The Final Inquiry Project: Details and Assignment

The Final Inquiry Project: Details and Assignment

The final version of your Inquiry Project must demonstrate your ability to write a sustained, persuasive, and interesting argument based in your research. You’ll need to show you can cite sources accurately, and that you can successfully and coherently weave many voices, viewpoints, and primary research (examples you collect from Instagram, or a piece of fan fiction, or evidence from a movie scene, etc). in order to forward your own interpretation and argument.  This project constitutes 35% of your final grade, and is the culmination of a summer of reading, research, collaboration, reflection, and experimentation with digital media.

In this project, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your learning in the medium of the Web, where images, sounds, video, hyperlinks, and all the other affordances we’ve been exploring can be used to great effect. Consider this an opportunity to be boldly imaginative while making and supporting your original argument.

Because the inquiry project represents the culmination of your questioning process for this course, the final project should not appear as just another post in your current course blog. Instead, your project should be “housed” on another site – either another rampages site (a new blog on our rampages site with a new title, theme, and relevant banner image), or another site such as Wix, Weebly, Google Sites or any other platform you may prefer.   With any platform you choose, understand that it should be suited to best represent your project given the assignment details, your argument, and your intended audience.

Core Criteria

  • Coherently researched.  Your project should integrate articles and primary data found in your research. Three of the eight minimum sources should be scholarly.  You may use any of the New Media readings of the course as sources as well, but these cannot replace the 3 scholarly source minimum.
  • Intentional argument and depth of reasoning. Someone reading your project should see that it makes an argument, that this argument is genuine and original in some way, and that your thinking about the argument is supported with reliable, interesting evidence beyond personal anecdotes.
  • Ambitious. Your project should present the best, most creative representation of your argument and research. Although you may not find a definitive answer to your research question, your argument and project aspires to offer the best, most compelling answer to your question, based on what you learned in your research.
  • Purposefully written to and for the Web. Your project will never see the “page,” but will only appear on the screen. Your chosen platform should be appropriate for your project. Your project should take advantage of the affordances of the Web for composition (multimedia, hypertext (links), audio clips, original photographs, video, etc). By “purposeful” we mean that you carefully select which digital medium and links best help supplement your reasons.  Over-inclusion of digital media as evidence will not bolster your argument.

Important Requirements

  • 3500 words or more (across all pages of the Inquiry Project that you write). References / Works Cited are not included in word count.
  • Links to at least eight quality sources that appear throughout your project, three of which must be scholarly.
  • A complete Bibliography or Works Cited of sources
  • Appropriate use of embedded media (images, videos, sounds, GIFs, etc.)
  • The project includes, in some form, an introduction with your argument stated as a claim, several paragraphs of background context on your topic to indicate you have a clear sense of earlier scholarship and history surrounding your topic, clearly articulated reasons to support your claim, evidence from reliable and scholarly sources to support each of your reasons, integration of your ideas to comment on and develop scholars’ research, and conclusion.
  • In-text citations that use signal phrases to introduce key studies or authors you rely on for key evidence.
  • Evidence of engagement in the writing process through full revisions made to the Beta draft, conferences with the instructor, peer review, and Writing Center online conferences.

Important Dates

  • Schedule optional online conference with Writing Center at any time before the final project is due.
  • Thursday, July 24: Inquiry Project in Beta (i.e. your draft) due by end of day.    This Beta draft should appear in your chosen platform. Include a LINK to your chosen platform in a Blog Post titled BETA DRAFT of INQUIRY PROJECT.
  • Monday, July 28:    Peer Review of BETA DRAFTS due by the end of the day.
  • Thursday, July 31: Finalized Inquiry Project due by end of day. Again, a link to this final project should appear in your blog.
  • Thursday, July 31: Tweet out a link to your final project on Twitter by the end of the day.
  • This project is the culmination of your work in this course and constitutes 35% of your final grade.
  • Think of your inquiry project as a research paper for the digital age: although it will have many of the characteristics of academic writing, it’ll take advantage of thought vectors in concept space–and lots of creativity–to make something much more involving and rewarding than a typical “research paper.”


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