EID100 final project manual – 5 easy steps!

This is a guide created for students in the EID100 course to help them with producing an awesome final project!

May your projects be as awesome as this cat

It is important to note the project is worth 20% of your total mark in the course. It will be due on midnight one week before the last day of the semester, projects are to be submitted via twitter with the tags @EID100_ru and #EID100project. This will be very similar to the way weekly modules are submitted.

There is no file for the project, everything you need to know is in the syllabus.

The syllabus = everything

You will be randomly assigned into groups of 4–5 students who can be from any of the class sections (so some of your group may not be in your classes). The point of this inter-section grouping is to get students to leverage and use social networking platforms in order to accomplish a group project. You will be penalized 25% if you do not work in a group.

No I in team

Step 1- Find and contact your group members

Go to your D2L courses, open EID100, go to content, click on ‘groups’. Find your name and contact your fellow group members and start talking and brainstorming on a social platform. My group used ‘Slack’, as well as google document sharing. Hopefully all your group mates respond (there is a form you can fill out to notify your instructor if someone doesn’t respond, its under ‘HELP & FEEDBACK’ in contents) try and work as a team and have your group mates backs.

Not how you want your group project to go!

Step 2 – Read the instructions

The instructions are in the course outline, your task is to create one of the fallowing:

  1. A 3–5 minute edited video (PSA or educational)
  2. A branded blog with minimum 5 posts
  3. A detailed infographic
  4. A 15–20 slide shareable online presentation

You will use one of the options to teach a concept to a well defined target audience (examples: seniors- define target audience- 65+years old in Toronto, or maybe young mothers under 25 years old in Africa) you can chose any audience as long as you define it well.

OR you may use upper year high school students in Toronto.

Here are some useful videos and articles that will help you:

How to make a PSA video
Different applications which can be used to edit videos on your phones and more

How to make good blog posts + some templates:

Some free websites you can use to make an infographic:

How to create an engaging presentation

Step 3 – make a plan

Devise a plan of action with your group members, brainstorm your ideas, and be creative. Brainstorming is a very imoportant step in producing an A+ project, you NEED to organize your thoughts and ideas on paper in actual writing in order to be able to use the best ideas, brain storming increases your problem solving and your critical thinking abilities, you will be able to easily connect your ideas, and discuss them with your group members. Watch these videos on how to successfully brainstorm:

First brainstorm your ideas
Then bring your ideas to the group and brain storm together

Step 4 – create

You should now create your project:

  • You should aim to extensively use material from the course, draw on both lectures (+ videos) and course readings to make your project.
  • You should use at least 1 external academic source and at least 1 professional source OR you may use several external academic sources. (Don’t forget to reference -refer to number 7)
  • Make sure you don’t have any grammar mistakes, no spelling errors, and no typos.
  • Stick to the conventional style of the medium you have chosen.
  • Your material should be interesting and should be targeted at your selected audience. Try and make the concept you are teaching relatable to the audiences’ every day lives. For this you should think about your target audience and what their characteristics are, for example, seniors may not know how to use technology at all, younger generations may already be using technology but may not be using it to their fullest potential or getting the most of it for their unique needs, or they might not understand the security issues that were discussed in this course.
  • Any audio or video should be clear and edited with no mistakes.
  • All images, music, infographics, etc. must be CC licensed and references should be included, you can source using the HTML link or reference in APA format.
References are not only important, they are also cool!

Step 5 – submit

Submit your project using twitter with the tags @EID100_ru and #EID100project.

Pro tip: Start early and give yourself plenty of time in order to avoid panic and stress.

Panicking is not good!

Good luck! :)

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