assignment/ Digital Divide/600 words

M3R Final Due Date: Fri, June 1st at 11:45PM.

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Minimum Word Count: 600 words Maximum Word Count: 800 words

There are different explanations of what constitutes a Digital Divide, and considerable research on the various groups of people integrating the internet (or not) in very different ways, due to socio-demographic factors.

In your own words (properly paraphrased and cited), explain what is meant by the Digital Divide and what groups of people in general are noted to be affected by/experiencing the Digital Divide. Pick one group specifically, and explain how some of the barriers and constrains experienced by this particular group of people impedes fully partaking in the Participatory Culture that Jenkins et al (2009) describe.

Important Notes:

  • The ‘tone’ is academic and more ‘formal’; avoid first person, watch your vocabulary – do not be conversational, do not use contractions.
  • You are required to stay within the minimum and maximum word count, or you will be penalized .5.
  • You are required to stay within the minimum and maximum word count, or you will be penalized .5 (half a mark).
  • Do not provide descriptive opinions and speculations, make succinct arguments that are supported by research and literature.
  • Double space your submission. Please pay attention to your writing style: grammar and punctuation matter. Have someone proofread your work. Your responses must have an introduction, body/discussion, and conclusion. Response submissions should not be one paragraph. No need for title pages, or running header this assignment.
  • Your M3R response must include at least two pieces of support from of the module three readings. Jenkins et al (2009) must be included (cited/reference list), but is not counted as part of your support/evidence.
  • Properly cite and reference any readings that you use in APA format. Submissions that do not cite and reference material properly will not be accepted and will result in a zero. This means, if nothing is cited in your submission – it will not be accepted. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are meeting university standards for academic writing, regardless of what your home department is.
  • Do not use any direct quotes in your module submissions – Instead, rephrase and cite properly. You will be penalized .5 (half a mark) if you use direct quotes. Paraphrase and cite properly (this is a learned skill).
  • Please name your M3R file properly with course number, last name, and assignment name. For example: 2F00FirstLastNameM3R.doc

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  • Late assignments are not accepted and will receive a grade of 0.
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  • Do not wait until the last ten minutes to submit your module response.
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M3R Grading Rubric

The M3R Grading Rubric is included here in order to help you formulate your submission.


Does the discussion include:

-what is meant by the Digital Divide

-what groups of people are affected in general

-one group of people to discuss specifically

-what is meant by Participatory Culture (Jenkins et al 2009)

-the barriers and constrains that impede involvement in Participatory Culture

-at least two pieces of support from of the module three readings

Writing Style & Referencing

Does the submission:

-present discussion in an academic/formal manner

-cite sources properly according to APA format.

-provide a properly APA formatted reference list of cited sources.

-Jenkins et al (2009) is included (cited/reference list)

-flow well organizationally with clear writing style & proper academic tone; introduction, body with supporting evidence, and conclusion.

-present discussion free of typos, and free of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and paragraph structure errors.

Framework of Grading

Incomplete 50s D

Submission is missing key components of the assignment guidelines.

Inaccuracies 60s C

Submission does not follow assignment guidelines or requirements.

Needs Work 70s B

Submission mostly follows requirements, but has areas that need improvement (ie depth of analysis).

Meets Criteria 80s A

Submission follows guidelines and meets all assignment requirements in a coherent way.

Exceeds Expectations 90 A+

Submission reflects a level of analysis that goes beyond what is expected at a second year course level.

Additional resources for assignment

  • File attachment M3R.pdf ( 25 KB; May 21, 2018 7:05 am )


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