Updated: 2018-01-26 22:19 EST

1 Due Date and DeliverablesIndexup to index

Do not print this assignment on paper!

2 Purpose of this AssignmentIndexup to index

Do not print this assignment on paper! On paper, you cannot follow any of the hyperlink URLs that lead you to hints and course notes relevant to answering a question.

This assignment is based on your weekly Class Notes.

  1. Create a “head shot” image to help your professor know your name. Name the file exactly as given below.
  2. Read excerpts of research to understand the bad effects of multi-tasking and distractions on learning.
  3. Consider making changes to your own study environment to avoid multi-tasking and promote memory.
  4. Answer three questions using the exact format and labelling described below.
  5. Create a Plain Text (.txt) file containing the three answers. Name the file exactly as given below.
  6. Submit (upload) the two files (the image and the text file) as course work to Blackboard into the correct Assignments upload area.

3 Part A: Head-Shot Photo Image: abcd0001.jpgIndexup to index

The image you create in this section (and later upload) will be seen only by your instructor. The image will not be available in public.

  1. Create or select a clear head shot picture of you. (If you don’t have a clear head-shot picture, ask a friend to take one for you.) The head shot should show your face clearly.

    The image file must be a JPEG (JPG) format image. The image must be no smaller than 300 pixels in height or width and no larger than 1024 pixels in height or width. The file size should be less than 1 MB.

abcd0001.jpg

  1. Preparation for uploading the head-shot image file to Blackboard: Re-name the head-shot image file on your computer to be abcd0001.jpg where the text abcd0001 userid is replaced by your own eight-character Algonquin College (Blackboard) userid.

    The image file name must start with your own eight-character userid and end with a four-character .jpg extension. All the letters in the name are lower-case. The image file name will be exactly 12 characters long.

You will upload your abcd0001.jpg head-shot image file to Blackboard later in this assignment.

4 Part B: Multi-Tasking Considered Harmful: assignment01.txtIndexup to index

For full marks, follow these directions exactly.

READ ALL THE WORDS! below before you start to answer any questions.

  1. In the Course Notes, read the web page of This is your Brain essay excerpts. (You do not have to follow any of the hyperlinks on that page, but feel free to also read some of the original essays from which these quotes are taken.)

assignment01.txt

  1. After reading the above web page, open a plain text file on your computer named assignment01.txt and answer the following three questions in your own words (no copy and paste) in that file:

    • (I-2a): Given that studies show that multi-tasking makes it harder for your brain to remember what you have been doing (see the readings), in what ways does your method of doing school work and homework suffer from multi-tasking? In the file, label the start of your answer to this question with the exact six-character label (I-2a) (including the parentheses) in the text file. That label contains two letters and one digit.

    • (I-2b): How would it be possible for you to single-task your schoolwork, to remember it better come exam time (and job interview time)? In the file, label the start of your answer to this question with the exact six-character label (I-2b) (including the parentheses) in the text file. That label contains two letters and one digit.

    • (I-2c): Do you find that your brain has been trained to “process information rather than understand or even remember it”? (As an example: When given an assignment question, do you Google for the answer every time, or do you remember the answer and write down what you remember?) In the file, label the start of your answer to this question with the exact six-character label (I-2c) (including the parentheses) in the text file. That label contains two letters and one digit.

    Answer these questions in your own words. There are no right answers, but no marks will be given to short answers that don’t address the question fully. Single-sentence answers do not answer the question fully.

  2. Put your three answers in a plain-text file named assignment01.txt on your computer. Each answer can be made up of long lines of text (with no word wrap), or each answer can be made up of shorter lines of text (e.g. less than 80 columns wide is good) with blank lines between paragraphs.

  3. Create and edit a plain text file (not a word processor file) using the exact name assignment01.txt with no spaces or upper-case letters. This file name is 16 characters long and is all lower-case letters with two digits and one period. The name does not contain capital letters or spaces. There is only one correct way to spell the word assignment. For full marks, be accurate.

  4. Do not copy any of the essays or web page or any of this assignment question material into your file as part of your answer. Only include your three written answers. Just your answers! Do not copy any of these questions.

  5. For full marks, make sure you label each of the three answers exactly as shown above.

WARNING: If you use copy-and-paste from a word processor (e.g. MSWord) or enter text using a foreign language setting on your computer (e.g. Chinese), you are almost certain to include non-ASCII characters in your text file (such as Smart Quotes) that will lower your mark. Set your computer to use English and do not use a word processor to write the answers. Type directly into Notepad without copy-and-paste.

Please READ ALL THE WORDS

5 Blackboard Submission upload method for Two Files (2)Indexup to index

You should now have two (2) files with specific names ready for uploading to Blackboard:

  1. Your own head-shot image file, with a 12-character file name similar to abcd0001.jpg but where the text abcd0001 userid is replaced by your own eight-character Algonquin College (Blackboard) userid.

  2. Your assignment01.txt plain text file containing three answers that you wrote yourself without any copy-and-paste.

Make sure the two files have the correct names before you continue.

  1. Follow this method to upload the two files from your local computer to the correct Assignment area on Blackboard before the due date:
    1. On your local computer use a web browser to log in to Blackboard and go to the Blackboard home page for this course.
    2. Open the Blackboard Assignments area for the course, in the left side-bar menu.
    3. Under Assignments, click on the underlined assignment01 link for this assignment.
      1. If this is your first upload, the Upload Assignment page will open directly; skip the next sentence.
      2. If you have already uploaded previously, the Review Submission History page will be open and you must use the Start New button at the bottom of the page to get to the Upload Assignment page.
    4. On the Upload Assignment page, scroll down and beside Attach File use Browse My Computer to find and attach each of your two assignment files from your local computer. Make sure each assignment file has the correct name on your local computer before you attach it. Use Browse My Computer twice to attach each file.
    5. Make sure you have both files attached and listed as separate lines under Attached Files before you continue. (Make sure that the file names are correct!)
    6. After you have attached both files on the Upload Assignment page, scroll up or down on the page and use the Submit button to actually upload your two attached assignment files to Blackboard.
    7. After using the Submit button, you will see a page titled Review Submission History that will show all your uploaded submissions for this assignment. Make sure you see the Review Submission History page before you continue!

    Do not enter any text into the Write Submission or Comments boxes on Blackboard; I do not read them. Use only the Attach File, Browse My Computer section followed by the Submit button. If you need to comment on any assignment submission, send me EMail.

    You can revise, re-do, and re-upload your assignment more than once using the Start New button on the Review Submission History page to open a new Upload Assignment page. I only look at the most recent submission. Make sure you always upload both files every time!

    You must upload files with the correct names from your local computer; you cannot correct the names as you upload them to Blackboard.

  2. Verify that Blackboard has received your submission: After using the Submit button, you will see a page titled Review Submission History that will show all your uploaded submissions for this assignment. Each of your submissions is called an Attempt on this page. A drop-down list of all your attempts is available.
    1. Verify that your latest Attempt has both files and that each file has the correct name under the SUBMISSION heading.
    2. The two file names must be the only thing under the SUBMISSION heading. Only exactly two file names are allowed.
    3. No COMMENTS heading should be visible on the page. Do not enter any comments when you upload an assignment; I do not read the comments.
    4. Save a screen capture of the Review Submission History page on your local computer, showing the two uploaded files listed under SUBMISSION. If you want to claim that you uploaded the assignment and Blackboard lost it, you will need this screen capture to prove that you actually uploaded the two files. (To date, Blackboard has never lost an uploaded assignment.)
    5. Make sure you have used Submit and not Save as Draft. I cannot mark draft assignments. Make sure you Submit.

    You will also see the Review Submission History page any time you already have an assignment attempt uploaded and you click on the underlined assignment01 link. You can use the Start New button on this page to re-upload your assignment as many times as you like. Make sure you always upload both files every time!

    You cannot delete an assignment attempt, but you can always upload a new version. I only mark the latest version.

READ ALL THE WORDS. OH PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE READ ALL THE WORDS!

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