Week 3 has two main requirements: your reflection and the Going Digital project. View the week 3 presentation.

1 Paperlessness Reflection

Go over and read some of the articles by Jamie Rubin that have to do with paperlessness. Think about both your experiences in school, work, and your personal life where paperlessness could be either a boon or hindrance. Do a standard reflection post on Slack in the #etcv411-module3 channel about paperlessness.

1.1 Evaluation

This rubric1 is used in reference to reflections you’ll be posting in Slack based on the readings and class discussions. Note that the different areas are graded slightly differently (with length being clearly segmented, mechanics being all-or-nothing, and the rest being fluid). Some assignments might have specific requirements that supercede these, so pay close attention.

Criteria Score (points vary from 0-2)
Length 500 words or more
Meaning Post provides explanation, explication, and examples to develop ideas.
Focus Stays on topic (or strays when appropriate), develops a clear statement or asks a clear question, written with audience in mind.
Support Provides at least two external resources to back up statements or contrast ideas. Does not mention references without citing/linking. Proper APA citations
Mechanics No grammatical or spelling errors. Proper sentence structure. Easy to read. (2 pts., all or nothing)

2 Organizational Workflow Project

2.1 Introduction

Staying organized is a key success factor for any student, doubly-so for those who study exclusively online. A desk calendar might be used to keep track of your appointments, a small notebook to keep your daily thoughts and ideas in, a filing cabinet to organize your readings or homework. However, this is Learning Technologies in the Digital Age, so we’re going paperless! Not only does it cut down on the use of paper (obviously), but the implementation of cloud-based services provides you with anytime-anywhere access to everything you need to succeed quickly and efficiently.


2.2 Steps to Completion

Nothing kills time like inefficiency. For this project, you will be musing on your current or proposed workflow that helps you stay focused, on time, and sane as a student. By looking through all the software and services we’ve discussed in this module (or even including ones we didn’t talk about), put it together in a tidy package for us to see.

2.2.1 The Workflow Part

  1. Read an article I wrote while in graduate school on going paperless.
  2. Collect at least 5 sites, services, or pieces of software that you think (or know to!) make up a good paperless workflow.
  3. Your personal workflow should not reflect or mimic mine; mine is simply a template to demonstrate how yours should look.
  4. Create a Google Document for this assignment rather than a Word document. Set the sharing to “Anyone with a link can view” (or “Anyone at the University of Arizona with the link can view”) and share that link instead of submitting a file. In this document, share how you use (or would like to use) these services. Use the link in Step 1 as a template. Should include screenshots, links, pros/cons, and (if applicable) alternatives. (Example: you might choose Dropbox but should note that Google Drive can be used as an alternative). Use the rubric below to determine how you’ll be assessed.

2.2.2 Submission

  1. Submit to the D2L dropbox a PDF from your Google Document. Do this by going to File -> Download as -> PDF Document.
  2. Share your Anyone with a link can view link in the Slack channel.
  3. Both of these steps should be completed as per the D2L deadline.

2.3 Evaluation

Gateway requirements: each of the five paperless steps or tools is accompanied by descriptions of use in the context of your workflow, at least one screenshot, and the pros and cons of using the service.

Note: you may receive 0 points in any category below for simply not addressing it.

2.3.1 Rubric

1 point 3 points 5 points
Organization Organization is less than clear, or organization is clear but with some digressions. Clear organization, but strays slightly. Clear organization that walks the reader through the entry, and does not stray off topic.
Formatting Format is visually unappealing or haphazard. Formatting is obviously attempted but may be broken or ineffective in places. Post is formatted well both visually and spatially. It is enjoyable to look at.
Coverage of Content Descriptions are sparse or cursory. Descriptions are present but not thorough. Comprehensive and meaningful descriptions.
Clarity of Writing Writing or clarity leaves something to be desired. Is possibly confusing or incomplete. Writing is clear. Proper punctuation and grammar are used, but the meaning is sometimes confusing or obfuscated. Writing is clear and succinct. It is evident what the writer is trying to express. Grammar and punctuation are used appropriately.
Paperlessness Paper enters the workflow and is not removed at some point. Paper enters the workflow but is at some point removed (scanning and recycling, for example). No paper to be seen!

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