Last week when you ranked the Top 10 blogs, I analyzed them in terms of posts and aesthetics. To keep things simple, I decided to set a curve based on the maximum number of 2014 posts (33). If you have a minimum of 23 posts in 2014 (i.e., 70% of 33), you can choose to tell your story in whatever format or remix makes sense to you (please consult the Remix Resources and/or Roman if you need ideas about how to get started). If you don't have a minimum of 23 posts in 2014, you will need to account for your performance in a traditional, straightforward research paper as follows. (Please Note: several people asked if they could do both. YES. And, if you do the paper, you may either turn in a hard copy in class March 10 or embed it on your blog. In the past I have used docstoc or scribd to do this, but this year both of those services have changed and made documents more difficult to download. It looks like there is a better way here (and if you find an even better way, please comment to this post and let us know).
I. Revisit the questions that began the process:
- Passion. What have you committed yourself to studying and why is it important to you?
- Prior Learning. How are you using the tools/processes from Fall semester for the purpose?
- Envisioned Future. What will you need to do in order to ensure that June brings a sense of triumphant fulfillment and not regret?
- Audience. What will impress and convince others that you are a thinker who shows critical thinking skills and creativity in finding, analyzing, evaluating, organizing, and communicating valuable information?
- Implementation. What steps can you take to move beyond 'what if' and bring your idea/s into reality?
- Network. Who are the peers, publics, and experts you need in my personal learning network and/or audience?
Your paper must be:
- 5-7 pages in length, excluding title and Bibliography or Work Cited* pages (*Please Note: a Bibliography includes all the sources that inform your thinking, and Work Cited means exactly that, i.e., the sources you quote/reference directly.)
- Typed in Times New Roman 12-point font and printed on 8.5" x 11" white stock
- Bound with one staple in the upper left-hand corner at a 45 degree angle (no folders or plastic slip covers)
- Well-researched, as evidenced by a Bibliography or Work Cited page that includes a minimum of 15 highly credible references (*Please Note: Five  of these references must be academic books, chapters, or peer-reviewed studies/articles.)
- Presented in Modern Language Association (MLA) style