For this assignment each student, or pair of students, selects a
topic on which to prepare a summary (2-4 pages) in written form that
gives other students a quick start when they face that topic. These
briefings are intended to provide or point to key resources= key
concepts, issues and debates, lesson plans, web sites and bibliographic
references, annotations on and quotes or paraphrases from those references,
informants/contacts on and off campus, relevant workshops, etc. Imagine as
your audience peers who you can interest in your topic, but who do not want
to start from scratch in finding key resources on this topic and learning
how to think about it. To begin preparing their briefings, students view
previous versions linked to the course website or meet with me to get
initial suggested resources.
The briefing assignment addresses the goal of students becoming
better able to "fulfill the needs of your school, community or organization,
address the information explosion, adapt to social changes, and collaborate
with others to these ends."