In this Discussion, you will start thinking about how you can best convey your
message through digital media such as a video, slide presentation, or podcast
which rely on both text and visuals to highlight a main message. If you are not
readily familiar with digital media tools, KUWC has resources that you can
review, and one of them is “PowerPoint Basics.” If you want to try
different tools beyond the basic slide presentation, the Internet has several
free tools to consider, such as Animoto®, Prezi®, PowToon®, WeVideo®, or
When considering both the tools and visuals to include, keep in mind the
following requirements of this unit’s digital media Assignment:
- Contains research from at least four reliable sources, including graphics,
to support the main message of the digital media presentation
- Contains at least two visuals (e.g., photo, table, diagram, chart, etc.)
- Cites research and visuals in APA citation format, both in-text and on a
References slide or separate Word document. You need to quote material taken
directly from a source. The same standards apply to both a presentation and
- Has a clear message related to an argument for change in your community or
- Is designed to reflect the needs and interests of a specific audience to
help motivate your viewers to take action
- Backs up assertions with evidence from credible sources in the text and
cites those sources in the text and on a References slide to allow the
intended audience to research the topic further, if desired
- Contains at least 8–10 slides (slide presentation) or lasts approximately
45 seconds to 1 minute (video or audio)
As noted in the Learning Activities, a great deal of thought should be put into
the selection and use of visuals and text in digital media presentations.
Therefore, you will write a detailed plan for the digital media presentation.
You will also create a draft of your digital media presentation and share it on
the Discussion Board to receive feedback from your classmates and the
instructor. You will receive peer feedback on your draft of your digital media
presentation, much like you may well receive comments and feedback from your
community members or coworkers if they are provided access to the digital media
When you engage in a team presentation, whether for work or school, you want to
provide support for your teammates, acknowledge their contributions by pointing
out strengths in their work, and offer original, thoughtful feedback that will
benefit the entire team. The ability to collaborate effectively is a crucial
professional skill, and this week's discussion will help you to build those
Respond to all of the prompts below in the context of your potential digital
media presentation on an argument for change in your community or workplace:
- Describe the argument for change you will convey in your digital media
presentation. Identify your primary audience, strategies for supporting your
argument, and your selected media tool.
- Create a draft of your digital media presentation and share it on the
Discussion Board. Attach the PowerPoint file or include a URL.
For this unit's Discussion, participation
will be worth 20 points. To earn full participation credit, you will
need to respond substantively to at least two peers' presentations.
These responses should offer substantive, constructive feedback and
offer specific suggestions for improvement. The responses should address
the following questions:
- What is the main message that you took away from the digital media
- How well do the written text and visuals work together to create an
- How might the identified audience respond to the presentation’s text and
- What were the strengths of the presentation?
- What are at least two areas that need improvement?
All Discussion posts and responses to peers should be written in complete
sentences using Standard American English. Before posting, proofread for
grammar, spelling, and word-choice issues. Be sure to respond fully to every
aspect of the Discussion.
When you refer to concepts from the unit Learning Activities, be sure to use a
signal phrase like “According to . . .[name of reading].” If you are directly
quoting the Learning Activities or another source, be sure to use quotation
marks and cite the source using proper APA in-text citations and full
Kaplan University Writing Center has
resources on APA citation formatting.
You can review a sample Discussion post and response to a peer by clicking on the
Unit 9 Sample Discussion Assignment.
You can review a sample PowerPoint presentation by clicking on the following
Unit 9 Sample PowerPoint. You can also
review a video version of the same presentation by following this link to
You can review the rubric the instructor will use when determining your
Discussion grade by clicking on the following link:
Discussion Assignment Grading Rubric