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Causes or effects of technology on education(this is my option for this essay, there are more instructions below)

WA2_cause_effect_essay

Writing assignment #2 will be an essay in which you analyze either causes or effects.  You have many options for this essay.

For all of the options, you are required to integrate two sources into your essay to support your argument.

whatever topic you choose, you may write on the same topic for writing assignment #3, the research-supported essay. 

If you decide to write on this topic for both writing assignment #2 and writing assignment #3, you will be expanding on your argument and finding more sources for the essay for writing assignment #3.

The options for this essay are as follows.  Please click each option below in order to see the specific instructions for the option:

1.   causes or effects of technology on education(this is my option for this essay, there are more instructions below)

Organization

The following video tutorial provides general instruction on writing a cause-effect essay: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/tutorials/cause_effect/

Your essay should have the following:

  • anintroductory paragraph with a thesis statement. The following video tutorial gives instruction on writing an effective introduction to an essay: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/tutorials/introductions/
  • body paragraphs that offer evidence to support your thesis and synthesizes your source material.  The following video tutorial gives instruction on writing effective body paragraphs for an essay.  Keep in mind that this tutorial is not specific to the cause-effect essay: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/tutorials/paragraphs/You might find the following tutorial helpful for using effective transitions from one thought to the next in your essay.  Keep in mind that this tutorial is not specific to the cause-effect essay: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/tutorials/transitions/
  • a solid conclusion that reminds readers of your main idea (or thesis) without simply repeating it.  The following video tutorial gives instruction on writing an effective conclusion to an essay: http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/tutorials/conclusions/
  • A References page that lists the two sources you used for the essay

 

Length:
1000-1200 words

Other Tips to Consider:
For this essay, you will analyze either the causes of a phenomenon or the effects of a phenomenon.  Please choose one of these two strategies for your essay.

Students sometimes try to analyze both causes and effects.  Please do not take this approach. 

The length and breadth of this essay is not sufficient to allow you to analyze both causes and effects in a thorough fashion.  For example, if you write about the impact of online classes on education, you would analyze the causes (e.g., what factors led to the rise of online classes) or the effects (e.g., what happens when certain classes are taught online).

In addition, this is not a persuasive essay.  Your opinion or response, if it comes out in your essay, should not be the focus of the essay.  The causes or effects should be the focus of the essay.


Due Date:
You instructor will give you a due date for the first draft of the essay.  You will receive comments on the first draft and be asked to write a second draft based on the feedback you receive in the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Causes or Effects of Technology and Education

In selecting this option, you would analyze reliable, scholarly information available on technological innovations or trends in education. 
Our discussions in the class up to this point might be helpful for you as you consider ideas for this topic.

 

You might analyze any one of the following.  These are just examples.  Many approaches are possible for this topic.

  • The potential impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on higher education.  You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.
  • The impact of online courses on education.  You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.
  • The impact of digital media on online courses
  • The impact of the computer on writing courses or courses in other disciplines
  • The impact of certain forms of technology on reading skills or reading habits

The impact of video games on a school’s curriculum.