This is a generic contract — it specifies structure but not content. This version is for Introductory level credit — advanced level credit is available for a policy oriented study.
The title of your learning contract depends on what you want to learn. We’ll name this contract as part of our conversation.
B. Learning Activities:
You will first read an appropriate text based on the answers to the many questions that I asked. This is generally something that I choose for you.
As you work through this text, you will make note of particular issues that you would like to explore in more depth and record your findings in your learning journal (explained in Angel).
After you finish the text (this should take about 4 weeks), you will write a brief paper in which you describe five (5) issues.
We will then have a conversation about these issues; during the conversation, we will select three (3) of these issues for you to research in more depth.
You will work through http://www.esc.edu/InfoLit to extend your research skills if necessary. For each issue, you will prepare an “issue paper” using “Writing the Issue Paper” by Mendelsohn. Each issue paper will show an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the effects of changing technologies on various aspects of society.
This study will be supported by an online space in Angel.
C. Methods and Criteria for Evaluation:
Your written work, web and email communications, and telephone (or face-to-face) conversations are the instruments for evaluation. In all of these, you will show that you understand multiple perspectives of the important issues, that you have reflected on what you learned, and that you have integrated the whole both within this contract and with your previous learning and experience. All of this work will show advanced level research and writing skills; sources will be appropriate to your needs and properly cited.