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Discussion

In this Discussion, you will start thinking about how you can best convey your message through digital media such as a video, slide presentation, or podcast which rely on both text and visuals to highlight a main message. If you are not readily familiar with digital media tools, KUWC has resources that you can review, and one of them is “PowerPoint Basics.” If you want to try different tools beyond the basic slide presentation, the Internet has several free tools to consider, such as Animoto®, Prezi®, PowToon®, WeVideo®, or Fotobabble®.

When considering both the tools and visuals to include, keep in mind the following requirements of this unit’s digital media Assignment:

Contains research from at least four reliable sources, including graphics, to support the main message of the digital media presentation

Contains at least two visuals (e.g., photo, table, diagram, chart, etc.)

Cites research and visuals in APA citation format, both in-text and on a References slide or separate Word document. You need to quote material taken directly from a source. The same standards apply to both a presentation and an essay.

Has a clear message related to an argument for change in your community or workplace

Is designed to reflect the needs and interests of a specific audience to help motivate your viewers to take action

Backs up assertions with evidence from credible sources in the text and cites those sources in the text and on a References slide to allow the intended audience to research the topic further, if desired

Contains at least 8–10 slides (slide presentation) or lasts approximately 45 seconds to 1 minute (video or audio)

As noted in the Learning Activities, a great deal of thought should be put into the selection and use of visuals and text in digital media presentations. Therefore, you will write a detailed plan for the digital media presentation. You will also create a draft of your digital media presentation and share it on the Discussion Board to receive feedback from your classmates and the instructor. You will receive peer feedback on your draft of your digital media presentation, much like you may well receive comments and feedback from your community members or coworkers if they are provided access to the digital media presentation.

When you engage in a team presentation, whether for work or school, you want to provide support for your teammates, acknowledge their contributions by pointing out strengths in their work, and offer original, thoughtful feedback that will benefit the entire team. The ability to collaborate effectively is a crucial professional skill, and this week’s discussion will help you to build those skills.

Respond to all of the prompts below in the context of your potential digital media presentation on an argument for change in your community or workplace:

Describe the argument for change you will convey in your digital media presentation. Identify your primary audience, strategies for supporting your argument, and your selected media tool.

Create a draft of your digital media presentation and share it on the Discussion Board. Attach the PowerPoint file or include a URL.

For this unit’s Discussion, participation will be worth 20 points. To earn full participation credit, you will need to respond substantively to at least two peers’ presentations. These responses should offer substantive, constructive feedback and offer specific suggestions for improvement. The responses should address the following questions:

What is the main message that you took away from the digital media presentation?

How well do the written text and visuals work together to create an argument?

How might the identified audience respond to the presentation’s text and visuals?

What were the strengths of the presentation?

What are at least two areas that need improvement?

All Discussion posts and responses to peers should be written in complete sentences using Standard American English. Before posting, proofread for grammar, spelling, and word-choice issues. Be sure to respond fully to every aspect of the Discussion.

When you refer to concepts from the unit Learning Activities, be sure to use a signal phrase like “According to . . .[name of reading].” If you are directly quoting the Learning Activities or another source, be sure to use quotation marks and cite the source using proper APA in-text citations and full references. Kaplan University Writing Center has resources on APA citation formatting.

https://kucampus.kaplan.edu/MyStudies/AcademicSupportCenter/WritingCenter/WritingReferenceLibrary/ResearchCitationAndPlagiarism/Index.aspx

You can review a sample Discussion post and response to a peer by clicking on the following link: Unit 9 Sample Discussion Assignment.

You can review a sample PowerPoint presentation by clicking on the following link: Unit 9 Sample PowerPoint. You can also review a video version of the same presentation by following this link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2OJH5tbr2k .

You can review the rubric the instructor will use when determining your Discussion grade by clicking on the following link:   Discussion Assignment Grading Rubric 

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