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Collaborative project 1


This assignment is simple in the deliverable it produces—a two-to-three-page document explaining plagiarism for an audience of college students, offering tips and resources for avoiding it and identifying consequences that can arise from plagiarism.

The assignment’s intent is that you do some basic research and get your feet wet working collaboratively, and also that you reflect upon and report your experiences in the collaborative process.

Read all instructions carefully. While the assignment itself is simple, the requirements are detailed.

The deliverable: a professional-caliber document intended for actual use in the MGA Writing Centers, in our Student Success Centers (tutoring centers), and in academic departments, defining plagiarism carefully, offering tips on how to avoid plagiarizing, offering resources for understanding and avoiding plagiarism, and outlining potential consequences for plagiarizing at this university (and perhaps beyond).

Deadline: 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 13th.

Length: 2-3 single-spaced pages.

Research: Compile authoritative information on plagiarism from reputable published sources, including material from at least one book, two scholarly journal articles, the MGA website (student code of conduct, e.g.), and multiple online resources. You need not include information from all these sources in the final product, but you should consider information from each one and list the best of them among the suggested resources included in the document. Be careful to acknowledge all sources cited in the document (by whatever method you like—no need to follow MLA, APA, etc. in format).

Formatting/document design: wholly up to you. Color printing is fine, graphics or visuals are good, though not strictly required.

Audience profile sheet: Along with the primary document, you should include separately a completed Audience Profile Sheet such as that on p. 85 of our text (you can get a blank version of this document through LaunchPad—or I can post one in D2L if needed). You should modify the profile sheet however you like, deleting sections that don’t apply, adding others as you see fit. The key is that you articulate the sort of audience the document will have when in use on the MGA campus.

Final format: PDF.

Submission method: Each of you, individually, should submit the final document and audience profile sheet to the D2L Collaborative project 1 dropbox.

Team leader: Larry Hollingsworth. All of you will be team leaders for different projects—I’m going here in order of registration for the course.

Method of communication: wholly up to you (I will give more specific stipulations in the next project). I recommend setting up a meeting very early in the unit by phone, Skype, Google Hangouts, or any other real-time technology you all have access to—by Friday at the absolute latest. In that meeting, in addition to agreeing upon tasks and team assignments and making a work schedule for the project, I urge you to think carefully about the most efficient method of sharing your work with one another—if any of you has experience with free, easy-to-use online tools for working collaboratively (Google docs, Dropbox, etc.), take the lead in setting that up for the group.  I can assist as needed.

I’m including all of your email and telephone information in a D2L news announcement. Get in touch with one another soon!

Additional requirements: submitted separately by each of you in the same Collaborative project 1 dropbox, complete a Self-Evaluation Form such as that on p. 69 of our textbook (this one, too, is available in LaunchPad, and I can share a copy if needed). As an added section to this Self-Evaluation, give a brief and diplomatic but thoroughly honest and confidential evaluation of the whole process of this project from your perspective. No need to “evaluate” team members by name, but basically describe what worked in the process and what could have been better. Consider this section a one-paragraph report offering suggestions that might prove helpful in future collaborations—share what you learned through the process about the process.

Bottom line: I know I am throwing you to the wolves by leaving so much open to you in this first collaborative assignment. In part I want to see what sort of “game” you all have as grad students! But don’t be bashful about seeking my input or help with any part of the project. I will offer more specific guidance in the next collaborative assignment—I am happy to do so with this one, too, if you request it.