Form a Group. Group sizes may range from two to six individuals. Form the group by week two of the semester. Appoint one person as the contact person. Obtain a group number from the list by the office door (3342A). The contact person puts their name next to the group number obtained. For those in Section 01 (Monday) the numbers range from 100 to 150. For those in section 02 (Wednesday) the numbers range from 200 to 240. For those in section 04 (Tuesday morning) the numbers range from 400 to 430.
Select A Topic. Each group will select one topic from the following selected topics (or an additional approved topic). The group then prepares a presentation (5 to 10 minutes) and submits the presentation, in the second semester (BY Week of January 31st Class).
Time Allotment. Aim for 5 minutes even though you have as much as ten minutes. Grades are deducted (approximately a 10% reduction) if you exceed the ten-minute time limit maximum.
Presentation Format. Presentations should be designed to illustrate in a practical way a particular concept, application, or strategy, etc. from the chapter assigned for a particular week. Various formats video, YouTube, PowerPoint, Audio tapes, are permitted. You could write a story or perform a skit or pantomime, or puppetry, etc. and video the performance. Some have written an performed music. Some have simulated a radio talk-show. In the past, approximately 80% of the groups have opted for the video format (VCR, mpg, avi, DVD). Hopefully, a selection of the videos can be shown in class. This is normally a peer instruction activity so if you opt for the video format the video also may be used in another group setting for peer instruction purposes. The videos are not returned so be sure you have a copy for your own group. Video formats permissible/playable are on tape (a regular VCR tape), or on a CD/DVD or Flash Stick (mpg, avi, wma, DVD formats).
A Suggestion. The topic assigned is a starting point only. You may decide to address part of that topic, an illustration of a related concept, a key term, an application of one aspect of the topic, etc. It is often prudent to narrow the focus rather than to try and incorporate too much information. A rule that applies here is: "Less Is More."
Practicality. If your group seeks a more applied application for their audio or video format, it is permissible to design the presentation for target audiences other than peers. That is, your target audience could be parents, practicing associate teachers, community groups, media outlets, OR students--children, specific grade levels, adolescents, and so on. To illustrate: Your group might take the topic associated with Gardner's multiple intelligences, or Sternberg's triarchic view of intelligence. Rather than address that topic for your peers, you could decide to prepare a video targeting grade three students offering them a strategy to help them "work smarter," perhaps via a learning strategy, or homework model, or critical thinking skill. A seven minute cartoon sequence or video of a puppet show, for example, could illustrate the lesson. You could use it year after year. You might even trade with other groups, at the end of the year, and build a library of mini-lessons. Or perhaps, we could set up a central site for storing video files in a format conducive to downloading.
Assistance. Assistance with video production is available from University of Windsor resource personnel in the Center for Flexible Learning (Lambton Towers, Ground Floor). Contact Larry Foley (Ext 3047). I will send him a class list of names in September.
Sign-up. To select a particular topic you need to e-mail the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org )indicating your name, your group# (and the names of the people in your group).