Technology and Education

Writing Assignment #2: Cause-Effect Analysis


Writing assignment #2 will be an essay in which you analyze either causes or effects.  You have two choices for this essay, both of which are very wide open.  For both choices, you are required to integrate two sources into your essay to support your argument.
1.      Technology and Education
Analyze the impact of a particular trend in technology on education. 

Our discussions in the class up to this point might be helpful for you as you consider ideas for this topic. 
You might analyze any one of the following.  These are just examples.  Many approaches are possible for this topic.
a)      The potential impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on higher education.  You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.
b)      The impact of online courses on education.  You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.
c)      The impact of digital media on online courses
d)     The impact of the computer on writing courses or courses in other disciplines
e)      The impact of certain forms of technology on reading skills or reading habits
f)       Whether video games should be introduced into schools and used to help educate students

You must use at least two sources to support your points in this essay.  You will cite your sources in APA style, using both in-text citations and a “References” page at the end of the essay.
Some interesting articles that might give you ideas for this essay, and that you could use for one or two of your sources, are the following:
  • Clive Thompson, “The New Literacy”
  • Cynthia Haven, “The New Literacy: Stanford study finds richness and complexity in students’ writing“
  • John Sutherland, “Cn u txt?”
  • Michael Agger, “Lazy Eyes”
Your essay should have the following:
·         an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement.
·         body paragraphs that offer evidence to support your thesis and synthesizes your source material
·         a solid conclusion that reminds readers of your main idea (or thesis) without simply repeating it
·         A Works Cited page that lists the two sources you used for the essay
Length: 800-1000 words
Other Tips to Consider:
For this essay, you will analyze either the causes of a phenomenon or the effects of a phenomenon.  Please choose one of these two strategies for your essay.
Students sometimes try to analyze both causes and effects.  Please do not take this approach. 
The length and breadth of this essay is not sufficient to allow you to analyze both causes and effects in a thorough fashion.  For example, if you write about the impact of online classes on education, you would analyze the causes (e.g., what factors led to the rise of online classes) or the effects (e.g., what the happens when certain classes are taught online).
In addition, this is not a persuasive essay.  Your opinion or response, if it comes out in your essay, should not be the focus of the essay.  The causes or effects should be the focus of the essay.







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Technology and Education

Writing Assignment #2: Cause-Effect Analysis


Writing assignment #2 will be an essay in which you analyze either causes or effects.  You have two choices for this essay, both of which are very wide open.  For both choices, you are required to integrate two sources into your essay to support your argument.
1.      Technology and Education
Analyze the impact of a particular trend in technology on education. 

Our discussions in the class up to this point might be helpful for you as you consider ideas for this topic. 
You might analyze any one of the following.  These are just examples.  Many approaches are possible for this topic.
a)      The potential impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on higher education.  You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.
b)      The impact of online courses on education.  You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.
c)      The impact of digital media on online courses
d)     The impact of the computer on writing courses or courses in other disciplines
e)      The impact of certain forms of technology on reading skills or reading habits
f)       Whether video games should be introduced into schools and used to help educate students

You must use at least two sources to support your points in this essay.  You will cite your sources in APA style, using both in-text citations and a “References” page at the end of the essay.
Some interesting articles that might give you ideas for this essay, and that you could use for one or two of your sources, are the following:
  • Clive Thompson, “The New Literacy”
  • Cynthia Haven, “The New Literacy: Stanford study finds richness and complexity in students’ writing“
  • John Sutherland, “Cn u txt?”
  • Michael Agger, “Lazy Eyes”
Your essay should have the following:
·         an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement.
·         body paragraphs that offer evidence to support your thesis and synthesizes your source material
·         a solid conclusion that reminds readers of your main idea (or thesis) without simply repeating it
·         A Works Cited page that lists the two sources you used for the essay
Length: 800-1000 words
Other Tips to Consider:
For this essay, you will analyze either the causes of a phenomenon or the effects of a phenomenon.  Please choose one of these two strategies for your essay.
Students sometimes try to analyze both causes and effects.  Please do not take this approach. 
The length and breadth of this essay is not sufficient to allow you to analyze both causes and effects in a thorough fashion.  For example, if you write about the impact of online classes on education, you would analyze the causes (e.g., what factors led to the rise of online classes) or the effects (e.g., what the happens when certain classes are taught online).
In addition, this is not a persuasive essay.  Your opinion or response, if it comes out in your essay, should not be the focus of the essay.  The causes or effects should be the focus of the essay.







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