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Week 1 discussion
DQ1 Preparing for the Summary of Research Findings
Your first writing assignment in WRTG 391 will be a Summary
of Research Findings. Please watch the
video– How to Read and Comprehend Scientific Research Articles: Summary of
Research Findings. The video is linked
to in the Content for this week. In addition, please read over the Template for
Taking Notes on Research Articles.
Respond to this discussion topic by answering the following
questions.
1. Name three strategies that you use to motivate yourself
to overcome difficulties when learning and researching.
2. In your opinion, what is the most important step to take
when reading research articles? According to the material you’ve watched and
read, what is the most important step to take when reading research articles?
3. What obstacles make finding “meaning” difficult
when reading a research article? What suggestions from the video and the
template will help one to overcome these obstacles to meaning?
4. After reviewing the topics possible to work with in the
Proposed Literature Review Topic Discussion Post, please reply here what
research topic as specifically as possible do you think that you will focus on
for this semester’s work (If you are in the process of obtaining approval on
your topic please just do your best to state what topic at this time you are
most interested in) ? Why?
5. After watching the first two library tutorials in the
Week 1 submodule, please find two articles on your chosen research topic for
the literature review and all coursework in the class (please be sure I have
approved it first which will be provided in the “Proposed Literature
Review” discussion in Week 1) that review and give the findings of a
research study. In responding to this
discussion topic, give the author(s), the title of the article, and a brief
one- or two-sentence description of the research study and its findings.
The activity in this last task will help you get started on
your Summary of Research Findings, which is writing assignment #1.

DQ2
Welcome to WRTG 391! Please introduce yourself to the rest
of the class. In your introduction, please state why you are taking WRTG 391,
something about your hobbies, where you live, and a little bit about why it is
important to you to develop research and writing skills better.
First impressions are very important so be sure to proofread
your work before posting, I will start things off by stating a few basics about
myself.

I am from Vienna/Oakton, Virginia originally. I rode horses
competitively growing up through college which was a big passion for me. I love
London and would live there if possible. I am working on a PhD focusing on the
successes and challenges of 40 and above-age learners who are pursuing their
four-year degrees. I live in Burtonsville, Maryland, have a husband and two
spoiled cats, and have been teaching writing and English in higher education
for the past 15 years.
Please post your introduction here by Friday, March 17 by
midnight, and respond to one classmate by Sunday, March 19 by midnight and
among the information you provide in that post, please ask them one question
regarding their posting which will help foster the getting acquainted process
all the more.

DQ3 Proposed Literature Review Topic
Please review the Assignment #3 information below and post a
short paragraph that states which topic and subtopic. For example, if
interested in #1(a)) for your literature review you would want to provide a
couple sentences about what your topic is of interest and what you hope to
learn through your research about this topic overall.
Choosing a Technological Transformations Topic:
Below are the four main topics for the literature review.
1. Review the literature on the impact of the Internet on
information literacy
and library skills.
For example, you might review the literature on one or more
of the following.
These are just examples. Many approaches are possible for
this topic.
a. The impact of the Internet on plagiarism in student
papers.
b. The impact of the Internet on research methods among
students.
c. The impact of Wikipedia and other web 2.0 applications on
the use of
information.
2. Review the literature on the impact of technology on the
health care field.
For example, you might review the literature on any one or
more of the
following. These are just examples. Many approaches are
possible for this topic.
a. The impact of a particular technological development on health
care costs.
b. The implications of maintaining a nationwide health care
electronic database
of every patient’s medical records.
3. Review the literature on the impact of assessment and
measurement on
education.
For example, you might review the literature on any one of
the following. These
are just examples. Many approaches are possible for this
topic.
a. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the use of
measurement in its
assessments.
b. The use of placement exams for entrance into colleges and
universities.
c. The use of placement exams for enrollment into
entry-level writing and
mathematics courses in colleges and universities.
d. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(STEM) movement in
education.
4. Review the literature on the impact of technology on a
field of study or topic
of your choice.
This option represents a more general approach to the
assignment.
Some examples might be the following. These are just examples.
Many
approaches are possible for this topic.
a. The impact of mobile devices on cybersecurity
b. The impact of the Internet on the field of advertising
c. The impact of cloud computing on a particular business
field
d. The impact of the Internet in an area of communication
studies
e. The impact of the Internet on global marketing strategies
f. The impact of a particular type of technology on health
care
g. The impact of technology on education in a particular
field of study
h. The impact of technology at a particular time in history
for a particular
country or region.
You will be following this topic throughout the course,
using it to develop a Summary of Research Findings, to create a critical
Annotated Bibliography, to synthesize a Literature Review, and to write a final
Niches and Gaps essay.

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