Writing Assignment #3 is a research essay.
Courses that fulfill the General Education Requirements (GERs) at UMUC all have a common
theme — technological transformations. In following this theme in WRTG 101, we have read
(and listened to) various authors on the innovations and transformations that digital technology
has brought about in education and in other fields.
Writing Assignments #1 and #2 focused on this theme of the transformations wrought by digital
technology. Writing Assignment #3 continues with this theme.
You have two options for your Writing Assignment #3 essay topic. They are the same options
you had for Writing Assignment #2, the cause/effect essay.
As you know, for your Writing Assignment #3 essay, you can write on the same topic that you
wrote on for Writing Assignment #2. If you do this, however, you must expand and rework
your argument and provide more researched sources. It’s not enough just to add a few words
here and there and slip in a new reference or two. Your Writing Assignment #3 essay has to be a
significantly revised, significantly enlarged, fresh piece of work that shows you have done new
research and thought more fully about your topic.
Technology and Education
Analyze the impact of a particular trend in technology on education.
Here are some examples of the sort of thing you could analyze.
The potential impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on
You might focus on a particular field of study for this choice
The impact of online courses on education. You might focus on a particular
field of study
for this choice
The impact of digital media on online courses
The impact of the computer on writing courses or courses in other
The impact of certain forms of technology on reading skills or reading
Whether video games should be introduced into schools and used to help
Technology and Your Field of Study
Analyze the impact of technology on a field of study of your choice.
Here are some examples of the sort of thing you could analyze.
The impact of mobile devices on cybersecurity
The impact of the Internet on the field of advertising
The impact of cloud computing on a particular business field
The impact of the Internet in an area of communication studies
The impact of the Internet on global marketing strategies
The impact of a particular type of technology on health care
Your essay should have the following:
an effective introductory paragraph containing a clear, one-sentence thesis
(underline the thesis statement).
at least three body paragraphs, each one discussing a major point and
source material to support that point and the thesis
an effective concluding paragraph that reiterates the essay’s main idea (the
Since this is a research essay, you might want to cite sources in the opening paragraph.
You will likely need to provide the following
a brief historical background on your topic
definitions of any terms you think require clarification for the reader
You are required to use at least six researched sources for this essay.
At least four of these six sources must be acquired through the databases subscribed to by
UMUC’s Information and Library Services.
At least three sources must come from scholarly journals.
Keep in mind that if your sources are scholarly, the argument you make in the essay will be
more persuasive. For this reason, try to use all scholarly sources if you can.
You can cite more than six sources. The requirement for six sources is a minimum. Use more if
you need to.
You should employ APA format throughout your Writing Assignment #3 essay.
Chapter 13 of our textbook (Writing for Success) covers APA format (pages 491-537). You
don’t have to read this whole chapter. Think of it as a resource you can access to answer
questions you may have about particular aspects of APA style.
Here are the major components of an APA-style essay (taken from page 492 of Writing for
— Title page
— Body, which includes the following:
Headings and subheadings, if necessary, to organize the content
In-text citations of research sources
— References page
All these components must be saved in one document, not as separate documents.
Our textbook also adds the following (from page 497):
APA style requirements address specific formatting concerns, such as margins, pagination, and
heading styles, within the body of the paper.
Use these general guidelines to format the paper:
1. Set the top, bottom, and side margins of your paper at 1 inch.
2. Use double-spaced text throughout your paper.
3. Use a standard font, such as Times New Roman or Arial, in a legible size (10- to 12-point).
4. Use continuous pagination throughout the paper, including the title page and the references
section. Page numbers appear flush right within your header.
You should follow this APA format exactly except for one item.
For Writing Assignment #3, you do not need an abstract.
When you submit your Writing Assignment #3 essay, please title your Word document with
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