Phase One

Week 2:    

After watching the two YouTube videos and considering the lecture notes, I found myself guilty of sometimes incorporating/mixing opinions with facts in previous work. I understand using my opinion in research is problematic because it is my own “lived truth”.  Therefore, I cannot expect every reader of my work to have engaged in the same experiences I have lived, in order to agree with my personal opinion driven in emotion. I think opinion has the potential to weaken an argument or research due to bias. Since an opinion is subjective and cannot be confirmed, it makes it harder for an individual interpreting your work to come to a conclusion due to the many possible doors that are now open when entertaining the posed opinion rather than a fact.

 A fact being proven and verified by experts, allows your work to be supported instead of having yourself fall within the gaps formed by an opinion that can only be lifted alone. In my head, I imagine an opinion being a house made from straw. Easy to break, supported by little to nothing. A fact can be viewed as a brick house. Strong, glued, and supported.

Week 1: Introduction

Hi! My name is Anjalee and I’m a second year Concurrent Education in Theatre student. My interests include baking, volunteer work, and working towards racial diversity in the arts. I am excited about the course project because I am open to learning new things. Personally, I haven’t seen many university courses offer students space and time to generate a truly thoughtful opinion through a scaffolding technique. From the way the course project is set up, I really believe that there is an opportunity to grow with strength.  

A research shortcut/ tactic I think might be commonly used by undergraduate students is the reputation heuristic I learned in my Computer Information and society class (NATS 1700).  This commonly occurs when students take the information found on the website of a well known organization with a profound reputation to determine the credibility of the information being presented. The problem of this tactic can be limiting because sometimes it may not be in  the best interest or benefit of a student. Just because the reputation of a site is intact, this does not have to do with our ability to know if the information is true or false, we end up not analyzing the information critically due to the reputation overshadowing our lens.