Navigating Resources & Writing Expectations

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Week 1 Assignment

Navigating Loud Cloud

Topic 1 Assignment: Navigating Resources & Writing Expectations

Be sure to address all 18 questions in Part 1 & 2 and complete the matching in Part 3. When you have finished, save the document. While in the assignment drop box: 1) click BROWSE FROM MY COMPUTER, 2) upload your saved document, 3) SUBMIT to FINAL SUBMISSION.

Purpose of Assignment: To become familiar with the learning management system we refer to as the LoudCloud classroom, explore important student resources, and become familiar with GCU’s collegiate level writing expectations.

Grading Criteria: The assignment will be graded with an instructor answer key.

Assignment Due Date: End of Topic 1

Part 1: Navigating the Loud Cloud LMS and Website

Directions: Type directly into this document. Please locate the correct response(s) to each of the questions below, and then provide your answer found, in one to two sentences, or short answer format. (The spacing will be adjusted as you type your responses. Please DO NOT forget to SAVE once you begin to answer the questions, so you do not lose any information.)

The following questions are directed towards Loud Cloud:

1. Click on the DASHBOARD tab in the Loud Cloud classroom. Describe the following tabs (table will expand as needed):

Path

Planner

Student Resources

Gradebook

Connect

Messages

Preferences

2. From the DASHBOARD in Loud Cloud, explain the steps to find your grades and instructor feedback.

3. Under the DASHBOARD tab in LoudCloud, click on the STUDENT RESOURCES link and locate the STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER. Search for RESOURCES and locate THE WRITING CENTER. From there click on STYLE GUIDE AND TEMPLATES and locate Style Guide and Template documents. (Right click and save these to your computer for future reference). Once you have read the Style Guide, why do you think academic writing requires such strict formatting?

4. Inside the Student Success Center, type “Tutorials & Webinars” in the search bar. List three tutorials or webinars that will help you most as you begin this course. For each, explain how you feel they will help.

5. From the Course Home page in Loud Cloud, click on the DASHBOARD tab and then click on CONNECT link and then FORUMS. Locate (at the top of the page) and explain the purpose of the Discussion Question Forum, Private Forum, and Questions to Instructor Forum.

6. Click on the DASHBOARD tab in the Loud Cloud classroom and select PATH. List the three headings across the top of the page and list their content.

7. Go to the DASHBOARD tab and click on STUDENT RESOURCES and then LIBRARY. Under About Us click on the Frequently Asked Questions link. Describe how to get help from the librarian.

8. Use the DASHBOARD tab, click on CONNECT, and then ROSTER. Review your instructor’s profile, provide his/her contact information, including office hours.

9. There are two different locations to review the ANNOUNCEMENTS. Locate and share the steps to find the Announcements through the DASHBOARD tab. In addition, where else on the homepage can you go directly to the Announcements (hint: it is an icon)?

10. Once logged into the LoudCloud classroom, within the DASHBOARD, locate the TECHNICAL SUPPORT tab. List three ways in which you can contact them, and also provide their email address and phone number (hint: look for the “need help” Tab)?

The following question is directed towards the Website at: https://www.gcu.edu

11. On the Home page, hover over Academics and click the Major and Programs tab. Locate your Major and list one core (Major) course that looks most interesting to you? Why? Include course name, number and description along with your explanation.

The following questions are directed towards the Website at: http://students.gcu.edu

12. On the Home Page, locate and click Student Life, then locate and click Spiritual Life. Describe which sections of this page interest you. Why?

13. On the Home page, locate and click Student Resources. Locate and click Learning Resources then locate and click Learning Lounge. What can you expect during your tutoring session with a learning advocate (LEAD)?

Part 2: LoudCloud Quick Quiz

Directions: Please highlight the correct response for the following questions.

14. What would you do if you wanted to ask your instructor a question in which you felt your classmates could benefit from the answer as well?

a) Send him or her a personal email

b) Post the question in the Discussion Question Forum

c) Post the question in the Private Forum

d) Post the question in the Questions to Instructor Forum

15. Where is the syllabus found in Loud Cloud?

a) Student Resources tab

b) Classroom Policies tab

c) In the Forums

d) Within the Path tab

16. Where is the planner found?

a) The Syllabus

b) Dashboard

c) Main Forum

d) Library

17. Where do you find the “Announcements” tab for a course in LoudCloud?

a) Messages tab

b)

c) The instructor emails them to you at the start of each week.

d) Both A and B

18. LoudCloud gives you the ability to personalize your “Planner”?

a) True

b) False

PART 3: Writing Expectations

The purpose of this section is to help you understand some of the academic writing expectations at and in higher education. Included is a comprehensive list of writing expectations or guidelines you will want to adhere to during your academic career as well as ways to overcome common errors in college-level writing. After reviewing the Developing Academic Skills Guide and the Academic Writing Guidelines Resource located under Resources and the accompanying links, complete the sections below. In addition to this, you are welcome to use external resources such as the Library, Google Scholar, or similar search engines to understand these guidelines and common errors more fully.

Instructions:

Place the correct guideline (the capital letters), next to the correct description of that guideline.

Guidelines:

A Contractions F 1st Lines of Paragraphs indent 0.5” K Spell Check

B Writing in 3rd person G Conciseness L Margins

C Times New Roman 12pt Font H Run-on Sentences M Text/Slang language

D Double Space I Fragmented Sentences N Capitalization

E Align Left J Idioms O Essay Formatting

Guideline Descriptions:

Microsoft Word has a sophisticated “checker” to identify most spelling, grammar, & consistency errors. Remove all before submission.

An extra line between sentences accomplished by using the “Line and Paragraphing Spacing” option in Microsoft Word & selecting 2.0 Spacing

The TAB key often makes a perfect 0.5-inch indentation by default.

All four sides of each page in your document must default to 1.0” for the top, bottom, left, and right sides.

Separates creative writing from formal academic writing including APA, MLA, & Style. Strict adherence is required.

Clichés slang or figurative language should be avoided. Instead, write out or use the definition instead of the cliché.

Avoid the shortened forms of one or two words combined. Spell out both words.

Be sure to use this appropriately for the first word in every sentence, proper nouns, and Netiquette.

LOL is an example of a term that should not be used in academic writing.

Most common standardized lettering and size in college level writing.

Microsoft Word will underline these errors with a blue line. Rewrite the sentence until the blue line disappears.

Paragraphs should be aligned to the left at the zero or null point on the Microsoft Word ruler.

Avoid extraordinarily long sentences. The word “and” can often be a place to split up a Run-on.

Avoid wordiness by deleting needless words and using Microsoft Word thesaurus for word ideas, synonyms, and antonyms.

One would, A person could, They should, She, He, It are examples of writing in this point of view

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Week 2 Assignment

Reflection: Code of Conduct

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the Style Guide, using the attached Style template .

Reflect on the topic of Code of Conduct and Academic Standards, in 250?500 words address the following prompts in four paragraphs:

Review the Code of Conduct and Academic Standards in the university policy handbook. Go to https://www.gcu.edu/academics/academic-policies.php#h-university-policy-handbook and click on the University Policy Handbook link. Find the Code of Conduct and Academic Standards section. In your own words, explain 2 academic integrity violations and 2 code of conduct violations. Give a specific example of what the 4 identified violations could be.

The academic integrity section discusses academic dishonesty. One area of dishonesty is plagiarism. Define plagiarism in your own words.

Why do you think students plagiarize?

Describe how students can avoid academic dishonesty, in group work or as an individual?

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

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Week 2 Assignment

Library Research Assignment

The Library will be a vital resource for you during your academic career. The Library contains a wealth of resources that will help you find, research, and broaden your understanding on any given topic. Learning to correctly locate, cite, and use resources to support your writing is an essential component of your academic success.

Overview: The Library will be a vital resource for you during your academic career. The Library contains a wealth of resources that will help you find, research, and broaden your understanding on any given topic. Learning to correctly locate, cite, and use resources to support your writing is an essential component of your academic success.

Directions:Type directly into this document. Be sure to address all questions within the document. When you have finished, save the document. While in the assignment dropbox: 1) click NEW ATTEMPT, 2) upload your saved document, and 3) SUBMIT to FINAL SUBMISSION. (This assignment will not be submitted to LopesWrite.)

Before starting this assignment, review the short walk-through tutorial on the Library.http://tutorials.gcumedia.com/mediaElement/library-walk-through-tutorial/library-walk-through-tutorial-v1.1.php

After reviewing the library walk-through paying close attention to “Accessing Articles” and “Boolean Operators” sections, complete the following steps:

1. Go towww.library.gcu.edu.

2. From the library home page, choose “Find Journal Articles” (you may have to sign in with your login information).

3. Click the “Peer Reviewed” box.

4. Type “higher education” in the search box (the Select Subject default reads “all subjects,” leave it).

5. Type “disability” in the second search box (below where you typed “higher education”)

6. Confirm the default selection in the dropdown for each is “And.” Click Search.

7. Locate on the results page the journal article “Higher education and disability: A systematic review of assessment instruments designed for students, faculty, and staff.”

8. Click on the article title.

9. Locate the “cite” icon on the right side of the screen.

10. Click on the cite icon, find the APA citation, and copy the APA citation. Paste it in the box below: Use the Merge Formatting option for paste.

(If the citation does not copy over with a hanging indent, use Control + T)

11. Always review the style guides in following link to make sure the reference in the library correctly follows the rules for style.

Citations and Style guide resource:http://libguides.gcu.edu/CitingSources/APA

12. Go back to the Internet and your library search results. Keep “higher education” in the top search box.

13. Type “leadership” in the second search box (below where you typed “higher education”)

14. Type “glass-ceiling” in the third search box (below where you typed “leadership”)

15. Confirm the default selection in the dropdown for each is “And.” Click Search.

16. Click the article title “Climbing the stairs to leadership: Reflections on moving beyond the stained?glass ceiling.”

17. As in #8, copy the APA citation and place it in the box below (Make sure you have a hanging ident and the citation is correct):

18. Copy and paste the “Abstract/Summary” in the box below:

19. Read the “Abstract/Summary” and write two to three sentences, briefly summarizing what the article is about in the box below:

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Week 3 Assignment

Managing your Experience-Online

Directions: In order to gain insight into your community and college experience, answer the following questions.Record your responses to all questions on this document(the boxes will expand should you require more space).

In your community, what are the social and professional organizations specific to your program? How likely are you to join one of these organizations? Which one interests you the most, why? (Minimum 100 words total)
Set and share a goal for how you will become involved in your community or social /professional organization. Discuss how involvement in these types of groups could positively affect you as a student/employee? (Minimum 100 words total)
What do you need to achieve academically to be successful in the future? Are there any GPA requirements, volunteer hours, or employment experience associated with your future career that you learned more about or that you would like to learn more about?
(Minimum 100 words total)
Utilizing the gcu.edu website, locate and explain the following:

(Minimum 100 words total)

(www.gcu.edu )

· Mission and Vision:

· Five Mission Competencies:

· GCU’s Christian Identity and Heritage

Listed within the Academic Catalog are the General Education Requirements. Locate and describe the fiveGeneral Education Competencies, listed to the right, in your own words. (Minimum 100 words total)

https://www.gcu.edu/academics/academic-policies.php

· University Foundation

· Effective Communication

· Christian Worldview

· Critical Thinking

· Global Awareness, Perspective and Ethics (GAPE)

List the steps you would take, and anyone you may need to contact in order to resolve the following situations:
(Minimum 100 words total)
· Failing a class:

· Missed an assignment/exam due date:

· Feeling nervous or overwhelmed:

· Scheduled for the wrong course/class:

· Cannot log into LoudCloud/Library:

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Week 3 Assignment

Time Management

Directions: There are two parts to this assignment, Part A and Part B. Complete each part within this document for final submission.

Part A – Weekly Schedule

Briefly document all activities between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. Do not overdo the recording of your activity.

· Please record the primary activity for the hour.

· Please complete each time slot for each day; no blanks should be left.

 

Weekly Schedule

Time Example Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
5:00 a.m. Sleep
6:00 a.m. Sleep
7:00 a.m. Wake up
8:00 a.m. Leave for work
9:00 a.m. Work
10:00 a.m. Work
11:00 a.m. Work
12:00 p.m. Work
1:00 p.m. Work
2:00 p.m. Work
3:00 p.m. Work
4:00 p.m. Work
5:00 p.m. Eat
6:00 p.m. Watch Netflix
7:00 p.m. Watch Netflix
8:00 p.m. Watch Netflix
9:00 p.m. Watch Netflix
10:00 p.m. Bed

Part B: Time Management Summary

Information on time management is available in Chapter 4 of the textbookUniversity Success.

In 200-250 words, briefly analyze the results.

· Based on your analysis of your time management what adjustments will you make to your routine?

· What have you learned about your time management as you completed your log for the week?

Time Management Summary

Please write your summary in the box provided below.The box will adjust to the space necessary for your response.

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Week 4 Assignment

Purpose Plan: Academic, Spiritual, Career-Online

For this assignment, you will answer a series of questions designed to help you find and plan your purpose. These questions are broken into an Academic Plan, a Spiritual Plan, and a Career Plan. Use the attached document titled “Purpose Plan” to complete the assignment.

Directions:For this assignment, you will answer a series of questions designed to help you find and plan your purpose. These questions are broken into an Academic Plan, a Spiritual Plan, and a Career Plan. Please respond to each of the questions directly on this document(the boxes will expand as needed).

 

Academic Plan

To help you get the most out of your campus experience, our departments,offices on campus, offer services, events, and resources that enhance your academic pursuits and help you experience Lope life.Find your major and program on the following websitehttp://www.gcu.edu/degree-programs/and complete the table below:

In which program of study are you enrolled? Or plan to enroll.
Identify some of the program core courses you are looking forward to taking?
Which courses do you anticipate being the most challenging? Explain why.

Spiritual Plan

is committed to integrating faith across all aspects of the community, which stems from GCU’s mission to educate students from a Christian perspective and to prepare them for careers that honor God while serving others.Read through GCU’s “One Foundation” and watch the three videos of President Brian Mueller and Dean Jason Hiles, “Integration of Faith, Learning, and Work,” “Ethical Positions Statement,” and “Doctrinal Statement Introduction,” located athttp://www.gcu.edu/about-gcu/christian-identity-and-heritage.php

What did you take-away from these videos? How can you apply this to your experience while at GCU? (50-100 words)
What does service outside of the classroom mean to you?How can you apply service while at GCU? (50-100 words)

 

Career Plan

University offers several career service tools to help you discover potential career paths, build a resume, search for employment, and more. Take a few minutes to take the Career Compass survey located athttps://www.focus2career.com/Portal/Register.cfm?SID=810(Access Code: Purpose).

You can watch this video to assist you with the registration process:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnvvHOt5LvE8yBMYeHV4mGPW88Q86ftmw .

Even if you have completed an assessment such as this in the past, it is good to reassess yourself every so often to reevaluate your goals, focus, and direction based on your growth.

After you complete the survey, fill in the following table:

Based on your Career Compass results, research the details. Then describe at least three job descriptions. 1.

2.

3.

Based on your results,what surprises did you find? If there are none, explain why.(100-150 words)
After completing your current program/degree, what is your plan? (grad school, internship, career plan, etc.)

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Week 5 Assignment

Reflection: Academic Path

Reflect on the prior five weeks in the course. Please write a 250-500 word reflection using the attached Style Template. In four paragraphs, discuss your:

Academic background and your motivation for selecting and attending GCU

Program of Study or degree

Future career goals or plans

Although this course may not have necessarily aligned with your field of study, how have the concepts and assignments in this course prepared you for success in your future courses?

Be sure to use the attached Style template to complete the assignment.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

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Week 5 Assignment

Literacy Pre-Assessment

1Copyright law in the United States, which governs intellectual property rights, applies to which type of resources?

Books

Videos

Blogs

All of the above

2On the reference page of your essay, the references should be alphabetized by:

Author first name

Author last name

Article title

None of the above

3What is the BEST place to find a scholarly article?

In a research database

On the internet

In popular magazines

In newspapers

4What steps can you take to find help with library resources?

Ask a Librarian for help using the phone, email or chat

Attend a group library instruction session, either in-person or via one of the library’s virtual webinars

View a library tutorial

Visit the Library on the Phoenix Campus

All of the above

5When doing research on your topic, “The impact of steroids on America”, you find you have too much information for a three page essay. What do you do?

Use as much information as possible and hope the professor doesn’t notice that the essay is two pages longer than the maximum

Choose a brand new topic; this one is too hard to cover in a college paper

Reduce the scope of your topic to something more focused, such as the use of steroids in American high schools

Pick the first three articles you find and write an essay based on these three resources

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Week 6 Assignment

Excel Budget Assignment

During your time here at you might be asked to use Microsoft Excel. This assignment will help you to see some of the basic functions of Excel. As you complete the steps in the worksheet, notice the changes within the cells. For further information on Microsoft Excel, go to: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/search/explore?q=excel.

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Week 6 Assignment

Reflection: Personal Finance Basics

In 250-500 words, using the resources in the Topic Materials, please address the following questions using the attached Style template.

Based on the objectives and resources from this week, what do you feel is the main idea you learned about personal finance and financial literacy?

In what ways will the tips you read in the topic articles guide your decisions in the coming months?

What areas do you feel you need to grow?

Taking into account your program of study and potential salary/pay, what impact will that have on your financial security?

Be sure to use the attached Style template to complete the assignment.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

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Week 7 Assignment

Ensuring Future Succuss: Reference Guide-Online

This reference guide is designed to help you be successful after the end of this course. Use the attached document titled “Reference Guide” to complete the assignment.

Name:

Course:

Date:

Instructor:

Topic 7 Ensuring Future Success: Reference Guide

This reference guide is designed to help you be successful after the end of this course. Once you fill in the missing spaces, you will be able to use this information to access resources in the future.

Directions: Provide the appropriate information in the blank spaces for each resource, for all three guides below. You may want to reference materials or assignments from previous topics to help you fill in the information. The use of www.gcu.edu website will also be helpful in filling out the information.

Academic Reference Guide

Resources What does this resource do for you? Where do you find this resource? (Provide link, contact info, etc.)

Math Center

Writing Center

ACE Center/ Learning Lounge

Library

Tech Support

Academic Catalog/Policy

Title IX

Emergency/Active Shooter

Student Success Center

ThinkingStorm

Writing Style Guides

End of course survey (EOCS) Provides students with the opportunity to give feedback to the university about the course, faculty, and student advisor. Feedback is confidential and provides valuable insight that is used to improve the overall university experience. The EOCS is available only through the student portal and can be accessed one week before the end of class until one week after the end of class.

Student Portal https://newportal.gcu.edu/#/dashboard

Part 2: Spiritual Reference Guide

Resources What does this resource do for you? Where do you find this resource? (Provide link, contact info, etc)

Spiritual Life Page

The Department of Spiritual Life helps the community grow in a personal relationship with God through an active faith in Jesus Christ. http://students.gcu.edu/student-life/spiritual-life.php

Spiritual Life Blog

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Week 7 Assignment

Ensuring Future Success: Reflection

During the past few weeks, you have had the opportunity to develop a plan for success as a student here at and beyond graduation. Use the attached document titled “Reflection” to complete the assignment.

Name:

Course:

Date:

Instructor:During the past few weeks, you have had the opportunity to develop a plan for success as a student here at and beyond graduation.Analyze your academic, spiritual, and career goals from Topic 4 Purpose Plan. Complete the following prompts directly on this document—the box will expand as needed.

Based on your analysis, in 75-100 words total, describe what three action steps you will need to take in order