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Dear Class Members,

We find the most common error on assignments occurs when inadvertently, the instructions
are not followed. For example, for Assignment #1, the most common error is to
submit an incorrect number of annotations or annotations for the wrong readings.
Please read these instructions carefully and post questions if anything is not clear.
As you work on the assignment, check back with the instructions periodically to
ensure that you are following them--that is, annotating the correct readings and
writing annotations that meet the requirements as set out in the descriptions and
examples. And, of course, never hesitate to ask questions.
Reminder: Please do not forget that this first assignment must be submitted
to the 608 Writing Coach (deadline for submission to the WC is February 18th),
and you are strongly encouraged to submit the assignment to Turnitin to check for
any instances of unintended plagiarism prior to submission for grading. These
services are intended to assist you in continuing to improve your writing and citing
skills. (See details in separate postings in the Course Management and the
Writing Coach Q & A Conferences. If you have questions about how to use
Turnitin, please direct these to Steffi.)
This assignment is due in your assignment folder on February 23rd. The instructions
are posted in this first section of Unit 1 so that you can begin to work on your bibliography
at the same time as you start the readings. If you have questions or comments about the
assignment, please post them in the Conference so that others may benefit from the
Which Readings Do I Annotate for Assignment 1?
You will annotate 10 of the required readings for Unit 1. There are a total of 15 required
readings in Unit 1: 5 readings in the Introduction, and 10 readings in Elements of Learner
Support (3 for Tutoring and Teaching, 3 for on Advising and Counselling, and 4 for Library,
Registry, and Other Administrative Services). You may choose to annotate any 10 of
the required readings for your bibliography except the one used as an example
below (Lefoe, Gunn, & Hedberg, 2002).
What is an Annotated Bibliography?
An annotated bibliography is an informative reference list that includes an annotation or
short description of each reference. An annotation is a summary of content plus information
that would help a reader decide how useful the piece would be for them. It should include a
value statement about the reading (e.g. the clarity with which it is written, the quality of the
research on which it is based, the credibility of the source, etc.) as well as information about
the intended audience and/or in what circumstances it would be helpful (e.g."this article
would be particularly helpful for those interested in cost/benefit analysis" or "the article
includes helpful suggestions for practitioners").
Each summary should be titled with the reference in APA format, be written in full sentence
format (not point form), and should demonstrate a clear understanding of the main
intent and key point(s) of a particular reading. Hence, always start an annotation
with a sentence that identifies the type of reading (journal article, research report,

government document, website, etc.) and describes the overall thrust or purpose
of the reading (e.g "This journal article reports on a comparative study of attrition
across three institutions and provides recommendations for institutions that
want to improve learner persistence".) The other main points should flow logically from
this (major findings, conclusions, recommendations). You can then conclude with your
assessment of the value or usefulness of the reading. Each annotation need not be longer
than about 4 to 6 sentences (about one paragraph of 100-200 words) for each reading. For
example, a lengthy complicated reading might require about 200 words in an annotation.
The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to create an efficient reference tool that can be
used to scan a particular body of literature (for example, when doing a literature review for
a thesis, a major research paper such as the one required in OMDE 670 in this program, or
other types of research into a particular topic). Someone other than yourself reading
one of your annotations should be able to quickly see from your summary what
the original reading is about and evaluate whether the article might be useful for
their particular purposes. An example of an annotation of one of the required
readings is provided below.
Note the format of the example and follow it to ensure that the you capture the critical
elements of each reading. It has a comprehensive first sentence that a) identifies the type
of source (journal article) and b) provides an overview of the content of the whole piece
(findings of a case study describing...). This is followed by a brief but complete summary of
the keys points of the content covered in the article. The final sentence includes an
evaluation of usefulness/interest to a specific group.
Sample Annotation
Lefoe, G., Gunn, G., & Hedberg, J. (2002). Recommendations for teaching in a distributed learning environment: T
he students'
perspective. Australian Journal of Educational Technology. 18(1), 40-56.
This journal article reports the findings of a case study describing the student experience of a distributed learning
environment at the University of Wollongong in the first year of the program. Through analysis of a series of
interviews with students, the authors identified areas for improvement of services. For each area of concern
(pedagogical, technological, learning support, and administrative), recommendations for action are made, including
setting clear expectations for student performance, ensuring students receive prompt feedback, providing
opportunities for students to work collaboratively with other students, providing assistance with technology,
marketing available support, and providing help with administrative issues. The article includes 50 references and
four tables, presenting a matrix of issues, students comments and recommended corrective actions, and would be of
interest to those developing or managing learner support services for geographically spread students.
For further discussion of annotated bibliographies please consult the resources in the
classroom including Webliography (you will find a couple of helpful websites listed) and the
Library Module for MDE 608 which you will find in the top menu under Resources and in the
lefthand menu under Course Resources. You will see that the last tab on the top of the
home page of the Library Module is called Annotated Bibliographies. If you click on this tab,
it will take you to a page that describes annotations, gives an example, and provides more
links for further information. One of the resources that you will find on this page is a link to
the very good tutorial provided by the UMUC Library

Please note that in the sample annotation in the Library Module, there is strong
emphasis on whether the original piece is a credible source. Given that the
readings for this assignment are all required course readings as opposed to
sources drawn from elsewhere, this is not of as much concern. Your evaluative
statement might focus on the usefulness (for whom), currency, and/or the quality
of research if applicable but need not address the author's credibility or whether
the reading is "scholarly".
For the purpose of this assignment, it is most important to demonstrate that you
have a good understanding of the content of each reading and can state what it is
about clearly and succinctly.

Important Note about Assignment Deadline: The first assignment must be

submitted to the Writing Coach on February 18th and is due in your assignment
folder for grading on February 23rd and will contribute 20% to the final grade.
Please note that UMUC policy requires that any request for extension to an
assignment deadline must be made in advance of the deadline and will be granted
only in extraordinary circumstances for a limited period of time (UMUC Policy
allows for 48 hours). If you have questions in this regard, please consult the
specific UMUC regulations with respect to grading and extensions.
Technical Requirements
1. With respect file formats, we recommend using .rtf, .doc, or .docx.
2. File names should follow this format: 608-LastnameFirstinitial-A#.doc, where "#"
represents the assignment number. For example: Joan Smith's paper for Assignment 1 has
the file name 608-SmithJ-A1.doc.
3. Attachments must be scanned with antivirus software before posting to the Assignments
Folder, and a note indicating the antivirus software and virus signature update version
posted in the notes section. For example: "Scanned with ESET NOD32 Antivirus Virus
signature database: 5810 (20110123)."
4. Please number your pages and for reasons of consistency we suggest the following
header on top of your document:
[Your Name]
[OMDE 608]
[Section: 9040]
[Title of assignment]
In case you face technical problems with WebTycho, you may also send your assignment as
E-mail before Midnight on February 23rd (EST) to: jbrind@uwindsor.ca
As noted above, please post any questions regarding the assignment in the conference so
that all students may benefit from the discussion. If questions are of a more personal
nature, please send them to Jane at the above email address.