Format: APA-style citations and Reference list, links to source material
Sources: 2-3 authoritative and appropriate sources (see below for more details)
Blogs are an easy way for scholars to communicate about their research since they can write and publish them themselves. Universities and research organizations can also write and publish them with little investment but potentially big returns by getting the news about the research out there. They can also be used communicate the latest information with other researchers.
For this assignment, you will write a blog post communicating a particular research study to a general audience. Besides the original research article you are reporting on, you will include 2-3 sources that provide additional commentary. Here is an example student blogpost.
The additional sources do not have to be scholarly, peer-reviewed research, but they should be authoritative and appropriate. Authoritative sources might be newspaper article (Links to an external site.)s, tweets by those whose voice(s) will provide a credible perspective (Links to an external site.), or government data (Links to an external site.) (these are just some examples; there are many other kinds of linkable source materials out there).
The sources should also be appropriate. For example, for an audience of adults, you wouldn’t want to link NASA’s Picture Dictionary explanation of a docking port (Links to an external site.), but rather the more advanced description (Links to an external site.).
COMPLETING THE TASK
1. Choose one of the following scholarly articles to use for the blog post. They are all in your textbook. You may be able to find them online as well:
Writing with Teachers: A Conversation with Peter Elbow; Being a Writer vs. Being an Academic: A Conflict in Goals by D. Bartholomae and P. Elbow (in your textbook Ch. 14 Writing, Identity, and Technology)
Positive Psychology Progress: Empirical Validation of Interventions by M. Seligman, T. Steen, N. Park, and C. Peterson (in your textbook Ch. 14 Writing, Identity, and Technology)
Meeting the Demands of the Workplace: Science Students and Written Skills by F. E. Gray, L. Emerson, and B. Mackay
2. Read the text once without stopping to get the general idea — what’s being argued and how it is being supported. Then read it a second time to note key words, summarize main points, and identify the supporting details.
3. Consider your audience. The audience will have little to no education or knowledge about the topic. Research language is too technical for them. They are not interested in scientific methodology and don’t understand obscure acronyms and jargon. They need complex topics explained clearly, using non-technical language.
4. Organize the information in a clear way appropriate for a general audience.
5. Determine what information your audience might want further information or confirmation about and research sources to bring in and link in your post. Consider the skills you learned about synthesizing information.
5. When writing, consider how the topic can be related to the audience. They need to feel there’s a reason for them to know this information. Make sure they can recognize why the topic is important and worth reading. Be very careful that you don’t plagiarize.
6. Include the following in your post:
Title – should help relate the research to the audience’s daily life, be interesting and informative
Bio – Add a picture and short bio to establish ethos, appropriate contact information (email, social media, etc.)
Format – paragraphs, headings/subheadings to guide the reader and break up the page, sans serif fonts, wide left and right margins (1.5”-2”), use images and give appropriate credit, use white space (empty space on the page) to un-clutter the page
Content – avoid distractive information and bulky constructions of language, define all jargon and abbreviations, use conversational or informal tone as appropriate