Three Potential Solutions due this Sunday (October 27)
Up to now we have asked you to focus on identifying and exploring a problem, but now you finally get to focus on coming up with solutions. This step provides you the opportunity to show your ingenuity and breadth of perspective in addressing the problem at hand. No later than this Sunday, October 27, we ask that you detail three different potential solutions to the problem you’ve identified for your persona, and describe the solutions in the appropriate place in your proposal document. Please describe each solution in a paragraph or approximately 5 bullet points -- you don’t need to go into every detail, but there should be enough explanation so that others can understand how the solution will work and think about its pros and cons.
Each solution should address, in a different way, the main need you have identified for your persona, as expressed in the POV statement you have crafted. (In response to feedback, some of you have found it necessary to refine or change your persona or POV statement, and that’s fine.)
The chemist Linus Pauling once said, ““The best way to get a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” Don’t simply put down the first three ideas you have. Refer to the “Imagine” cards in the Design Mindset deck as you come up with many ideas for solutions, and then choose three (or more, if you wish) viable and interesting solutions to put into your proposal document.
In looking at your three potential solutions, we want to see evidence that you’ve thought deeply and expansively about the nature of the problem, and that you’ve put effort into describing each potential solution clearly, showing how they are distinct from each other.
We’re also looking here for evidence that you understand the nuances of the issue you’re addressing well enough that you can articulate solutions that utilize different starting points. Make sure that you allow yourself enough space to credibly describe each of your potential solutions, and note that you’ll ultimately be choosing one of these solutions, or (more likely) combining them into the core of your actual proposal.
Once you have posted your three solutions, please look at those posted by others, and respond with questions and suggestions.
What’s your source?
The purpose and value of citations (references from news media, academic and professional sources) is to support your assertions with verifiable data and to broaden the scope of discussion concerning the issue/s at hand in any given posting. Be sure to provide a link to the source you are citing, enabling your fellow-caucus members to read, evaluate and otherwise benefit from it themselves. (And be kind to your readers -- don’t just paste the URL into your text, but instead use the link button in the editor to change a word or phrase into a link.)
If you’re co-authoring a proposal:
Be sure that *both* authors are editing the proposal document equitably, so that it’s clear when looking at the revision history that both people have been contributing. You should *not* include author names in the title of the document -- when both authors have made at least one edit to the document, they will both show up in the document as contributors.
Speaking of proposals....
Think of your proposal as a living document. You are highly encouraged to go back and revise any part of it as your thinking evolves. A document with many substantive revisions shows that you are taking risks, responding to feedback, and thinking actively about your proposal.
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IMPORTANT: EDUC 362 Students
The Proposal Check-In meeting is mandatory for all EDUC 362 students. Sign up NOW if you haven’t already done so -- after 5:00pm this Thursday, we will close the sign-up sheet for new appointments.