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Policy Position Short Paper (30 points: 20 from final paper, 10 from participation)
You will write an individual paper that supports your position on a policy topic of your choice, supported by collaborative research and peer evaluation that will be completed on this website.

Selecting a Topic
On the top page of the site, there are several issues that are open for debate. If you would like to address a different issue, you may post your suggestions by following the link suggest an issue. If your topic is approved, it will appear in the main list of open topics.

(1) Effectiveness at using print, web, and other sources efficiently and wisely, (2) Ability to contribute to the work of others, (3) Ability to write a coherent, well-structured policy position paper.

This assignment consists of five parts. Your participation in the first four collaborative parts of this assignment will be logged and will count toward your final, individual paper grade.

1. Select a topic and find some resources to share with the class.
2. Read up on your topic and evaluate the resources you've read.
3. Articulate your own position, based on what you've learned.
4. Evaluate your peers' arguments.
5. Revise your own position using your peer evaluations.

-DueDirectionsWhat to do online
1Jan. 25Select a topic and add your username to that issue page. Find 2-3 resources that address the issue you have chosen and post them on the “resources” page on the public policy discussion site along with a few lines about their content.

Please try to find resources about your own topic. You may also contribute resources to other topics. References to print or other non-Googled sources will count as strong contributions! You must include at least one peer-reviewed source. Please include references that will allow others to find the sources.
Go to the page labeled positions for the issue you have selected, click "edit" at the top of the page and add your username to the list of people who will address that topic.

When you have found a resource you'd like to contribute, go to the page labeled resources for the appropriate issue and follow the guidelines for adding a resource.
2Jan. 27Evaluate 2-3 resources that have been posted for point of view, accuracy and bias. Evaluate your own sources as well as one or more contributed by others.Ideally, each resource should have at least two evaluations. (Feel free to disagree with others, there may not be one right answer!) Add a page for evaluations if one does not already exist and provide your assessment of the resource. Follow the example at the top of every resources page if you aren't sure what to do.
3Feb. 10
Feb 15
Create a web page with your individual position on the topic using what you learned in the first part of the assignment. This is a draft. The final paper will be 1200-1600 words.Now you get to create your own position page and start articulating your own opinion.

You can create a position page by summarizing your position in one sentence and making it a link to a new page from the positions page. For example: *The US should ban cats*
You could summarize your position and just link back to your user page and write your paper draft there. Example: The US should ban cats ~*aliengirl*
(In this case, make sure there's a place for people to leave you evaluations if you lock your userpage.)
-Mar. 29
Mar. 28-Apr. 1
Next week your peers will be evaluating your policy arguments. Take a look, make sure what you wrote at the beginning of the semester still reflects what you know, believe, and can support!-
4Apr. 5
Apr. 2-7
Evaluate the arguments given by two of your peers and post your comments online. Choose an argument that does not already have more than three evaluators working on it. Be constructive! You can add evaluations and comments on others' arguments in many different ways. Be respectful!

You may wish to add your evaluations to the bottom of their page. Or you could create links within their text if there is a passage you want to comment on, simply by adding asterisks (*)around the passage you want to comment on to create a new page for comments.
5Apr. 14
Apr. 7-19 (DUE 19th!)
Review comments on your paper, revise your argument for final submission. Your final paper should be 1200-1600 words. Post your original online and email a copy to professor Barke following the formatting guidelines below.Edit your page as needed!

Papers must be posted on the web site and also submitted to the professor by email (Word, 12-point Times font, file name “PolicyPaper_[your name].” The paper should use twelve-point Times font, one-inch margins all around. References should be in the text in the form (Burdell 1982, 17) with the list of references at the end, not in footnotes. Footnotes to explain or elaborate on the text may be used, but sparingly.

Citations should be in the form

Book: George P. Burdell. 1982. The History of Georgia Tech. Atlanta: Georgia Tech Press.

Article: Chan Gailey. 2001. “The Secrets of ACC Football,” Sports Today 10: 51-68.

Chapter: G. Wayne Clough. 2000. “The Future of Georgia Tech.” In Educating the Future Engineer: From Equations to Equality, edited by Michael Johnson and Cynthia Smith, 181-199. Washington: University Press.

Web: Nancy Diamond and Hugh Davis Graham, “How Should We Rate Research Universities?” [web page] Feb 2001; [Accessed 16 Mar 2001].

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