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Online / Distance Learning

Argumentative Essay Assignment

In 1500 1700 words, you must write an argumentative/ persuasive essay on online/ distance learning. The topic provided is broad to allow students to develop their own arguments. As such, as discussed and highlighted in class, students should not simply argue with or against online/ distance learning. Such an argument would be very broad and will be susceptible to many gaps and loopholes; therefore, students should carefully narrow down their topics and choose an appropriate argument.

The distinction between online and distance learning may be explored as the two are slightly different. This distinction may be brought up depending on the specific argument raised by the student; otherwise, students should use online learning OR distance learning throughout their essay.

Because the topic is very relevant to students and they have experienced it firsthand, I expect them to use their experience to reflect on online/ distance learning to further develop their argument. Noteworthy, however, is the fact that their experience may be too personal and opinionated.

To avoid the aforementioned, students should bring in their experience and discuss how it is not strictly limited to them but is quite common and generalizable. To do so, students will be conducting and participating in a survey. The survey will be used as the students research for this essay and may be brought up in the essay. Students will have access to the survey questions and results. This will allow students to interpret, analyze and prove different ideas in their essays.

No further research is required; however, if students would still like to add researchers ideas to further develop and support their own, proper integration and source citations are expected.

The essays may be developed using any argumentative model discussed earlier in class. The argumentative model selection depends on the evidence, stance, discussion, and scope of the argument. Irrespective of the argumentative model, students must keep in mind that the arguments are addressing the opponents, not proponents. Hence, the ideas that students bring to the argument should address the possible objections that opponents have against the argument and the refutations.