The Final Paper is Only the Beginning!
Posted by Robyn Gotch
Emerging Media Topic
Because these are my first final papers as a Graduate Student, I am a bit anxious. Luckily, I have been able to nail down a good paper topic that I feel comfortable researching and presenting. I will be doing my paper about:
Are iPads Suitable Substitutes for Manuals, Textbooks and Other Paper Documents in the Business and Educational World?
This topic will allow me to present information relating to how people in education and business have fared in the past utilizing paper documentation as well as present how iPads can make life easier.
I know people who like to redecorate. One of the ways they find inspiration is to use one picture, pillow, rug or piece of furniture and then design the room around this piece. A similar opportunity afforded itself to me. As I was researching a similar topic for another course, I came across an article by the Air Force:
|Fontaine, S., & Blake Johnson, N. (2011, September 19). Table takeover. Air Force Times, pp. 18-20.
In this article from the Air Force’s own publication a realistic review of the role of the iPad is presented. In early phases of testing, there is a very optimistic outlook for the iPad tablet as it is charged with being able to reduce costs and weight on flights. While the Air Force and other branches of our armed forces are beginning to utilize the iPad because of the need for added mobility, there are also concerns regarding security. These concerns are also identified.
Looking to the Future
While working on this one project is important, the process overall has been enlightening in many ways. The past two weeks have been spent in contemplation of what my (3) final projects will be about. What started out as separate thought processes has coalesced into a realization that all that I do while here at UW Stout is of value farther down the line.
As I was perusing topics on graduate studies on the internet, I stumbled across an article at the Dartmouth Writing Program website relating to Writing a Thesis. The information presented, though quite simple, is also very powerful. It de-mystified the process for me and urged me to begin “thinking” about how I want to finish.
To this end, I am designing a data base to house information relating to my time at UW Stout – more particularly to organize and add notations to articles, books, chapters, magazines and other print media (both on the internet and hard copy). I really think that by doing a lot of reading, making a few notes here and there and being able to search and re-read, I can save an enormous amount of wasted time later on and have a much better understanding of my choices when the time comes.
Once I have a workable version, I would be happy to share it with anyone else that would like to use this as a tool.
About Robyn GotchAfter many years of quilting, sewing and long-arm quilting for myself, I felt it was time to offer these same services to the public. You will find that because I am a quilter myself, your projects will be treated with the same care and respect that I do my own.
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