Every course had projects that often bridged across several courses. The following is an example of one project that was the year-long Action Research project and this one was to make the final checklist that all required components were ready for final review next month (month 12). This particular project required that I work closely with the month 12 instructor and capstone/Action Research coordinator.
1.6 Capstone Website
(DUE end of Wk1)
You will make sure that your Capstone Website is “month 12 review ready.”
:: Estimated time to complete
One to eight hours depending number of items to be completed.
You will complete all pages of your Capstone website except for a few items on the Final Presentation page.
The following pages are expected to be completed:
- Welcome Page
- AR Blog
- Lit Review
- Action Plan
- Cycle 1 Data
- Cycle 2 Date
- Summary (new item, see resources below)
- Abstract on Final Presentation page (new item, see resources below)
Make sure that you have posted all of the content to your web pages based on the example site, notes from the capstone coordinator and Dr. Bedard and following specific instruction list in the Resources section below. Finally, make sure to click the “I’ve completed this activity” button at the bottom of the FSO page.
- Due Date: End of Week 1, Sunday at 11:59pm ET (see Grade – Adaptive Pass/Fail below).
- Grade – Adaptive Pass/Fail: Please submit by or before the deadline. If errors are found or info missing we will work with you to have your whole Capstone Website ready for the month 12 Final Presentation committee review, but the website must be approved by Sunday, the end of week three. Failure to participate/resubmit may result in a student repeating month 11 or asked to take an Interruption of Service (IOT). The website must be approved by Sunday, end of week three – no exceptions. All sections of your capstone website must be approved before a grade will be awarded.
- AR Website Requirements: Please make sure that you have carefully completed your Capstone Website pages before clicking the “I’m done” button. Please review the list below, making sure that you have addressed ALL prompts and requirements:
- Welcome page: Bio video, 3 prompts/questions
- AR Blog: Only page to use blog theme, one entry per month answering monthly prompts
- Lit Review: After your Lit Review has been approved, post that FINAL copy (with the references that you used in the document) to your Lit Review webpage
- Resources: 20 or more references, include references in final Lit Review AND those not included
- Action Plan: Plan of Action: Forecast video and Respond to all five prompts as subheads required.
- Cycle 1 Data: Debrief: Respond to all prompts/questions required.
- Cycle 2 Data: Debrief: Respond to all prompts/questions required.
- Summary Page
- Capstone Trailer Video (created in Month 8 post at the top 300 pixels wide)
- On this page you will summarize (500 – 700 words) your project based on conclusions drawn from Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 data.
- You are required to include/address following components:
- Did your proposed solution work? Provide details to support your response from the inquiry questions you asked with the data you collected.
- Compare/contrast your results as supported/refuted by the research explored in your Literature Review – Include citations to increase the credibility of your Action Research Project
- Include a thoughtful reflection on the results of your action research and how this will help you in the future to make recommendations for change.
- AR Abstract: You will post your abstract in your Final Presentation page of your AR website with the subhead “Abstract” (without the quotes).
- Format: The abstract is a single, unindented, 1.5-spaced paragraph.
- Length: 120 words or less (no exceptions)
- Concision: To save space in the abstract, use standard abbreviations (AMA, rather than American Medical Association); use digits for all numbers, except those that begin sentences; and use active, rather than passive, sentences.
- Content: In the opening sentences, describe the topic or problem addressed in the whole AR project, use the remaining words in the paragraph to clarify methodology (for a research study), to identify major ideas, and to explain results or conclusions. If a paper is lengthy and multifaceted, describe only the most important elements. It can be one sentence per AR section: Problem, Lit Review, Metholodogy, Results and Conclusion.
- Student Work: Lastly, we have an examples of student work. Examples of student work, while generally helpful in creating your own work, can also artificially limit students to duplicate the examples instead of pushing themselves to create something far more amazing then what is required. That said, the following examples are given to address some concerns about direction and expectations. We prefer giving you a rough list of requirements as an outline and then be amazed at the results. Here is an examples of student work: