Week 3 – Discussion ENG122: English Composition II ASHFORD UNIVERSITY
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above and the Grading Criteria link below for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Objectivity and Bias [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 2, 3, 4]
In this discussion, we’ll continue to build an argument that is appropriate for the rhetorical situation. Through this discussion, you will consider the opinions, assumptions, and biases that may impact your objectivity.
Review the discussion grading criteria, read What Lies Beneath the Surface by Joy Meads, and watch the full video Mind Bugs | Mahzarin R. Banaji | TEDxBari (Links to an external site.) from TEDx Talks on YouTube.
Then, log on to Project Implicit (Links to an external site.) and take at least one implicit association test (IAT). There are many tests to choose from. You do not have to register or log in. You can take any test(s) as an unregistered “guest” by clicking the orange “GO!” button. Pay close attention to the instructions for each section of the IAT. The rules change!
After learning about the IAT and taking the test online, think about your results and the explanation provided by the website. Are the results surprising to you? Do you trust the outcome of the IAT? How did you feel while taking the test and how did you feel when you received the results? Were some parts of the IAT easier than others?
Think about the possible biases, assumptions, and opinions that may be influencing your work in this class. Will Mead’s ten strategies for overcoming unconscious bias help you compose a more objective argument?
Share what you learned from your IAT experience and relate it to Meads’ ten strategies for overcoming unconscious bias.
remind the class of your research question and share your working thesis statement (See Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.)),
identify your personal opinions, experiences, assumptions, and associations with the subject of your argumentative essay,
explain how you intend to overcome your biases so you can write an objective research-based argument, and
share how you plan to integrate research into your rough draft this week.
Be sure to speak up if you have any questions or concerns.
The reference citation for this YouTube video:
TEDx Talks. (2018, January 10). Mind Bugs | Mahzarin R. Banaji | TEDxBari [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/AFEaCFFsM2U
To create a paraphrase or summary citation:
Screen name and year of publication
(TEDx Talks, 2018)
To create a quote citation:
Screen name, year of publication, and timestamp (MM:SS)
(TEDx Talks, 2018, 03:25)
The citations for this article:
Meads, J. (2015). What lies beneath the surface. American Theatre, 32(8). 48-50. Retrieved from https://www.americantheatre.org
Meads (2015) claimed that…
Meads (2015) stated that “this is the quote” (p. 49).
Respond to Peers
You are expected to engage in this discussion on multiple days throughout the week, Tuesday through Monday. Log in frequently from your computer or through the mobile app to stay engaged.
As you respond to each of your classmates’ posts, discuss their potential biases and provide your perspective and suggestions. Remember, biases are often subconscious so we all need help in identifying them! Approach classmates honestly and respectfully with care and compassion.
Help your classmates identify issues with their research questions or working thesis statements and offer suggestions as a peer and as an audience. Use the course materials to help answer your classmates’ questions. You are invited to share relevant audio, video, or images in your responses.
Be sure to participate in meaningful conversation with multiple classmates in this discussion, which will close at the end of the learning week. This discussion will be assessed on a 10-point scale and is worth 5% of your final grade.
Week 3 Discussion: Distinguished Performance
Provides in-depth reflection on implicit associations and bias, including unique insight and perspective. States opinions, assumptions, and experiences that may create bias in the rough draft and creates a plan to limit their influence. Helps others to achieve the same goal.
Engages in ongoing in-depth conversation with at least three different classmates on three different days throughout the week. Follows up with those who are responding in return. Reviews and responds to posts made by the instructor.
Applies the reading to issues in writing and argument development. Approaches others with fair-mindedness and respect. Is willing to consider other viewpoints. Asks classmates clarifying questions and points out other perspectives. Takes time to “think out loud” and explain ideas in detail.
Text is well written and proofread. Audio and video are clear and understandable. Images are appropriate and well formatted. The message is clear and error-free.