1. Find an article about a content topic from a well-known source about a covered content topic that interests, irks, astounds, appalls, and/or amazes you (link suggestions will be provided throughout the class and in a list below. The internet is vast so there may be another source you find BUT it must be approved by Prof. Decker first). ARTICLES MUST BE APPROVED BY PROF. DECKER FIRST so we keep in tune with the course.
2. Write a 500 word summary of the article in laymen’s terms (so we can all understand what it’s discussing. That’s the objective of the course after all.). Make sure to include the following:
SPELL CHECK, GRAMMAR CHECK AND THEN RECHECK!
3. Post your summary WITH A LINK TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE (so we all can read it) to the class on the NewsActivist.com site.
4. Comment to 1 of your classmates articles and respond to 1 of your classmates comments (the comments do not have to be to your particular article)
Newspapers often report on what's happening in the scientific community. Their overview of emerging research puts scientific literature in context with what's happening in the world.
To find a readable article, look at magazines and newspapers.
Research studies are usually meant for professionals or serious researchers. Avoid articles with headings like Research Methods, Participants, Results, etc.
A literature review summarizes current research in a specific area and is an easy way to get a sense of what's happening in a given field.