Here is the link that you can use to write discussion.  https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_bu_how_books_can_open_your_mind#t-65759

The discussion exercises require you to explore multimedia content, choose a source, and relate it to the one of the weekly texts we read (ie. one of the short stories). This exercise is designed to be engaging, fun, and interactive. J Discussion Exercises must be posted on the specified due date before your participation responses. Late posts will not be accepted. Once you submit your discussion exercise, you will be able to view and to respond to other students’ posts.

1. Discussion Exercise

Due on each specified date that is listed in the calendar. Late posts will earn the grade of “0.” Explore various online sources pertaining to a weekly text (ie. one of the short stories that we read) or its author. Sources may include but are not limited to: 1. General multimedia-websites, short articles, podcasts, weblogs, videos; 2. Visuals-photos, artwork, graphs, charts 3. Social media-Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. Do NOT use Wikipedia. J

When you choose your source, complete the following in your exercise post:

1. Attach the source or provide a link. You attach sources by clicking on the paperclip. If you choose to provide a link, double-check and make sure the link works so all of us can see it. J

2. In at least 100 words, address the following:

1. Briefly describe why you chose the source.

2. Explain how it’s relevant, interesting, confusing, humorous, etc. to the  weekly text (ie. short story) or to the author. Include in-text citations.

3. Describe what you learned or can possibly learn from it.

4. Provide a Works Cited citation. Examples of most citations can be found on the MLA Handout (citation is excluded from the 100-word requirement).


For this Discussion, review Walden’s mission, and focus on the social change aspect. Think about how this aspect of the mission relates to your personal and professional life. Then, reflect on social issues and social change efforts within your own community. Consider how these efforts might impact your professional goals and motivate you to be an agent of change.

By Day 4

Post a description of your vision for social change. Include how your personal vision complements Walden University’s vision and mission, as well as how Walden University might help you achieve your professional and academic goals. Then, describe a social change effort that is currently going on in your community or an effort you think needs to take place in your community. Explain how this effort may impact your personal and professional goals—and ignite your passion to be part of the helping professions.


The Consultant     Social influence is pervasive. Understanding mechanisms by which our own behavior is influenced can help us intentionally shape the behavior of others.  In this discussion, we will consider various forms of social influence by creating an intervention designed to address a particular concern in one of many real world settings.  To inform your thinking on this topic, begin by reading “Harnessing the Science of Persuasion” (Cialdini, 2001), “Social Influence: Compliance and Conformity” (Cialdini & Goldstein, 2004), “Cognitive Consequences of Forced Compliance” (Festinger & Carlsmith, 1959), “Behavioral Study of Obedience” (Milgram, 1963), and “Attribution Versus Persuasion as a Means for Modifying Behavior” (Miller, Brickman, & Bolen, 1975).  Then, imagine yourself as a consultant in one of the following scenarios.  You are responsible for developing a plan to modify behavior, which will be based on social psychological insight.  Select one of the following options and design a program, supporting your answer with scholarly and peer-reviewed sources. Explain to the individual in the scenario, in layperson’s terms, relevant theory and research that addresses the social psychological variables involved.  Summarize a clear intervention strategy, formulating advice regarding future behavior. •A business executive seeks assistance in creating a comprehensive plan to market a product. [You may choose the product.] •A lawyer is requesting insight regarding jury behavior in order to achieve more favorable trial outcomes. •A prominent member of the community is considering a run for political office and would like advice regarding successful campaign strategies. •A doctor is concerned about rising rates of illness due to personal behavior and wishes to provide appropriate counsel to patients in order to change behavior for the better. [You may specify the type of illness or behaviors, as necessary.] •A substance abuse counselor is alarmed by recent statistics on drug and alcohol use amongst younger and younger children and would like to design a targeted program to address this issue. •Other (as provided/approved by your instructor)


Reflection Discussion

For this week’s forum, make an original post addressing at least two of the following reflection prompts by Thursday at 11:59 pm, and respond to at least one of your classmates’ posts by Sunday at 11:59 pm. Your original post must be at least 100 words long.

1. Observation of self and/or others – Throughout the time this course is scheduled you will catch yourself or another person doing something that exemplifies or directly relates to ideas you are reading about or we are discussing in class. Make note of these as they occur so you can describe the experience and discuss how it relates to the topic for that week.

2. Quote contemplation – As you read the assigned texts particular passages will capture your attention as especially interesting or personally meaningful. Make note of these, writing down the passage verbatim and providing a clear reference as to where it may be found (author, text, and page #s). Then describe the significance of the passage (e.g., what is notable about it? why did it capture your attention? what situation at work or home exemplifies the author s point?).

3. Thoughts on readings and responses to reflection questions – Record your other thoughts/reactions/ questions as you work your way through the readings. You may decide to focus on a case study or exercise, something from this week’s class meeting, or other personal integration of course concepts.

4. Personal discoveries – Record your other thoughts/reactions/questions as you work through the readings and assignments. What case study, reading, class meeting discussion, or personal integration of course concepts most surprised you? Why? How were you challenged to see things differently? What was your belief/perspective before the discovery? What is your belief/perspective after the discovery? What change(s) will you make because of this discovery?


Your boss mentions that recently a number of employees have received calls from individuals who didn’t identify themselves and asked a lot of questions about the company and its computer infrastructure. At first, he thought this was just a computer vendor who was trying to sell your company some new product, but no vendor has approached the company. He also says several strange e-mails requesting personal information have been sent to employees, and quite a few people have been seen searching your company’s trash dumpsters for recyclable containers. Your boss asks what you think about all of these strange incidents. Respond and be sure to provide recommendations on what should be done about the various incidents.


In this Week’s Discussion, you reviewed reading strategies and examined your own research process. Now you will put these concepts and insights in practice for this Week’s Assignment.

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Review the Learning Resource on Determining the Main Points of a Reading.
  • Choose one of the preselected journal articles in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Applying the concepts from this week’s resources, critically read the journal article, taking notes or engaging in any research methods that you would like to try.

The Assignment:

Select three related main points from the journal article (excluding the Abstract), and directly quote them.

In addition to the directly quoted main points, compose 1–2 sentences of rationale for each main point. Use these sentences to explain the reason you selected each point from the journal article. Consider the following questions in your rationale:

  • Why are these three specific points the author’s main ideas?
  • What makes them stand out to you as a critical reader?
  • How are these main points related to one another?

Submit your Application using the Walden Course Paper template by Day 7. Your submission should be 2-3 paragraphs long.

Note: Assignments that are submitted without using the Walden Course Paper template will not be reviewed by your Instructor.


Discussion Question 1

“Technological Competence in the Workplace or Classroom”  Please respond to the following:

  • Imagine that you are responsible for hiring instructors who exhibit technological competence in the classroom or workplace. Identify two (2) characteristics that you would expect to find applicants that are hallmarks of technological competence and information literacy. Justify your response.


Discussion Question 2

“Acquiring Resources Through Technology Grants”  Please respond to the following:

  • Create an argument for the use of one (1) type of technology discussed in either of the course texts. Support your argument with a brief description of the technology and a statement of the need that the acquisition of the technology in question would fill.
  • Use the Internet or the Strayer database to research available government and / or organization technology grants. Sample sites include Discovery Education, located at http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/tag/grants/ for business and industry and Teacher Tap, located at http://www.eduscapes.com/tap/topic94.htm, for K-12 grants. Next, select one (1) grant and develop a summary of the grant proposal you would submit to solicit funds to acquire the technology that you argued for in Part 1 of this discussion. Your summary should include a one (1) sentence statement of the problem, one (1) goal and one (1) outcome, an identification of the target population, and one (1) evaluation criteria for the successful integration of the technology into the related context.