Feb. 20 Discussion & Workshop

IDScholars get ready to share and discuss RA’s and AP’s they’ve been Brainstorming. Photo: Bonnie Toomey


I. Round Robin Share & Discuss

*Select a research article topic and applied project idea and get ready to share and discuss your ideas in small groups. Form a circle of 5-6 members.

Pitch Protocol: Member 1

Each member will get one minute to pitch their ideas for both the research article (RA) and the applied Project (AP). Members please consider the following points for pitch:

1. Explain your interest in your RA and AP topics.

2. Name a minimum of two, preferably three, disciplines from which you’ll draw.

3. Talk about how you plan to gather your sources from where/who.

4. Note the history, background, relevance of your topic.

5. Address an issue in your field of study and connect your topic.

6. What do you hope others will gain from your research? Research which may become a publishable part of an open source education for other researchers in your field?

7. How do you see your applied Project benefiting members beyond yourself, your peers, and your academic community?

Round Robin style, Member 2 recants what s/he heard from Member 1’s pitch in their own words.

Members 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 should ask questions about either RA, AP, or both.

Member 1 addresses members’ questions and reflects for 1 minute.

Each group member takes a turn pitching, recanting, and asking questions.

Finally, democratically choose 1 member’s brainstorm ePort blogpost to visit, comment on, and share @bonniejtoomey and @member #IDSsem using Twitter.


II. Writing the RA Prospectus With Freedom and Room to Develop

Provide as much as you can as you consider the research article prospectus and the applied project prospectus below. They are quite similar, but have unique characteristics. Do your best to address all segments. Provide some response even if you’re not settled yet, and let those ideas serve as place holders to get you started.  You will further develop your ideas as you begin to dig into the RA Prospectus and the AP Prospectus over the next few days. The purpose of this exercise is to get you as researcher and as actor moving by seeing in writing how you might intend to approach your plans for both your research article and your applied project. If you are not sure, using your RA/AP ideas you brought today, your round robin group experience, your gut and your knowledge, simply begin to write. Allow yourself the freedom and room to make mistakes. Every great final draft starts with a simple first draft. *When you feel you have a draft that is ready, you should post to your ePort and share on our Spreadsheet by next week.


**Important Note: RA and AP are due on 5/8 not 5/15.

III. Writing the AP Prospectus


Sharing ideas makes the world go around...

Starman could be your child someday

Launching ideas is work and can also be fun. Falcon Heavy SpaceX on February 6, 2018 at Kennedy Space Center. Additional photos are available at SpaceX’s Flickr site: www.flickr.com/spacexphotos

Learning happens when we spend time with the people we love and trust and look up to. Learning should also have an element of fun, after all, learning can be challenging, as it should be, right? I hope parents everywhere got to watch the launch with their kids. Spending time to take in historical and pivotal moments like this with our kids will stick with them as they grow.

Read my latest column about brainstorming, learning, work, and having fun as it relates to the incredible SpaceX launch of Falcon Heavy on February 6, 2018 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Elon Musk could’ve gone with conventional concrete blocks as payload, but where’s the fun in that?
Additional photos are available at SpaceX’s Flickr site: www.flickr.com/spacexphotos


Sharing ideas makes the world go around...