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GEN102: Digital Literacy for Life and the Workplace

GEN102: Week 5 – Final Paper

Week 5 – Final Paper

Digital Literacy Audit

[WLOs: 1, 3, 4] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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Prepare: Review the Week 5 Guidancevideo above (Links to an external site.), and review the material covered in the previous weeks of this course.  
Reflect: As we wrap up this course, please take some time to reflect on what you have learned about yourself by exploring the digital world around you, your online presence, digital communication, using digital tools to achieve career goals, and your financial future. 
Write: In a five-paragraph essay that is two to three pages in length, address the following bullet points:Paragraph 1: Discuss at least three ways in which changes in digital technology have impacted your personal, academic, and professional life.Paragraph 2: Define “digital citizenship“ in your own words and describe three ways in which you plan to practice good digital citizenship in your personal, academic, and professional life.Paragraph 3: Select three digital tools presented in this course and explain how you will use each one of them in your personal, academic, or professional life. (Hint: Review the Digital Tools page)Paragraph 4: Critically evaluate your own social media use. Explain any changes you should make to maintain safety and security to your personal and professional online presence. Analyze the benefits and risks of the increasing use of social media in our society.Paragraph 5: Identify three pieces of financial information that will help you make informed financial decisions about your future and eventual retirement. 

This assignment must be double-spaced, written in Times New Roman 12-pt. font and submitted to Waypoint as a Microsoft Word document.

Save your work and then submit your resume using the Assignment Submission button. If needed watch the Introduction to Waypoint and Originality Reports (Links to an external site.) video for instructions. Check your submission was successful.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) (available in the classroom) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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GEN102: Week 4 – Discussion 2

Week 4 – Discussion 2

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 for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 TypeFocus Personality, Interests, and Values [WLOs: 1, 2, 3] [CLOs: 2, 3]
Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion, complete the TypeFocus Assessment quiz. The TypeFocus Assessment, offered by our Career Services (Links to an external site.) department, provides insight into your personality, interests, and values. Identifying your personality, interests, and values can help you choose a career that is meaningful and satisfying for you. Then view the Your Career Roadmap (Links to an external site.) video (below).https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qzz_ZxJCd9Y 
Reflect: Read through your TypeFocus Assessment results for the Personality Type, Interests, and Values categories.To access the Personality Type results: Click on the “Personality” tab under Self Assessments and then click on “Results.”To access your Interests: Click on the “Interests” tab under Self Assessments and then click on “Results.”To access your Values: Click on the “Values” tab under Self Assessments and then click on “Results.”Think about how your personality will fit the career you wish to pursue after graduation or one that interests you. Careers are relationships we have with work, and like any relationship, they need to be sustainable. Choosing careers that support our interests and aligning them with our personal values will help us not only maintain our careers long term but will also make them more enjoyable and productive.You might also consider exploring the following resources for additional information on careers and personality types:Occupational Outlook Handbook (Links to an external site.)Similar Minds (Links to an external site.)The Big Five Project: Personality Test (Links to an external site.)Job Satisfaction & Motivation Benefits at Work (Links to an external site.)Job Satisfaction (Links to an external site.)Career Evaluation (Links to an external site.)U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Links to an external site.) 
Write: Using the information you obtained from your TypeFocus results, complete the following:Identify the career or position that you wish to pursue after graduation or career that interests you.Review the Personality Type Chart interactive (Links to an external site.). Use the information to help you describe how your personality type would fit your chosen career.Identify your top three interests from the TypeFocus results and explain how the career you selected would support these interests. Note: Interests are any combination of Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, or Conventional.Identify your top three values from the TypeFocus results and explain how the career you selected would align with them. Note: Values are any combination of Achievement, Independence, Recognition, Relationships, Support, or Working Conditions.Your initial post should be at least 250 words. 
Respond to peers: Review your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two of your peers by Day 7. Reflect on your classmates’ interests and values. How do they align with yours? How are they different? Each response should be a minimum of 75 words.
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GEN102: Week 4 – Discussion 1

Week 4 – Discussion 1

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 1 (Tuesday) 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 for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Week 4 Current Events Forum [WLOs: 4] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5]
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This current events forum is an opportunity to explore the current and constantly evolving world of technology with your online community of learners. Each week you will research, summarize, and link to an article (Links to an external site.) or embed a videoLinks to an external site. resource that highlights your current event for the week. Think about the topic in terms of your own personal, academic, and professional life.

This week’s current event is: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. 

Your initial post is due no later than Day 1, and it must be a minimum of 150 words. You will not be able to see the posts of your peers until you have posted in this forum. Respond to at least two other classmates by Day 7. Each response should be a minimum of 50 words.

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GEN102: Week 3 – Discussion 2

Week 3 – Discussion 2

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 for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Digital Trails [WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5]
Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion, carefully read Module 6, Section 6.1 in your course textbook, as well as the Week 3 Instructor Guidance. 
Reflect: When you walk on the beach, you usually leave behind your footprints in the sand. Online, you also leave a footprint (or trail) when using digital technology. Your computer and the websites you visit create digital footprints of where you have been. Sometimes, this tracking is helpful to us. For example, if you leave a website and return later, you can simply pick up where you left without having to start over. At other times, these electronic trails could pose a security threat to you and your computer. Take some time to reflect on what you learned about how leaving a digital trail could both help and hurt you. 
Write: Using the information you read in Section 6.1 of your course textbook, address the following:Describe two digital footprints you have left within the last week. Analyze each one for potential risk on a scale of 1-10, 1 being low risk and 10 being high risk.Write about a situation in which you or someone you know was a victim of a privacy, safety, or security breach online. Describe the situation and how it was eventually resolved.Put your name into at least two different search engines (Google, Bing, Dogpile, Yahoo, Ask.com, and DuckDuckGo are some popular ones) and review your own digital trail. Pretend you are a potential employer. What observations could you make about your own online presence? Note: If you have a common name, you may need to add additional search terms or experiment with different search terms, such as the city in which you live (e.g., Dan Smith Clinton, Iowa).Now that you have explored your own digital trail, identify at least three steps you can take to enhance your privacy, safety, and security on the web.Your post should be at least 250 words. 
Respond to peers: Review your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two of your peers by Day 7. Think about what you learned about digital trails from reading about your classmate’s digital trails. Consider sharing tips on how to use digital footprints wisely. Each response should be a minimum of 75 words. 
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GEN102: Week 3 – Discussion 1

Week 3 – Discussion 1

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 1 (Tuesday) 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 for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Week 3 Current Events Forum [WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 1, 2, 5]
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This current events forum is an opportunity to explore the current and constantly evolving world of technology with your online community of learners. Each week you will research, summarize, and link to an article (Links to an external site.) or embed a videoLinks to an external site. resource that highlights your current event for the week. Think about the topic in terms of your own personal, academic, and professional life.

This week’s current event is: Online Privacy and Security.

Your initial post is due no later than Day 1, and it must be a minimum of 150 words. You will not be able to see the posts of your peers until you have posted in this forum. Respond to at least two other classmates by Day 7. Each response should be a minimum of 50 words.

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GEN102: Week 2 – Assignment

Week 2 – Assignment

Building Your Personal Brand PowerPoint

[WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 2, 3]

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Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this assignment, watch the Week 2 Assignment video (Links to an external site.) and review the Sample Building Your Professional Brand PowerPoint  downloadassignment. Read Modules 3 and 4 of your course textbook and review the Week 2 Instructor Guidance. 
Reflect: Social media is an excellent platform for promoting one’s career or career-related product or service. Individuals and organizations leverage the power of social media to build clientele, advertise, and provide insight into the usefulness or popularity of a product or service. Individuals can use social media to promote themselves to build their own brand within their profession or attract potential employers or clients in a career field. 
Write: Construct a five-slide PowerPoint presentation (Links to an external site.). Use the bullet points below as a guide for each of the slides.Slide 1: Create a title slide that includes your name,  your instructor’s name, assignment title, and the date.Slide 2: Identify the career you intend to pursue after graduation or a career-related product or service that you are interested in promoting. Provide a brief description.Slide 3: Select one social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.) and briefly explain how the social media platform you chose can be used to promote your future career field, or career-related product or service.Slide 4: Describe at least two potential benefits of using social media to promote yourself in your future career field or career-related product or service.Slide 5: Discuss at least two potential concerns or challenges related to using social media to promote your professional goals and how you plan to address them.Students in order to have your work properly displayed, it must be converted to a PDF. Here are the steps to follow.
1. Save your original PowerPoint presentation.
2. Open it up again. 
3. Click the File tab.
4. Click Save As.
5. In the File Name box, the name of your PowerPoint should already be there. If not, enter a file name without any special symbols.
6. In the Save as type list, click PDF (*.pdf).
7. Click Save.
8. Upload to Waypoint for grading.Save your work and then submit your worksheet using the Assignment Submission button. If needed watch the Introduction to Waypoint and Originality Reports (Links to an external site.) video for instructions. Verify your submission was successful.HELPNOWlogo.png Watch Introduction to Waypoint and Originality Reports (Links to an external site.) for instructions.Late policy: Written assignments are due on the specified days in the course. Written assignments will be subject to a late penalty of up to 10% per day up to three days late. If written assignments are submitted after 72 hours past the due date, instructors can give a penalty up to and including a grade of 0% for the assignment.Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
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GEN102: Week 2 – Discussion 2

Week 2 – Discussion 2

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 for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Join the Conversation: Social Media [WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5]
https://www.youtube.com/embed/kN-nx9sWIfkConnect with AU!
Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion, watch the video From Facebook to friendship | Ashford University (Links to an external site.) and explore Ashford University Social Media Platforms. Read Module 4 in your course textbook and the Week 2 Instructor Guidance. In Module 4, read about the different ways in which blogs and social media can be used to enhance your personal and academic life.
Reflect: Think about how we utilize social media to make personal and academic connections with others. Think about the benefits and drawbacks of using blogs and social media such as the scenario presented in the video, as well as how you plan to maintain your privacy while online. You are encouraged to get involved and start building your academic community. Find some of your peers online and get connected!
Write: For this discussion, there are two parts. Follow the instructions for each part below in order to successfully meet the discussion response requirements. Part 1 – Social Media PlatformsSelect one of the following Social Media platforms provided below and answer the questions associated with your choice.Facebook: Start by accessing Facebook. Explore the different Ashford University groups available. Select one and explain how you would benefit from leveraging this social media outlet during your time as a student.Pro Tip: Build your academic and social community by friending other students who can support you on your journey.Twitter: Start by accessing Twitter. Identify and follow one thought leader or organization in the field of digital literacy (key words might include digital literacytechnology, and digital citizenship) or pick a thought leader in your professional arena (e.g., education, business, or psychology, etc.). Share the person or organization you selected and why. Select and then, share a tweet using the hashtag #AUGEN102 and give #HighFives to anyone (e.g., parents, friends, teachers, fellow students) helping you on this academic journey. Embed a link of your tweet  download.Pro Tip: Make sure to follow the Ashford Twitter account.Instagram: Access Instagram. Select an image that inspires or motivates you. Post that image to Instagram and tag the Ashford Instagram at Instagram@ashfordu . Attach this image to your discussion post for all to view and explain why it motivates you.Pro Tip: Connect to other platforms like Twitter by using the hashtag #AUGEN102.LinkedIn: To begin, you will need a LinkedIn Profile. Add your LinkedIn profile to your Canvas profile under links (Links to an external site.). Describe how LinkedIn has helped or will support your professional goals. Make sure you add the Ashford Alumni and Student Group.Pro Tip: Check your Instructor’s Canvas profile and add them as a connection if they include LinkedIn.Pinterest: Access the Ashford University Pinterest page. Search through pins that interest you and pick one. Describe the content of the pin and why you selected it. Explain how the use of Pinterest could help motivate you as a student or professional.Pro Tip: Use this as a bookmarking tool for content you want to read related to your career area. Pin the blog post image to a pinboard and name it “My Bookshelf.”YouTube: Access the Ashford YouTube channel. Watch one video that interests you and describe the content of the video. Explain why you selected it. Describe how the use of YouTube could help you as a student or professional.Pro Tip: Subscribe to the Ashford University YouTube channel. Part 2 – Privacy PoliciesThis section covers the privacy policy associated with your chosen social media platform and use of social media.Read the privacy policy for the social media site that you identified and summarize it.Describe the benefits and/or concerns you have with the privacy policy.Explain how your current social media presence impacts your ability to meet your professional and academic goals.Your initial post should be at least 250 words.
Respond to peers: Review your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two of your peers by Day 7. You may respond in writing or video. Compare their experiences using social media with your own. Share ideas or ways to further protect your privacy while engaging online through Social Media. Each peer response should be at least 75 words in length.
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GEN102: Week 2 – Discussion 1

Week 2 – Discussion 1

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 1 (Tuesday) 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 for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Week 2 Current Events Forum [WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 1, 2, 5]
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This current events forum is an opportunity to explore the current and constantly evolving world of technology with your online community of learners. Each week you will research, summarize, and link to an article (Links to an external site.) or embed a videoLinks to an external site. resource that highlights your current event for the week. Think about the topic in terms of your own personal, academic, and professional life.

This week’s current event is: Social Media in the News

Your initial post is due no later than Day 1, and it must be a minimum of 150 words. You will not be able to see the posts of your peers until you have posted in this forum. Respond to at least two other classmates by Day 7. Each response should be a minimum of 50 words.

This is a student engagement activity that encourages you to freely interact with your classmates without the intervention of the instructor.

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GEN102: Week 1 – Assignment

Week 1 – Assignment

Technology Self-Assessment

[WLOs: 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 2, 3]

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Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Modules 1 and 2 of your course textbook and complete the A Closer Look at Hardware and Software (Links to an external site.) activity. Review and familiarize yourself with the resources on the Digital Tools page, Microsoft Digital Literacy: Essential Skills with the Digital Literacy Curriculum (Links to an external site.), and in your Support U. Click Week 1 Assignment video (Links to an external site.) to view or visit Support U below to find resources each week that will help you complete your written assignments. 
Reflect: Think about how we rely on electronic devices to maximize our experiences, solve problems, and enhance our lives. Consider how you will utilize the different resources available through Ashford University and leverage different kinds of technology to help you be successful. 
Write: In a four-paragraph essay that is two pages in length, address the following bullet points:Paragraph 1: Identify the types of devices you can use to access your online classroom. Describe the benefits and drawbacks of using each device for coursework. Which device(s) will you primarily use for school and why?Paragraph 2: Explore the Ashford Resources and other tools (Microsoft, Portfolium, Textbook, and Canvas) on the Digital Tools page. Select one of the Ashford resources and two of the other tools and explain how they will help you meet your academic and professional goals.Paragraph 3: Identify two types of data storage and discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks of each. Which one will you choose for your personal plan to organize and save your digital coursework?Paragraph 4: Describe your strengths when it comes to being digitally literate. Explain the areas you are most interested in learning more about and improving upon to better prepare yourself for academic success and your future career goals. 

The paper must be double-spaced and written in 12-point, Times New Roman font.

Upon completion of this assignment, you will need to save your assignment document to your computer as a Microsoft Word document (e.g., save as Smith Week 1 Assignment) and submit it using the Assignment Submission button.

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What if I do not have Microsoft Word?

Late policy: Written assignments are due on the specified days in the course. Written assignments will be subject to a late penalty of up to 10% per day up to three days late. If written assignments are submitted after 72 hours past the due date, instructors can give a penalty up to and including a grade of 0% for the assignment.

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GEN102: Week 1 – Discussion

Week 1 – Discussion

 The Digital Revolution [WLOs: 2, 3] [CLOs: 1, 2]

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 for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

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Prepare: As you prepare to write your answer to the discussion prompt, review Modules 1 and 2, read the Week 1 Instructor Guidance, and watch the video (Links to an external site.) above. 
Reflect: Consider how the digital revolution has transformed your life. Try to think of unique innovations other than the common cell phone, laptop, or microwave oven. Reviewing what your classmates have already posted will help you avoid redundant choices. The more unique your response, the more conversation you will generate! Since technology is constantly evolving, think about how technological advances in the future might impact your life. What are some benefits and drawbacks to innovative technology? 
Write: For this discussion, address the following prompts:Discuss two ways in which technology has transformed the way you either learn, work, or live.Explain how these technologies have made your life easier or more complicated.Visit futureforall.org (Links to an external site.)futurism.com (Links to an external site.), or itechfuture.com (Links to an external site.). From these or any other similar website(s) you choose to review, select two futuristic ideas that interest you.Provide the link to the website you visited for each idea. If needed, review the tutorial: How Do I Create a Hyperlink in the Rich Content Editor as a Student? (Links to an external site.)Describe each idea in your own words.Discuss one benefit and one potential drawback of each idea.Your initial post should be at least 250 words. 
Respond to Peers: Review your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two of your peers by Day 7. Review the technological innovations your peer described and explain how their ideas may affect your life. Each peer response should be a minimum of 75 words.