Associate Program Material
Selecting a Topic and Brainstorming Worksheet
Complete the following and post as an attachment.
What two objects, people, subjects, or concepts are you going to compare and/or contrast?
Online Education vs. Traditional Education
What are the similarities between the two objects, people, subjects, or concepts? List as many similarities that you can think of.
Course plan or Syllabus
Collaboration with peers
What are the differences between the two objects, people, subjects, or concepts? List as many differences that you can think of.
Type of communication between students, teachers, and peers Flexibility
Face to face interaction
Required equipment for online courses
Are you going to focus on similarities, differences, or both? Explain your rationale.
Both. I want to show my audience that even though there are slight differences in online education and traditional education, you will still receive the same education, just choose what fits best for you.
What do you want your readers to learn and understand after reading your essay? What is the purpose of your essay?
I want them to learn that there are alternatives to getting a college degree. My purpose is to influence them to choose the type of learning environment that suits them best.
What 3 parallel points of comparison and/or contrast will you address in your essay? For example, if you were going to compare and contrast two teachers, your parallel points might be teacher’s homework policy, teacher’s classroom conduct policy, and teacher’s demeanor.
Academic requirements Student/teacher/peer interactions
Explain why this is an appropriate and workable topic selection for the final assignment.
I feel this topic has many comparable qualities and it appeals to my own interests as well as others.
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