LEAP #3. Reflect on Learning about Propaganda

Learning about propaganda raises important social, moral and ethical issues about the responsibilities of communication.

CONSIDER THE QUESTION: What have you learned about propaganda this semester and how will you use what you have learned in the future?

DUE: Friday, May 3

Rationale. In LEAP 3, you engage in reflection and metacognition to synthesize learning. Reflection is a process of making connection between ideas and your lived experience. Metacognition is the process of thinking about your thinking. To do this well, it will first be important to carefully review and take notes about the key ideas, activities and learning practices of the course as you experienced them.

The What and How of Learning. In LEAP 3, you must do some personal detective work to identify what you thought were the most important ideas from the course and consider how they are relevant to your life moving forward. You will also need to reflect on how you learned this semester, given the course was structured an a unique type of online course. This will involve reviewing some of the learning activities you completed on the Pathwright, commenting on them, and noticing patterns in your own learning over the past 12 weeks. Each student will have a different set of insights on what whats and hows of learning about propaganda. Reflection and metacognition can help you discover and make connections as you synthesize the big (and sometimes personal) takeaways from this class.

Make a Listicle of the Top 10 Insights. Create a blog entry where you identify your “Top 10 Insights on Learning about Propaganda” and justify why these insights are meaningful and important. Your insights may address what you learned, how you learned, or why it matters. In your listicle, be sure to offer a catchy heading for each of the 10 insights, along with a descriptive paragraphs with more information and details. Here you can explain ideas using a combination of hyperlinks and (author-date) citation to refer to specific learning activities as well as resources from the course readings and videos. In reflecting on your key insights, you will of course make connections to your own life, reflecting on your past, present and future. Use a Works Cited list at the bottom of your blog for the materials that you reference or quote from. Use images as appropriate to make your blog entry more attractive and readable. Expected length: 2,500 – 3,500 words.

Create a Spark Video. Create a Spark Video where you highlight 3 of the most important, troubling or interesting of your Top 10 Insights, using a combination of language, images and music to express key ideas. This video should not be longer than 4 minutes.

Criteria for Evaluation

1. I have created a listicle of “Top 10 Insights on Learning about Propaganda” to describe and consider the key information and ideas explored in this course. My listicle offers some description of concepts, information and ideas that were personally meaningful to me.

2. I have reflected authentically on my learning in this class, considering how I engaged with the learning activities and assignments as an online learner.

3. My Spark Video presents highlights of the listicle to a target audience of adults with interest in the topic who have not yet studied propaganda through taking an online university course. The quality is near-professional and it uses an effective combination of language, images and music to capture audience interest and express key ideas.

4. My Listicle and my Spark Video are both posted to my blog and I have included a Works Cited list in APA format on my blog to document all sources used in the development of the project. I have tweeted a link to my work using the #COM416 hashtag.