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Team 1 - eReader Whitepaper Assignment

Page history last edited by pmorgan@crimson.ua.edu 9 years, 7 months ago

Final Product:  eReader Whitepaper - Mealer-Morgan-Williams - Final.pdf

 

 

After the wiki (below) was set up, the team decided to move to Windows Live SkyDrive to collaborate.

Defunct Wiki: Team 1 eReader Whitepaper Wiki

 

 

Our new workspace is:

Team 1 SkyDrive Workspace for eReader Whitepaper

 

 

From the Blackboard assignment:

Here are the general components of the process:

  • Divide yourselves into five (5) working teams.
  • Set up your own team workspace on a new wiki – your call as to what ‘brand’ of wiki you use (i.e. WikiSpaces, WetPaint, PBworks, PrimaryPad, etc.). Give membership to your team and to Dr. Price and me. Work out the mechanics of that within your group.
  • Set up an external calendar, such as Google Calendar for your team’s use in the work.

 

Begin by asking questions such as these:

  • What are the tools involved here, possibly?
  • What is known about their use? Specifically in higher education?
  • What are other universities, colleges, colleges of human environmental sciences and even departments and majors doing around the country?
  • What are the associated issues in making such as decision?
  • What is known from research and publications about those issues?
  • Are demographics a factor?


Determine the framework for your report (whitepaper). Here are the key components typically expected in a whitepaper, but you can name them differently if you think it best suits the audience and subject matter.

  • Succinctly put, what is the issue (charge?)?
  • Approach (or Process) – Succinctly put, what did you do?
    • A framework is helpful here, too.
  • Results – Organize your results very tightly; you will be writing for busy administrators in this whitepaper and in all whitepapers. They need succinct, to the point, information that is clear and accurate. However, you need to support it with research and data – but you can put in appendices so that if someone in the leadership team wants to see more, it’s there.
    • And the more you can provide a framework for this, the better.
  • Conclusions or Summary – and make this a real executive summary here because they sometimes just read this or read it first.
  • Bibliography – this is where you put in APA style everything you read, and, if you interviewed someone or had a SKYPE – use the APA on all the options (i.e. mp3, video, etc) for electronic media. For example, you can interview someone from the American Library Association and use that in your references.
  • It should be no more than 15 pages, excluding the bibliography, index and cover page (no abstract). Use Times Roman 12pt font and 1 inch margins.

 

 

Comments (12)

Christopher Wayne Williams said

at 9:07 am on Feb 24, 2011

I personally like Google Calendar. I use it for Scouts. I also like Tungle. Let me know what everyone wants, and I'll go set it up.

pmorgan@crimson.ua.edu said

at 11:08 am on Feb 24, 2011

We all have Google Calendar as part of our Crimson. I like it too. I have my regular google calendar synced with my crimson google calendar. I say go with Google via Crimson?

Crystal Mealer said

at 11:17 am on Feb 24, 2011

I think it makes sense for us to go with Google Calendar then, unless we hear strong objections from Kevin... Kevin?

Christopher Wayne Williams said

at 9:04 pm on Feb 24, 2011

OK, everyone should have an e-mail inviting them to the Office Live Workspace. You can take a look and tell me if you like the idea of using it. It keeps version history, but it also allows us to start from the get go using a Word Processing program that most of us are already familiar with. Additionally, it allows for some graphic enhancement, etc. Let me know if you like this idea. I just thought it would be nice to try another collaboration form was all.

pmorgan@crimson.ua.edu said

at 8:41 am on Feb 25, 2011

Hi Chris

I looked in my email box last night and then again this morning. I haven't received a invite yet. Is there anyway you can resend? I hope it didn't get sent to a SPAM folder. Thanks!

Crystal Mealer said

at 11:49 am on Feb 25, 2011

I don't have my invite either. I checked spam folder.

I've been looking at Office Live and I do like it much better. I'm REALLY tired of trying to format things in PBWorks, so I'm grateful that you had a better idea.

Christopher Wayne Williams said

at 12:42 pm on Feb 25, 2011

OK I sent another e-mail. Let me know if you got that one.

Crystal Mealer said

at 1:13 pm on Feb 25, 2011

This one I got. The document is still blank, right? Just want to make sure I'm not having viewing issues...

pmorgan@crimson.ua.edu said

at 1:53 pm on Feb 25, 2011

I got the email too, and the blank piece of paper.

Christopher Wayne Williams said

at 7:29 pm on Feb 25, 2011

Yup, I haven't done anything with it. You should be able to log into the Live Office workspace, and edit the document. I believe you can even pull it down into word on your pc. It suppose to track the changes & everything too. Kinda like Google Apps... I'll make a few edits and let you do the same so you can see.

Kevin Trosclair said

at 8:43 pm on Feb 25, 2011

Hey guys, I'm good with Google Calender on our crimson and Chris I got the invite to Live Office and got to the document. I am going to have to play around in Live office, this is new for me.

Christopher Wayne Williams said

at 9:07 am on Feb 26, 2011

I didn't know this, but Microsoft has a Shared Calendar built into SkyDrive now... they renamed live office. I'm gonna check it out and send everyone another link to take a look at it just in case. I know Crystal said she wasn't a big Google Calendar, and the idea of trying some different is nice too. Please plan to discuss on Sunday.

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