The guiding question is considered as a turning point for me. In fact, it was the key to start my journal on the inquiry project after blogs. This stage makes me thought about choosing a good topic, to begin with. In this project, I have two guiding questions as you can see in details on the Editor’s Projected Inquiry page. In this page, I will talk about the first one I made on February 11, 2017, which appears on the right hand because it was an important turning point for this project. The first guiding question came from the Reclaiming Conversation book, specifically, from the chapter “The end of forgetting”. This chapter was discussed how the machines or robots will affect our life in the future and discussed different ideas around this topic, which lead me to think of my first question. For example, it says “We want more from technology and less from each other” and “Children grow up with robotic pets and digital dolls”. I feel these quotes carry an important issue that needs to explain, so I came with my first guiding question which was “Do you think machines will start to become too similar to humans and be treated similarly?” I started to find answers to my question and different new questions raised. As a result, while I am reading sources, I built new ideas which made me have an interesting collection of sources at the end.
Peer reviews were the helpful stage that the inquiry project faced to be at the end picture. I listened to my colleagues’ opinions about my work as the editor, and they gave me good pieces of advice on March 27, 2017, as the picture shows below:
For example, at the Glossary Key Term page, I added a lot of terms that seems to me they need to emphasize because I don’t know them before, such as this word “Tendency”, but it was understood by a lot of people, so I deleted this word. I am still learning the English language as my second language every day. As a result, peer reviews advised me about which words I should add to this page. In other situation that peer reviews helped me, is when I made my Editor’s Introduction page. They gave me the advice to fix some grammar mistakes like in this phrase “Having an Autism” I don’t need “an” between these two words, so I deleted and so on.
Mindmap of Topic
The picture above shows my mind map that I made on March 15, 2017, for the project. After we read a myriad of sources, we confused with having a lot of ideas that we found while we are reading. As a result, we needed a way to arrange our thought. The mind map of the topic was the helpful way to collect and arrange these ideas. It made my topic connected as you can see in the picture. I like this stage because it makes me see the whole picture of the project. It helped me to pick the important sources that touch my question to see the different aspects that I searched about it, or I need to search for it. It makes me match the proper sources with the proper ideas. For example, I want to talk about robots can help to solve a big problem, so I chose for this idea this source “Robots eat pollution” and so on. This moment of writing ideas out, helped me to move forward in this project.
Using Library Website
Library is a place that has a biggest information and data you need for any research. Some libraries offer this information on the websites such as the Atkins Library of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. In fact, searching the library website is the difficult stage for me, but my peers and I met with the librarian on February 22, 2017, to teach us about the tools that the Atkins Library has. It was an important day for me because making a research is not only for this class, but I can take the advantage from this meeting to another class that requires making a research, and that what happened. In my class of Introduction to Engineering principle two, asked me to make a research about how can we find the solution for a long waiting time in the hospital by using six sigma program, and that projected required to make some research on the library. I used these tools such as “database” to be specific and find what I want to search about easily.
Revision is an important stage for any work you did. ًWhether you made this review or someone made it for you. In this project, my teacher Ms. Gretchen Pratt gave us a good advice on April 21, 2017, to focus more on some points and enhanced them. The picture below shows some these advice:
For example, she put this question “How can you make the home page more visually? Interesting?” As a result, this question lets me thought to put pictures that are introduced my topic at the first glance. Even me, I did the revision, and I edited some grammar mistakes that I can’t see it while I am writing, like matching the tenses if it is in the past or in the present. Alos, adding “s” to present tense or plural noun. I changed some sentences to be more understandable and more clear for the audience. So, it considers as a significant turning point contributed to developing this project.