In the last week, I’ve had a couple of recurring questions from students. In an effort to ensure you’re working in a positive direction, here are a few basics. I’ll have probably four posts in this series, each focusing on a single part of that project.
First and foremost, the best bet is to begin reviewing the assignment requirements for the group project. To do this, look over the assignment packet, especially the three primary documents:
- Group Portfolio
- Group Presentation (with PowerPoint)
- Group Evaluation (with speaker notes)
Second, you should remember that each group either selected or was assigned a specific course objective. That objective is used to help build your presentation. The presentation focuses on implementing that course objective into your life in four key areas:
- Academics (this class and others)
- Extracurricular (student organizations or volunteering, for example)
- Personal life (family, friends, and romance)
- Professional (career, employment)
When researching for this, you should be working toward that goal. Find sources that help you demonstrate how/why that objective will help your future success in life in those areas.
Don’t forget, too, that you are expected to have adequate sources, including peer-reviewed (scholarly journals), magazines, newspapers, books, thoughtful websites, and an interview.
With the interview specifically, I encourage groups to focus their attention on one or two key areas above. ONLY in those 1-2 areas, though. Otherwise, you have WAY too broad of an interview which will overwhelm you AND your interviewee.
In the next entry, I’ll focus on the Portfolio.