Publish Your Final Project in a Peer-Reviewed Journal

Logo for TheJUMP journal

There’s a peer-reviewed, online journal out there that’s made for your final projects. No, seriously.

TheJUMP (Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects) is specifically designed to publish pieces just like the ones you’re working on.

Submitting is really easy. Right after you turn in your final project to me, head to TheJUMP‘s submission information page, create a log-in, and share the link to your project there. (In fact, they previously have published a project that was created by a student using Wix, as you are; to check it out, click here for the project’s info page and then look for the “click here to go to Project” link.)

Here’s what will happen after you submit your piece to them (which I’ve pasted in from their submission information page):

Upon receiving a submission, TheJUMP Editors view the project and send it out to two members of our editorial collective for blind-review.  Those reviewers make a decision in regards to the quality of the project and its fit for TheJUMP.  In so doing, they rank the project on a four point scale: 4 – accept and publish as is (or with very minor revisions); 3 – publish with revisions; 2 – revise and resubmit; 1 – reject.  For all submissions, our reviewers evaluate the work based on its overall quality, how well it fits with the assignment that gave rise to it, its timeliness and/or potential impact for our audience, and so on.  Beyond that, they view each submission as a “teachable moment” and attempt to provide feedback in such a manner as to help the student author(s) improve the overall quality of the work.

So even if you’re not sure your piece is up to publication standards yet, don’t worry: the editors will walk you through a process to help you get it there.

Think of how useful this could be to you: on your resume, you could put, “Peer-reviewed journal publication.” Makes you look pretty good.

(Notice the variety of rhetorical appeals I’m using to convince you to submit….)

Image from http://jump.dwrl.utexas.edu/.

Citing Images from Flickr

The assignment page for the Practice Wix Assignment has a lot of info on citing images–just scroll down to the bottom.

But sometimes it’s hard to find the title and author of the photo on Flickr, which you’ll need for your citations (whether you’re using MLA or APA style). That’s what this video is designed to do: to show you where to get that info on Flickr.

Enjoy!

How to Predict Your Final Grade

If you’d like to do some educated guessing about what your final grade will be, this is the post for you.

I’ve made a simple spreadsheet to help you calculate your grade; it’s right here. (It’s .xlsx format, made in Excel.)

It’s easy: log into Moodle to find your grades in each category, then return to the spreadsheet and fill in what you found in Moodle, and then guess what you think you might get on the rest. (You can’t leave anything blank, or it won’t work.)

Enjoy!

Brainstorming for the Final Project

I’ve had a number of email exchanges with many of you about how to narrow your ideas for the final project. I’ve enjoyed these emails (keep them coming!), but I’ve also noticed that my responses are starting to fall into a pattern. So it makes sense for me to share my “standard” advice here for everyone.

Not everyone will need to do all these steps. They’re really more for those who walked through the exercises we did in class on Monday (10/21) and still feel as lost as ever.

First Steps

Let’s assume that you’re writing something about education, but you don’t know what. (If you’re not writing about education, just fit your own words into the search terms I suggest.)

  • Do some more brainstorming, specifically about technology and education. Make a big list of every digital technology that is used by everyone involved in education—from the teacher’s side, the administration’s side, the student’s side, the parent’s side, the government’s side, and anyone else you can think of. Does anything in your list strike a chord in you?
  • I’ve used this page on invention from Paradigm Online Writing Assistant in a number of classes over the yeras. It has lots more exercises to help you plumb the depths of what you already know.
  • Try searching education technology site:edu  and see what comes up—it will bring any university website that includes both the words education and technology (though not necessarily next to each other). Are there any results that make you say, “Oh yeah! I hadn’t thought of that”?
  • Head to scholar.google.com and try a search for education technology (or maybe some related terms) Even if you can’t access full text articles right away, what issues seem to be brought up a lot? What kinds of ideas do people latch onto when discussing the game in an academic context? (And any article you find there can be accessed, either through our library databases or through an interlibrary loan.)

 Next Steps

Then, if you’re still stumped, I would go to the online databases where you can get the really good scholarly stuff that isn’t available on Google. (If you don’t know what a scholarly journal article is, here’s a solid 3-minute video.) We’ll go over this in class on Friday (10/25), but here’s the short version of how to get in:

  1. Head to the Howard Colman Library home page: http://www.rockford.edu/?HCL
  2. Scroll down to the “I’m SEARCHING for…” section and click “Advanced search” under Journal Articles (not under Books).
  3. If you’re off campus, you’ll have to log in.
  4. Now you should see a big circle in the upper left that says “EBSCO Host,” which means you’re in the database, with access to all kinds of scholarly stuff you can’t find on Google.
  5. Click the box that says “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.”
  6. Type something in the search box and see what comes up. I tried searching education technology and got 32,581 scholarly articles on the topic. (To further narrow, I looked on the left bar of the search results page, clicked “Subject,” and then clicked “show more” to see a box with lots of possible subjects. Clicking one of those makes the results much more manageable.)

I would do a 15-minute browse of those and see if they spark any ideas. And of course, the best articles you find can be saved or printed. (I like to then add the articles to a new note in Evernote so I can access them easily whenever I want.)

Hope this helps! Happy brainstorming!

Extra Credit Opportunity

I mentioned in class before break that there would be an extra credit opportunity related to some upcoming library workshops. This is your official announcement about those. Here’s how it will work:

  • First you’ll attend one of the following four library workshops described in this portal post. (If you attend more than one, you can only get extra credit once. Sorry.)
    • October 23: 7:00PM — APA & MLA citation: Citing sources for academic papers to avoid plagiarism; Location: 5100 — Computer Lab Room 115
    • November 6: 7:00PM — Advanced Search Techniques: Develop effective search strategies; Location: 5100 — Computer Lab Room 115 UPDATED LOCATION: Howard Colman Library, Rare Book Room
    • November 20: 7:00PM — The Research Process: Demonstrate key steps for refining and researching a topic; Location: 5100 — Computer Lab Room 115
    • December 4: 7:00PM — Open Forum: Pre-final exam cram session. Snacks will be provided; Location: Howard Colman Library — Rare Book Room
  • Take a picture of yourself at the event and get it to me somehow. (Email is fine, or you could attach it to a tweet to @rhet351.) Perhaps you could get a picture of yourself with Rachael the librarian, or anything else that shows that you’re really there.
  • Once I get your proof-of-attendance, I’ll exclude your lowest 20-point score in the small assignments category. That’s not exactly the same as giving you a full 20/20; instead, it will be as if that assignment never existed. (Ask me if you’d like to see the math.)

That’s it!

Timestamp Wrong on Your Post? You’re Not the Only One!

On the morning after RA3 was due, I found four emails from students in my inbox. All of them said essentially the same thing: that they posted RA3 on time (while it was still October 14), but that the blog incorrectly claimed that it had been posted on October 15th, a day late.

I believe you. Don’t worry.

But here’s what I suspect is happening: I bet WordPress thinks you live in a different timezone than you actually do. And fixing it is easy:

1. Go to the dashboard of your blog. (I usually go to wordpress.com > log in > My blogs > Blog Admin, but there are lots of ways to get there.)

2. From the dashboard screen, click “Settings” in the left column, toward the bottom.

3. On the settings screen, look for Timezone, and select “UTC-5” from the drop-down. (This means that you live five hours before Coordinated Universal Time, which is pretty much the same as Greenwich Mean Time, over in England.) (If you want to see people argue over details that you probably don’t care about, check out the UTC talk page…. Gracious.)

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You’re done! Fixing this probably won’t go back and fix the timestamp on your post (though it might–I’m not sure). But it should fix any future posts.

So why is this a problem all of a sudden, but not for previous projects? I suspect it’s because you’ve never had a deadline close to midnight before, so it didn’t matter. Here’s how you can think about it:

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Um, at least that’s how I think it works. Feel free to contradict me. (Or praise my awesome skills in Paint.)