T-Square restrictions, your grade will be provided on a 5-point scale: a ‘5’ is an A, a ‘4’ is a B, a ‘3’ is a C, a ‘2’ is a D, a ‘1’ is an F, and a ‘0’ is a failure-to-submit.

Peer Review

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.