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How digital or social media has transformed the communication of an idea, information, and arguments in society.

  1. How companies or organizations and individuals use digital or social media to effectively communicate ideas, information, arguments, and messages to achieve a specific goal.
    2. How digital or social media has transformed the communication of an idea, information, and arguments in society.
    3. Access, analyze, interpret, and evaluate digital media to foster learning and to guide decision-making.
    4. Make responsible choices in the creation and consumption of digital media based on awareness of global, social, ethical, and legal contexts.

In this project, you will select a topic discussed in class from the list provided below, conduct additional research on the topic, and share this information in a research paper.

Project 3 consists of:
1. Project Requirements (topics and content to cover)
2. Paper Requirements (content organization)3. APA Resources (how to cite and select sources)

Topic 1: Digital Media as a Distraction (Week 1)
Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier – Chapter 1: Distracted by Everything PBS Online Video Documentary Series Chapter 1 (00:00 – 08:28 minutes)

Digital Nation

Answer the questions below:Item 1: Which topic did you select?
Item 2: Why does this topic appeal to you?
NOTE 1: Section 1 should be the shortest section of your paper (10-15%).

Discuss your topic as presented in class. This is a summary of all the resources used in class relating to the topic including online discussions.

Item 1: Summarize the information on the topic as presented in the class, using the resources below

  1. Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (PDF) Note: Mark Prensky coined the phrase Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants in 2001,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf

  1. Digital Divide 2018 | Pew Research Center (web page)

Declining Majority of Online Adults Say the Internet Has Been Good for Society

  1. Digital Divide in a Global Economy (web page)

13.4 Digital Divide in a Global Economy

  1. Small Towns Join Forces to Bridge the Digital Divide: PBS News Hour Weekend (watch the embedded YouTube video | 10:38 mins | transcript and audio links are available on the web page)

Item 2: Is the topic you selected relevant in a course on digital and social media? Whether you answer yes or no, justify your answer.

Section 2 Sources: Include the source(s) as an in-paper citation and on your References page.
NOTE 2: Section 2 should comprise (30-40%) of your paper.


Provide additional information on the topic you selected by locating TWO or MORE new resources (in addition to the resources provided in class) to expand your knowledge of the topic.

Item 1: What additional sources did you find on the topic you selected (list at least one)?

Item 2: Why is EACH resource you found (a) relevant, (b) credible, (c) accurate, and (d) unbiased based on what you learned from the What is a Credible Source? How to Evaluate Web Resources? Address a-d in your answer.
Item 3: What new information do the two new resources contribute to the topic as presented in class?

Section 3 Source: Include at least ONE SOURCE related to your topic that are NOT presented, discussed, or posted in the weekly Read & Watch in class or posted in the 15 topic list above. Include these sources as in-paper citations and list them on your References page.
NOTE 3: Section 3 should comprise the majority of your paper (45-60%). This is where your primary focus should be.

Paper Requirements
1. Your paper must follow APA format guidelines throughout.
(A sample APA template for you to use is attached to the bottom of this page. It contains Latin placeholder text. Replace the text with your content).
a. Double-spacedb. 1-inch Marginsc. 12-point size professional font (e.g. Times New Roman)d. Headere. Automatic Page numbersf. Title pageg. Reference page

  1. Title Page
    Your title page must be APA formatted and include the following: a. Project Nameb. Your Namec. Course Name and Section Numberd. Semestere. Instructors Namef. Title of Research Paper Topic
  2. References Page Your References page must be APA formatted.
  3. Sources: Include the source(s) from Section 2 and at least one source in Section 3.

Clarification: Please do not use unprofessional sources such as Wikipedia,,,,, or anything remotely similar.  Examples of scholarly sources include textbooks, articles, academic journals, and conference proceedings. Scholarly resources are written by experts in their fields, grounded in research, and often refereed (reviewed and edited by researchers in the field). Examples of professional sources include trade journals or magazines. Professional sources are written for a specific audience that works in a certain field. They are not research-based. You can also use our course content (e.g. Read & Watch resources) as a source as well. UMGC has a top-notch, extensive online library. You can find many scholarly and professional sources there.

NOTE 5: You can also use social media (e.g. Twitter posts, blogs, YouTube) sources as well as this is a paper about the use of digital and social media.

  1. Setup & Organization
    Your paper must include the following pages and Level 1 Headings:
    a. Cover Pageb. Topic Introduction (Section 1)c. Topic Discussion (Section 2)d. Additional Research (Section 3)e. Reference Page

APA Resources
UMGCs Library offers several resources for APA formatting and citation style, including the resources below:
APA 7th Edition: General Rules, Citation Examples, and Video Overview (UMGC Library).