computer and student success



For this assignment, pretend you are writing a journal or diary entry. Write about your first week at Grantham – things that surprised you, and things that made you feel a bit overwhelmed.Since this is a diary/journal, be sure to explore your feelings along with describing the events that occurred.

Here are some prompts to start your thinking. Address at least five of these prompts in your response:

1.What motivated you to attend college

2.What factors influenced your decision to come to Grantham University

3.What are some of the things about college that you are looking forward to

4.What are some of the motivators that will keep you going if/when you encounter challenges

5.Your developing relationship with your Student Advisor

6.Your first impression of your instructors

7.Your first impression of your fellow students

8.How you expect your life to change while you are a college student

9.How you expect your life to change once you graduate from college

Your diary/journal entry should be about 500 words (double spaced typing, using a 12 point Times New Roman). Use Microsoft Word to prepare your assignment.


Grit and Growth

This week, you viewed two video lectures (the “source material”). The first video was Dr. Angela Duckworth explaining her concept of “grit” and the second video was Dr. Carol Dweck explaining her concept of “growth mindset”.

Your assignment is to:

Summarize the Duckworth “Grit” video

Summarize the Dweck “Growth” video

Write a comparison in your own words of how these concepts relate to each other.

Please write a paragraph for each bullet above and use complete sentences. The total length of this assignment is 750 words (double-spaced, using 12 pt. Times New Roman). Use Microsoft Word to prepare your assignment. You will attach the Word document to the assignment dropbox (do not type directly into the dropbox).

Refer to the Pocket Keys for Writers (chapter 8b) to refresh your memory on how to summarize material (taking notes over the source material); also review this week’s written lecture for tips on summarizing videos.


Victim / Creator

Your assignment this week is to help new employees become successful in their new jobs. You want to tell them how to harness the power of grit, growth, and the creator mindset.

To provide this orientation for new hires, please create a PowerPoint presentation. Use the template to prepare your assignment. Follow the examples for aesthetics (typography, screen design, media, white space, and color pattern) while also including notes for each slide.

Review the Multimedia Screen Design PowerPoint presentation to get some great advice on how to use color, fonts, and page design to create an easy to read, pleasing to view presentation.

These new employees have not heard about these concepts before, so be sure to:

1.Describe each term (grit, growth mindset, victim mindset, creator mindset and others that you may choose to include)

2.Give examples of each concept

3.Suggest ways in which the employee can demonstrate the concepts that will help them be successful

4.Describe what consequences may arise if the employee does not demonstrate the desired concepts


Success in College

This week, you are asked to explain to people who are interested in attending Grantham what it will take to be successful as an online college student.Refer to the materials presented in the first four weeks of this course (written lectures, textbooks, videos).

Your paper should start with a statement or a claim about what it takes to be a successful student in an online college.(This is called your argument – refer to Pocket Keys for Writers chapter 3a).

Throughout the rest of the paper, you will support your argument by providing descriptions, explanations or examples of the mindsets, skillsets, and tips for success that you believe to be relevant.

The paper should be 750 words, (using a font such as 12 pt. Times New Roman).


Last week you submitted a paper on “success in college.” This week you will have a chance to use your self-evaluation skills along with the instructor’s feedback to rewrite that paper.

Make a new copy of your W4 assignment (rename the new copy so you still have the original copy of the W4 assignment).

Here’s what you need to do:

1.Record yourself (either audio or video) reading the paper out loud. As you read, make a note of errors that need to be corrected (misspellings, typos, improper word choice, poor sentence construction, etc.). This recording will only be viewed by the instructor(s) at Grantham University. These will not be publicly available.

2.Review the feedback provided by your instructor in W4. You will need to include those suggestions into your rewrite. Make corrections in your paper using bold and italics (together) to indicate the changes your instructor suggested in the feedback from last week’s paper.

3.Use the default yellow highlighting color in Microsoft Word to indicate changes from your own self-evaluation of your work.


Based on this week’s readings and videos, you now have some information to help you understand what you need in order to achieve your goals, and you also have some strategies for requesting help from your friends and family during your college journey.

Your assignment this week is to have an “I need” conversation with someone close to you (friend or family member).There are two parts to this assignment. First, you need to prepare for your discussion by creating a “conversation plan.” Then, you need to reflect on how the conversation unfolded. You will submit your outline of the conversation plan (part one) on the same page as your reflection (part two).

PART ONE: Here is the outline for your conversation plan.

1.Create a vision of the ideal state (“I want to earn this college degree”)

2.Explain your reasons for setting that goal, be sure to point out what’s in it for your friend/family member (“With a degree, I can earn more money for our family”)

3.Explain what it will take in order for you to achieve that goal (“I need two to three hours of quiet time each night in order to study”)

4.Explain how the other person can help you (“If you can bathe the kids and put them to bed, I will be able to study”)

5.Anticipate any resistance (“I know you are tired by the end of the day, and so it may be a challenge to do that by yourself”)

6.Offer a solution or a compromise (“I can help on the weekends, but I have deadlines on Sundays and Tuesdays”)

7.Remind your friend/family member of the positive outcome (“If we can work this out, then I can graduate in three years and we then will be able to afford that new car we want to buy”)

PART TWO: After you have the “I need” conversation, reflect upon how it went.Then, write a reflection paper that includes the following information

1.Recap your “I need…” conversation. With whom did you have the conversation? Did you cover your main points?Why or why not?

2.Reflect on your emotions. How were you feeling during the conversation?

3.Analyze your friend/family member’s reaction. How did the person respond to your conversation?

4.Anticipated results: Do you believe you will get what you need?Why or why not?

5.If you were to have the “I need” conversation with a second person, would you change anything given your experience with the first conversation?Why or why not?


Resolving a Conflict

Sometimes situations arise in courses (or with instructors) that make you angry or upset, yet you need to resolve them diplomatically. It is important to email your instructor in a way that is professional and not accusatory, while asking for resolution of the conflict.

Pick two of the scenarios below, and write a professional email for each to a fictional instructor about the situation.

Scenario 1

You were in the middle of taking your final exam (which is timed) when the power went out. When the power resumed, the exam time had expired.You were only able to answer a few questions, and have a failing grade on the final. Write a professional email to your instructor explaining the situation, and asking if the exam can be reopened.

Scenario 2

You just looked at your grade on a project; it was much lower grade than you anticipated. You do not understand why your grade was low because your tutor helped you prepare the project. Write a professional email to your instructor asking for clarification on your score.

Scenario 3

Prior to the due date, your instructor approved the late submission of your assignment.When you looked at your grade, points had been deducted due to the late submission. Write a professional email to your instructor inquiring about the late penalty.

Scenario 4

You were reading through the posts of your classmates, and you notice that one of them copied your discussion post – i.e. they plagiarized. Write a professional email to your instructor informing them of the situation.Be sure to provide the name of the fictional student who plagiarized, and explain what they did.

Use the following template when composing your emails:

Subject Line: GID, Your Name, Course Name (Ex: GU101) Topic / Issue

Instructor’s Name,

My name is ________________________, G00012345…

Explain what the issue is.


Your Name

The following links may be helpful in the creation of your emails:


For this assignment, you will create a tri-fold brochure that explains to your classmates why college students need to complete General Education Courses.

First, go to the Grantham University Catalog and select three general education courses that you feel are significant to a college student’s education.

Then create a tri-fold brochure in which you explain why it is essential that a college student complete each one of these courses.Be creative; use pictures associated with attending college.Your brochure should be a professional document; grammar, spelling, and punctuation are important.

Use the brochure template to develop your tri-fold brochure.NOTE: While this layout does not seem to make sense if you view it as a flat Word document, recall that the final product would be folded.

Here are the guidelines for presenting your information. The pages of the linked template have been labeled to help you organize your brochure.


oThis is the front cover of the brochure.

oCreate an interesting title and include relevant artwork – entice the viewer to open the brochure.


oThis is the first page the viewer sees upon opening the brochure.

oIn your own words, provide an overview of the General Education program.


oList the first general education course

oUse your own words to explain why this course is essential


oList the second general education course

oUse your own words to explain why this course is essential


oList the third general education course.

oUse your own words to explain why this course is essential.


oThis is the back cover of the brochure.

oInclude your name and GID.

oFeel free to add artwork or other information on this column.


You are encouraged to work with your Student Advisor on this assignment.

You are going to develop an Academic Plan showing the courses you will complete to fulfill your degree program.You can print this out and put it on your refrigerator to track your success as you go through college!

Here are the elements of an Academic Plan:

  1. The first column lists the terms you need to complete the degree (usually 10 terms for an Associate’s degree; 20 terms for the Bachelor’s degree; these may vary with each student).
  2. The second column lists the month/year of the term – noting if you need to take time off for other commitments (use the * and footnotes to explain)
  3. The third column lists the first course you plan to take.
  4. The fourth column lists the second course you plan to take.It is suggested, but not required, that you take two courses per term; check with your Financial Aid plan to see if there are requirements on how many courses you can take per term.

The Academic Plan is simply a table that you can create in a Word document.Here is a truncated example:

My Name:

Joe Student

My Degree Program:

Bachelor of Arts, Strategic Communication

Month/Year of Term

Course #1

Course #2

Term 1

Jan 2019



Term 2

Mar 2019



Term 3

May 2019



Term 4

*Aug 2019



* I plan to take off the month of July 2019 due to a work trip I have to take but I will come back in August


In this scenario, you are part of an online class business class which is studying diversity in the workplace and diversity training. The prompt asked about the purpose of diversity initiatives/trainings, and how they can benefit business. A student posted what he experienced at his workplace diversity training not too long ago. A second student replied to his post, but with a very different “take” on the topic.

Here is a copy of the second post:

You got lucky. My job makes us attend these stupid trainings for diversity every year, and they are a complete waste of time. I mean, I am not going to be mean to lazy people who don’t do their work because they come from cultures where people don’t work hard. I know it’s not their fault that they were raised that way, and I guess they do ok for who they are and all, but that doesn’t mean I have to like picking up their slack. But that’s the world today, we have to accept everyone and everything.

Your job is to respond to thesecond post and maintain professionalism while you do. Your response should defuse the situation (rather than make it worse).


One aspect of the final project is to anticipate any upcoming events that might delay your progress toward graduation (i.e. a pregnancy, military deployment, planned move, etc.)Discuss how you plan to work around these speed bumps so you can get back on track quickly.

If you cannot think of any planned speed bumps, then discuss the impact of unanticipated circumstances (earning grades of “F” or withdrawing from courses)How will these impact your progress toward graduation, and what can you do to mitigate those circumstances?


A Glimpse Into the Future

It is now five-ten years in the future, and you are a Grantham alumnus. Congratulations! You are working in the field you have chosen.

In this post, you will:

1.Introduce yourself to the class as the person you are in the future.

2.Describe your workplace and your job title.

3.Explain one way your life has changed as a result of your college experience at Grantham.

4.Predict what you will be doing next. (What are your new goals?)

PART 13 75-150 words a piece

  • In week 4, we are learning to create Microsoft Word tables. Tables are used in many documents. Describe a specific document in which you would use a table and state the topic of the table and column headings as well as a description of the content for the rows of the table.
  • Perform research on the internet to find best practices or tips when creating and/or presenting a PowerPoint presentation. In your discussion post, describe TWO of the best practices or tips you found and how to implement them into your presentations or why you think the tips are important.
  • In our lives, we can find many tasks that can be completed using an Excel spreadsheet. Discuss an application for an Excel sheet in your personal life or at your work or expected career. Also, discuss at least two Excel functions you find helpful ( which haven’t been posted already). Perform research on those two functions of your choice and tell us what they do, how they work and an example of how you would use them at home, work or an activity.
  • Research line and pie charts through course materials or internet. Describe how you would decide which type to use as well as give a specific example of the use for each type that would be useful in your life or future career.


Write a letter using Microsoft Word asking a local business (real or imagined) to hold an event or to

donate funds for your charity (real or imagined). In the body of the letter ensure you name your

charity, what the donation will be used for, the benefits your charity offers to the local community and

your contact information. Please read through the remaining directions and information. View the

following links to learn about the setup up of a business letter

Parts of a Business Letter

NOTE: No templates are to be used for this assignment

The content (body) of the letter is two paragraphs. The second paragraph would include

contact information.

No templates can be used for this assignment. You need to start from a blank word

document and complete the letter without the use of a template.

Include sender’s address, date, inside address (is the address for the person to whom you

are sending the letter and is right before the salutation – see the links above), salutation,

body of the letter, and signature block.

Include a bulleted or numbered list of at least three items in the body of the letter. For

instance, this could be for how the donation will be used, benefits of your charity, or ideas for

an event.

Change the font of the signature in the signature block of the letter so that it is a different font

than that used in the rest of the letter.

Use at least two other font features like font size, bold, or underline in the letter. For instance,

you might italicize the signature or contact information, change the font size of the bulleted

list, underline the phone number, bold the name of the charity, etc.


For this project, pretend you are an organizer for a charity in your local area. The charity can be a real or pretend charity.You will be creating a Flyer advertising a fundraising event, a spreadsheet showing donations for 3 events given in each of 3 cities and creating a presentation in which you are telling an audience about your charity and the great work it does. Read below for more detail.

Flyer Instructions:

Using Microsoft Word, create a flyer.Have a title centered at the top of the page in an appropriate size font.Below the title, you will have an image related to charity or event that is centered.There will then be a paragraph telling us about the charity event.Below the paragraph, left aligned and each on their own line tell us the What, Where, and When.Bold the words What, Where etc. Below that type the words Point of Contact and center it and below that create a one row by three column table. In the table, have a name, email and phone number of the point of contact.Below the table have the words:For More Information, Visit: then type in a real or imaginary web address. The flyer should be one page.

Some ideas for charity events could be a Bizarre, Fair, Bake Sale, Cake Walk, Carnival, Book Fair, Car Wash, Craft Fair, Pancake breakfast, Dinner….

Spreadsheet Instructions:

Using Microsoft Excel, create a spreadsheet that will have three cities of your choice and three fundraising events for each city in which money was raised.Have the word Donations in bold and merged and centered above the spreadsheet.Also bold the Cities and Events. Best fit columns headings as needed so they are visible.The spreadsheet is to calculate the total donations for each city and event.It will also total all donations and provide percent of total donation for each city.Percent will be formatted with percent symbol and totals with $ symbol with no decimal places.The sum function must be used for the totals and a formula used for percent of total donations for city.Be sure to label columns and rows, so it is clear what is in your spreadsheet and bold all column and row headings. Include your lastname and GIDnumber as a comment in cell A2.

Presentation Instructions:

Using Microsoft PowerPoint, create a 5-8 slide presentation in which you tell us about the charity you are involved with.There must be a title slide with a title and your name as the presenter. There also has to a concluding slide as the last slide in which you include contact information. On other slides include charity mission, benefits or accomplishments and where donations are spent.Also create a table showing donations locally.The presentation should include at least one image and have at least 1 slide with bullets points.The presentation should have one design theme or a background that is the same for all slides.There should be one slide transition that is used throughout the presentation.

For your submission, zip together the three files, the spreadsheet, the flyer, and the presentation, into a file entitled this file into the assignment area.


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