Instructional Resources: Synthesis Process Guide

Instructional Resources: Synthesis Process Guide

Instructional Resources: Synthesis Process Guide

1. Access the Synthesis Tasks through your Blackboard course.

Each step of the Synthesis Task is found in each Learning Module in Blackboard, (Step 1 in Module 1, Step 2 in Module 2, Step 3 in Module 3, etc…)

2. Understand the purpose and scope of the Synthesis process and project.

The Synthesis process in each Learning Module leads to the creation of a final creative project at the end of the semester.

3. Utilize the resources provided by Blackboard and The LEAF Project.

Each Synthesis step has additional resources that will help you successfully complete the task.

4. Read the directions for each step carefully.

The Devil’s in the details. Make sure to read all directions, even if you have done this before in a previous class.

5. Create proper headings and formatting for each Synthesis submission.

This is related to properly reading and following directions. We need to know who you are and what is your topic!

6. Evaluate your grade using the grading rubric.

Each step of the Synthesis process is individually graded using a grading rubric. Check the rubric for feedback and details. Correct any steps that are lacking in any way, since each step builds on the previous ones.  Substandard work in Steps 1-5 will most likely lead to a poor final project in Step 6!

7. Explore the different tools that The LEAF Project provides.

The LEAF Project provides theme and topic examples, free digital resources, and examples of works created in the past.

8. Ask questions if you do not understand a part of the process.

Utilize the “El Café” or “Le Café” open forum to communicate any questions or concerns with your instructor.

9. Look ahead to see where the next step leads.

All Learning Modules in Blackboard are unlocked and open for viewing at any time. Make sure to look ahead to prepare for upcoming tasks!

10. Make sure that the topic resonates with you!

This project is for YOU! Choose a project topic and creative interpretation that you find interesting and fun. The final step should show us something about you as well!

Synthesis Step #1
Objectives:

  • Assess your critical thinking and information management skills.
  • Increase your working knowledge of the FLCC Library and The Writing Center.
  • Verify your understanding of the 6-step Synthesis Project process.

Goals:

  • Follow a six-step research process, one Synthesis Task per Learning Module.
  • Utilize your research to assemble a creative project for Synthesis Step 6.

Resources:

Directions:

  • Please click on, and study, ALL of the linked resources above.
  • After studying the resources, answer the following questions (in English) in a submission to this task.

Questions:

  • Q1: What is the full name of the library facility at FLCC?
  • Q2: What are the first and last names of at least TWO Academic Librarians at FLCC?
  • Q3: Name the THREE types of BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION STYLE SHEETS available from the FLCC Library website.
  • Q4: Who is the Director of the Writing Center (The Write Place) at FLCC?
  • Q5: Name the primary objective of each of the six Synthesis Task Steps, as explained in Learning Modules 1-6.

Synthesis Step #2
Objectives:

  • Assess your critical thinking and information management skills.
  • Reflect on a topic related to Hispanic culture that is of interest to you
  • Submit a research topic related to Hispanic culture for your creative project.

Goals:

  • Follow a six-step research process, one Synthesis Step per Learning Module.
  • Utilize your research to assemble a creative project at the end of Synthesis Step 6.

Resources:

Directions:

  • Please click on, and study, ALL of the linked resources above.
  • Think about any topic in Hispanic culture that interests you! Make sure to narrow down your topic to a specific area / country / people.
  • Try and find a topic that relates to your field of study or career path (education, business, travel and tourism, medical, legal, agriculture, social service, military, law enforcement, etc.) – this will make your research more meaningful to you.
  • Again, BE SPECIFIC. Not just “food” – but the history / culture / anthropological significance of a specific food item or dish from a specific region/people. Not just “education” – but the education policies and practices in a specific region or country. Not just “music” – but a specific type / time period / location / artist. Topics that are too general will be docked points!

Synthesis Step #3
Objectives:

  • Assess your critical thinking and information management skills.
  • Create an MLA-formatted bibliography

Goals:

  • Follow a six-step research process, one Synthesis Step per Learning Module.
  • Using your approved topic from Synthesis Step 2, conduct preliminary research to identify AT LEAST FIVE credible sources that support your research topic.
  • Assemble an MLA-formatted bibliography from the sources that you’ve identified.
  • This task is designed to help guide you through the research process and select credible sources in order to prepare an academic MLA-formatted bibliography.

Resources:

Directions:

  • Please click on, and study, ALL of the linked resources above.
  • Find at least FIVE RELIABLE sources of information related to your topic (NOT Wikipedia) and create an MLA-formatted bibliography (in English).
  • More than five sources is encouraged – but not required. Feel free to use as many sources as you would like!
  • We understand that, because of Blackboard formatting limitations, your MLA formatted post may appear … different … when submitted to Blackboard. We will be checking for proper formatting and information, but not for fonts, spacing, and indentation. (Blackboard loves to mess that up …)

Synthesis Step #4
Objectives:

  • Assess your critical thinking and information management skills.
  • Create an MLA-formatted annotated bibliography.

Goals:

  • Follow a six-step research process, one Synthesis Step per Learning Module.
  • Using your approved bibliography from Synthesis Step 3, ANNOTATE your MLA-formatted bibliography (in English) in order to further examine your resources and research!
  • This task is designed to guide you through the process of evaluating your research and determining the quality of your resources on your way to assembling your final creative project.

Resources:

Directions:

  • Please click on, and study, ALL of the linked resources above.
  • Using your approved bibliography from Synthesis: Module 3, ANNOTATE your MLA-formatted bibliography (in English)!
  • More than five sources is encouraged – but not required. Feel free to use as many sources as you would like!
  • Keep in mind that you are NOT presenting your research in this step! You are simply explaining the TYPES of information each of your sources provide (biographical, historical, statistical, etc.) and the way(s) in which you anticipate you will be able to incorporate that information in Synthesis Step 5. If, upon evaluating your sources, you find that any of them aren’t helpful after all, this is the step in which you can ditch them and replace them with others as preparation for presenting your research in Synthesis Step 5.

Synthesis Step #5
Objectives:

  • Assess your critical thinking and information management skills.
  • Extract information from your research to use in your final project.

Goals:

  • Follow a six-step research process, one Synthesis Step per Learning Module.
  • Using your approved MLA bibliography and MLA annotated bibliography from Synthesis Steps 3 and 4, write 10 (or more) paragraphs to use as building blocks for the final stage of the creative project.
  • This task is designed to guide you through the process of efficiently extracting information from your resources and transforming it into something you can use in your final creative project in Module 6.

Resources:

Directions:

  • Please click on, and study, ALL of the linked resources above.
  • Create 10 (or more) Paragraphs containing facts from your research.
  • Cite each fact with an in-text citation. (MLA In-text citations are REQUIRED!)
  • Each Paragraph should be at least 4 – 6 complete sentences in length (in English).
  • Each Paragraph should be written in YOUR OWN WORDS – NOT copied/pasted from another website. (PLAGIARISM ALERT!)
  • DO NOT use any direct quotes in any of your paragraphs! In an assignment of this length, you are expected to use YOUR OWN WORDS to convey your researched information!
  • As you choose your facts, keep in mind how you can creatively present these in your final project (Module 6 – Synthesis Step 6)
  • Proofread your Paragraphs before submitting them to Blackboard!  We STRONGLY ADVISE you to consult with the FLCC Writing Center (The Write Place) for editing help!

Synthesis Step #6

Objectives:

  • Assess your critical thinking and information management skills.
  • Follow a six-step research process, one Synthesis Task per Learning Module.
  • Create a creative project synthesizing the information from your research.

Goals:

  • Combine your research from the previous Synthesis Steps, and your own creative ability, to design a final CREATIVE project that will teach your classmates about your topic in an interesting and engaging way.
  • Choose a medium that lends itself to a CREATIVE presentation of this culminating step of your Synthesis project.
  • This task is designed to foster critical thinking skills and have you take your research beyond the step of a traditional essay to an imaginative representation of your researched facts.

Resources:

Directions:

  • Please click on, and study, ALL of the linked resources above.
  • Your Step 6 Creative Project submission should clearly illustrate the following criteria (in English!):
    • A proper heading. 
    • Re-state your Synthesis research topic (in English)
    • Your 10 (or more) paragraphs are clearly related to the type of creative expression that you chose to illustrate.
      (If you chose an artist … it makes sense that your creative expression features art, artistic principles, designs, examples, collages, etc.)
      (If you chose food … it makes sense that your creative expression features a prepared dish, recipes, pictures, video, serving it to family/friends, etc.)
    • If your topic relates to your specific area of study or career path, your 10 paragraphs are clearly relevant to your studies/future career.
    • Your project should illustrate that you have internalized and truly learned something from the research experience.
    • Your project should show an obvious effort to research, understand, and reach out to different Hispanic cultures.
    • Advice: Think outside the box! Do something different, wild, unusual! Do something that you probably wouldn’t do in other classes.
    • Advice: YOU CAN NOT USE POSTERS, POWERPOINT or PREZI.
    • Advice: YOU CAN NOT WRITE AN ESSAY. (However, “Creative Writing” is acceptable.)
    • Advice: If you have any questions, ASK YOUR PROFESSOR!
  • You MUST submit your DIGITAL WORK in this Blackboard Task (a link, etc.) so your Professor will have a submission to which your project grade can be attached.
  • You can enter an internet URL (http://www.something.com/….) to link your online project in the Synthesis Step 6 Task – SUBMISSION area (recommended!)
  • You must be 100% sure that your Professor can access and open your project at any time. We are NOT accountable if we can’t open your project! It’s perfectly OK (and encouraged!) to check with your Professor to verify that he/she is indeed able to open your project – but don’t wait until the last minute to do this!  If your submission cannot be opened by the Professor by the due date posted in the Course Calendar, you will receive a ‘0’ for this step of the project.

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