1. Reflective Journaling—Final ProjectYou will be working on your final project continuously throughout the semester. Eachweek you will journal about different assigned topics as well as reflect about yourexperience performing the week’s homework assignment. Each weekly journal entryshould be no less than one-page typed in total length. I will use the attached rubric tograde these entries. You can use whatever language occurs to you, since I don’t, as arule, censor my students; however, please make sure that your writing is as thoughtful aspossible. It is the quality of these entries in which I am interested. A two-sentenceanswer, no matter how thoughtful, will not sufficiently address a topic. Spelling andgrammar deficits will take away points from your final project grade. Don’t journalduring class or it will have dire consequences for your grade. • The first half of each journal entry will be devoted to a topic I will post on the class web page each week. I would like you to ponder the topic at home and then write a journal entry that reflects your thoughts on the matter. • The second half of each entry must also answer the following questions: o Part of being a good researcher is looking for alternate paths to your goal. What is your plan to tackle this week’s HW assignments? How are you going to do it? How did it go? Did you encounter anything unexpected? How did you handle it? For instance, if you are searching a database and your Boolean search phrase isn’t working, why might that be the case? What are the possibilities? • Bring the compiled, typed journal entries in a folder with your name on it to each class. I will be randomly checking folders to ensure that students aren’t leaving the project until the night before the last class. These checks will count as homework grades, so don’t forget these folders!
2. Reflective Journal Entry 1College students get accused of a lot of things and they’re taken as true much of the time.How do you think people perceive your age group? Where are they getting thisinformation from? Who are they listening to? Why are people so ready to believe thatthis information is accurate? Reflective Journal Entry 2After having read the link entitled The History of Information, please comment on thefollowing: Has the rate of technological change outpaced our ability to keep up with thechanges? Have we inadvertently created a dependency on technology that will comeback to bite us? For instance, have you noticed how everything on campus comes to ascreeching halt when the network is down? Reflective Journal Entry 3You’ve undoubtedly heard of plagiarism. Have we bred a culture where plagiarism ispermissible? If so, why does our society think it’s acceptable to steal ideas or wordswhen it’s considered wrong to steal property and objects? Why is this problem sopervasive on college campuses? Reflective Journal Entry 4After reading the article about blogs linked in the Class 4 readings, you’ll have a betterunderstanding of the debate over free-speech, wikis and blogs. Wikileaks is one primeexample of this debate. In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of society placinggreater restrictions on what people are allowed to post online? Reflective Journal Entry 5Cyberbullying has proliferated since the introduction of instant messaging and socialnetworking sites. What responsibility do social networking sites bear to curtailcyberbullying? Does that responsibility differ from the responsibility of the individualsperpetrating the crime? How can society try to convey the seriousness of cyberbullyingto young people?
3. Reflective Journal Entry 6Let’s pretend that several candidates running for the local School Board feel stronglyabout the need to protect students from exposure and access to controversial materials.Therefore, their campaign platforms include proposing to ban the following books fromthe school system:Daddys Roommate by Michael WillhoiteHeather Has Two Mommies by Leslea NewmanUnderstanding Sexual Identity by Janice RenchHuckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.This means removing these books from all of the school Media Centers, prohibiting theiruse in the curriculum, and prohibiting students and teachers from having the books onschool property. The idea of banning books is not a new concept. For hundreds of years,people have sought to protect the community from controversial ideas by burning books.At the same time world leaders, like Winston Churchill, have sought to advocate the freeflow of ideas.So, let’s pretend that you have to take a position at a public hearing on the candidates’proposals. What would you argue? Should any action be taken? Why? Reflective Journal Entry 7You’ve read and discussed many topics relevant to the crises that the Information Agehas brought to society and, in particular, your generation. Which of the topics that you’veread about or that your classmates have presented in class has disturbed you the most?How do you plan to address this challenge in the future?
4. Rubric for Grading - PointsLIB 105 – Introduction to Information and Technology LiteracyFinal ProjectDimension Description Comments PointsContent HW component of entries (7 entries @ 5 points each = adequately addressed research 35)Total Points: p process. Explains perspective on weekly880 t topics thoroughly (7 entries @ 5 points each = 35) Overall, entries meet a college- level standard of thought and (10) introspection.Organizational &Grammar Quality Journal is well-organized/typed (5)Total Points: Writing quality meets basic grammatical & spelling grade-level20 e expectations (10) Prose is clear and understandable (5)Total Points Total Points Earned:Possible: 20