Digital Culture and Education
Title: Digital culture and education: building links Type: Assignment – Research-based Assignment Learning Outcomes Assessed: 2, 3 Due Date: 14 Apr 17 17:00 Weight: 40% Marked out of: 40 Task Description: Requirement: 2000 words This assessment asks students to identify an aspect of digital culture which is of interest to them professionally. They are required to locate research papers and related online resources related to the aspect of digital culture to inform the preparation of a scholarly essay. The assignment includes: • A statement of the aspect of digital culture that is the focus of the paper and its relation to their professional interests. This statement should identify the key ideas and summarise the relationship with the student’s professional interests (200 words). • A synthesis of the literature and resources that relate to the topic. The synthesis should include a mapping of the key research questions, the influential thinkers and sites that are associated with the topic. It should also include a brief history of the topic and indicate the directions of contemporary research. The paper should include a reference list of all sources used in the paper. (Not included in the word count) (1600 words) • A short contribution to the course Wiki which integrates the topic into the existing resources on the Wiki, including a summary of the synthesis and a final version of the document. (200 word equivalent) � �� Criteria & Marking: 1. Statement about an aspect of digital culture Did the paper have a clear account of the aspect of digital culture that is the focus of the paper? Is there an account of the key ideas and how the topic relates to the student’s professional interests? 2. Synthesis of an appropriate research literature Did the paper include all of the elements of the assignment specification: key research questions, brief history, influential thinkers, key sites, and directions of contemporary research? Did the paper demonstrate a good coverage of the existing literature? Did the paper show evidence of a thoughtful and critical engagement with this literature? 3. Logic and structure of the paper Was the paper well structured? Was there a logic to the argument flow and analysis? Did the paper demonstrate a synthesis of the literature it has drawn on? 4. Presentation Was the text written in an academic style and format appropriate to a scholarly paper? Was a list of bibliographic references provided? Were these set out consistently in an appropriate academic style? (use of APA 6th style is required). Was the contribution to the Wiki integrated into the existing resources?
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