Persona/POV due Saturday, and other important notes

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Responding to media artifacts

Please look at other caucus members’ artifacts and offer feedback in the comments area below the various proposal pages -- the Topic Coordinators will be contributing comments as well.  

Persona and POV Statement

The next major milestone in your proposal-crafting is the Persona and POV Statement, due no later than this Saturday, February 22. Having taken an in-depth look at a major issue facing students in Michigan and sharing what you have found in your Media Artifact, your next step will be to start narrowing your focus and choose a composite person (“persona”) related to the issue described in your media artifact in some way, so that you can work to meet that person’s needs. See this document for a detailed explanation and this slide deck for TC recommendations. Remember: you’re still focusing on defining the problem, not coming up with solutions yet. Be sure to refer to the rubric for Personas and POV statements in the syllabus.

At this point, you (together with your co-author, if you have one) will need to start a new proposal document, following the “proposals” tab in the relevant topic area. Please do not put your name(s) into the title of the proposal -- the title should describe the topic only. (Don't worry, you can edit the title at any time.) If you are co-authoring your proposal, editing the document once will add your name as a contributor on the page, and we will know that the proposal is yours. (If you are working with a partner, make sure that both partners edit the document frequently under their own names, so that we have evidence of your collaboration.) The proposal document comes with an outline template; you will include your Persona and POV Statement in the appropriate section of your proposal document.


Now would be a good time to start identifying and contacting consultants (some of you have already done this for your media artifact -- you can include those). By way of reminder, you are meant to engage consultants in substantive discussion regarding your proposal’s need, scope, practicality, and likely impact on the lives of students in Michigan. Consultations should be with three people outside of the MSC who have specialized knowledge or insight about your  issue (including but not limited to professionals, professors, government officials, and community leaders). Bear in mind that a consultant’s experience and/or expertise can also be invaluable in helping you streamline your research process and make it more efficient.

EDUC 362 students: Proposal Check-In Meetings (updated) 

Proposal check-in meetings with faculty will take place by appointment next week Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; you can find the sign up sheet for appointments herePlease sign up no later than this coming Sunday. The meeting is to talk about the direction and shape your proposal is starting to take, and we will discuss your media artifact score as well. If you are working with a co-author, you must schedule a check in for the same time together.