Independent Work Day

April 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today  you do not have to come to class. The classroom is available for you to work with your group if you choose to come.

I would target to finish your learning adventure and problem solving project today, except the presentation, reflection, and revision of your problem solving project.

Problem Solving Project Clarifications

Here is a copy of clarifications about problem solving project that I emailed all of you:


Your group is working to identify one problem, and your evidence may come from multiple sources. Solutions may be one or more depending on your suggested solutions.  You can show evidence regarding why the problem is problem. For example, if you are working on the parking situations in downtown, you may provide evidence that there is limited space compared to demand according to Athens Banner Herald. You should also provide evidence for your suggested solution to prove that your solution is actually effective and plausible. For example, your solution is building a 10 story parking deck, you should provide the parking deck offers parking spaces matching the demand and the city will make a  return on investment by charging X amount of dollar.

Google Doc is for your group members to collect and share various thoughts and findings. This will show me how your group worked together to brainstorm your possible problems, amass evidence, and reach the agreement of the solutions.

The presentation of your problem solving project should last about 7-10 minutes. Your presentation should give a synopsis of the project. You can use the diagram depicted of the problem solving process as your outline: Problem identification/ definition, evidence, and solution. The following examples should give you some idea how to organize your presentations even though the concept map is not included in these presentations, your presentation should include your group’s concept map. The concept map shows the big picture of the relationships between the problem, evidence, and solution. The concept map only contain the keywords of each.

UGA Bus system:

UGA Dining Hall:  (I requested the owner of this document to change the sharing setting so you can see it)

UGA Football Tickets:

Overall, it is an open-ended project. It requires your critical thinking skills to identify, evaluate, and select information for your chosen topic. However you present your problem solving process is up to you. I hope you have fun and learn.


View the project description pages:


20% Project

A complete information about 20% project is found on the left menu bar of our blog.

20% project will be graded upon the following Rubric. This rubric is to give you an idea what is expected of blog postings, product, and presentation.

What to make for your product

We will explore some tools that may work well to present your findings for your 20% project. Many video tutorials are available on YouTube on how to use the listed tools for educational purposes. Go to YouTube and type the app name and explore some of the tutorials for inspirations and technical how-to.

Free website tools:

Here are some tools that let you create a website. They provide various templates that fits your needs.

Google Site


Online poster: Organize multimedia in a meaningful way in one screen.

  • Glogster is a social site that lets users mash up music, photos, videos, and pretty much anything else you’d like. It’s a great way to create learning materials.
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Padlet: Leadership

Some other tools:

  • Compile readings and videos to teach on a topic and facilitate a discussion on the topic with your followers
  • Educreations–Create your video lessons
  • MOOKLET– create your own e-books (free)
  • Openzine – create an online magazine.
  • Scribd – free magazine creator site 
  • Smore – free newsletter creator

PART 2: Design your product

As you design your product, what do you need to consider? No matter what you are making, what are some essential things you need to convey?

Work with your group to help you design your product.

1. Each team member will present their driving question, target audience, and product ideas. Define the purpose of your product.

2. Brainstorm with your team members what your video should contain and what are some effective ways toeliver your message.


Define your site’s content areas

If you are making a website, think about the navigation structure and menus.  Should you have a particular flow visitors follows? Or can they go freely from one menu to the other?

Defining your content areas will help you to develop your navigational structure.
First, analyze the content you already have in your Blog and decide which pieces should be added to your website.Use only the content that will be useful to your users.
Next, list all of the content areas that your users will want to find on your site. The ideal way to do this is to ask a wide sampling of actual users (who are members of your target audiences) what they will be seeking. If you do not have access to actual users, ask your team members what they will want to find on your site. Once you’ve done this, you may need to set aside any user goals that are not practical to include in the scope of your project. Also, you may need to add items your key stakeholders want to include.

This Information Architecture guide gives you an in-depth idea about what to watch out for when you create a website.

In your 20% project blog, please add the URL to your finished product so that visitors can see the product.

For Tuesday:

Be prepared to give presentation about your problem solving project.

We will talk about how to present your 20% project. You will continue working on creating your product.




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