For all of the options, you are required to integrate
two sources into your essay to support your argument.
whatever topic you choose, you may write on the
same topic for writing assignment #3, the research-supported essay.
If you decide to write on this topic for both
writing assignment #2 and writing assignment #3, you will be expanding on your
argument and finding more sources for the essay for writing assignment #3.
Causes or Effects of Technology and Education
In selecting this option, you would analyze
reliable, scholarly information available on technological innovations or
trends in education.
Our discussions in the class up to this point
might be helpful for you as you consider ideas for this topic.
You might analyze any one of the following.
These are just examples. Many approaches are possible for this topic.
• The potential impact of Massive Open Online
Courses (MOOCs) on higher education. You might focus on a particular field of
study for this choice.
• The impact of online courses on education. You
might focus on a particular field of study for this choice.
• The impact of digital media on online courses
• The impact of the computer on writing courses
or courses in other disciplines
• The impact of certain forms of technology on
reading skills or reading habits
The impact of video games on a school’s
Other Tips to Consider:?For
this essay, you will analyze either the causes of a phenomenon or the effects
of a phenomenon. Please choose one of these two strategies for your essay.
Students sometimes try to analyze both causes
and effects. Please do not take this approach.
The length and breadth of this essay is not
sufficient to allow you to analyze both causes and effects in a thorough
fashion. For example, if you write about the impact of online classes on
education, you would analyze the causes (e.g., what factors led to the rise of
online classes) or the effects (e.g., what happens when certain classes are
In addition, this is not a persuasive essay.
Your opinion or response, if it comes out in your essay, should not be the
focus of the essay. The causes or effects should be the focus of the essay.
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