Phase 2, Week 4

Monday, November 9

Find a source you think would be helpful to you in your inquiry project and write a nugget post for it.  (Remember that a nugget is a passage from the reading that grabs you in some way and that you then make as meaningful as possible. It could be a passage that puzzles you, or intrigues you, or resonates strongly with you. It could be a passage you agree with, or one you disagree with. The idea here is that the passage evokes some kind of response in you, one that makes you want to work with the passage to make it just as meaningful as possible.)  Make sure you explain precisely how you think the argument from the source you selected applies to your project as you currently see it.


Make sure to link out to the source. Also link back to your previous two nugget posts for sources you yourself have found. The idea here is to gesture toward the research you have been doing so far, and provide a sense of coherence to your readers as they read about what you have been reading lately. Tag this post with five keywords that describe how you imagine your source will work in your Inquiry Project.


Tuesday, November 9

Visit other rampages blogs in the cMOOC and read their Monday nugget critically. Do you see how the three sources the author mentions fit together? Comment on at least five classmates’ nugget posts and appraise their efforts.


Wednesday, November 10

Concept Experience: FIP Geolocation! In this activity, we would like you to map out the issues that are at stake in your project, the topics your project pertains to, and the many ways you might thereby pique the curiosity of your reader by connecting your final inquiry project to a larger set of concerns. Remember, a “live” topic is a field of contestation where people are actively arguing with each other! Beware!

Step 1 (Wed.): Brainstorm 3-5 topics that your project is relatable to (and ideally, that your sources include/are about). Check out the wikipedia page for each, scrolling to the bottom. What are people currently discussing in your topic? What are the flashpoints of disputation? Pick the one or (max) two topics that your project suggests, and describe your take on the topic in a short post.

Step 2 (Thurs): Find two sources (new sources, or two that you have already found) who agree on about 90% of the topic but disagree with each other about the rest. Consider: they both can’t be right! But both are probably legit arguments backed up by evidence. Write a post in which you discuss the disagreement, why it’s important to resolve, and how their disagreement relates to your project.

Step 3 (Fri): You Make the Call! — Resolve that dispute in a blog post, explaining yourself and why you think you’re right. Include media that artfully stages a rational academic dispute (like, Rock M Sock M Robots).

Yes, this is indeed a thing

Yes, this is indeed a thing

Sunday, November 14

Look to your peers’ You Make the Call! posts and find at least two that are engaged with similar topics (you may have to look through a lot to find two, depending on your project). Focus on comparing your methodologies to your classmate’s in order to further your own thinking. Now write a summative blog post in which you reflect on all of this. Key questions: What are we working on, and why does it seem we emphasize the things we do about the internet? Are you satisfied with the set of sources you have collected? Regardless, list and link to eight sources.