Summary of assignment
• Task: You will complete the following:
o Select a topic for writing assignment #4 o Research that topic in OneSearch o Locate at least seven articles from scholarly or credible trade journals on the topic o Write a synthesis of the articles. • Length: 1000-1400 words.
• Format: APA
• Sources: At least seven sources from scholarly or credible trade journals
• Writing Process: You will submit a first draft of the essay to the assignment folder. The first draft will not be graded. The instructor will provide comments to it. After receiving comments from the instructor, you will submit a revised draft. The final draft will be graded. Continue to the next page 2 How This Assignment Informs Future Assignments in WRTG 394 This assignment is designed to help you prepare for the final paper in WRTG 394. Keep in mind that your final paper in WRTG 394 will be a report in which you define a problem in your workplace or community persuasively and accurately and propose a solution or solutions to the problem or issue. For writing assignment #2, consider the problem you will address and conduct research in the library on the topic. For example, let us assume that you are considering writing a report to the Dean of The Undergraduate School at UMUC to recommend that UMUC move from LEO as its learning management system (LMS) to a different learning management system. In preparing to write this type of report, you might complete the following for writing assignment #2: Conduct library research on the topics of learning management systems for schools, online teaching, and effective teaching in an online environment. What do We Mean by Synthesis? In a background review and synthesis of the literature, you don’t take a stand on an issue. You review what the articles say on the issue, dividing the arguments in the articles into themes. For example, let us assume that you conduct library research on the topic of learning management systems for schools, online teaching, and effective teaching in an online environment. You might find that three major themes emerge from your perusing of the seven articles: • common reasons for resisting the move to a new LMS • impact on faculty members when transitioning to a new LMS • impact on students when transitioning to new LMS
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