We have graded the first round of information packets -- the authors can
pick them up in 341 Aiken anytime we're here. We wanted to make some
feedback available to those of you who are presenting to your teams on
Monday. Here are some general (and hopefully useful) comments on the ones
we have seen so far:
Kudos to those brave individuals that went first -- grades have been
adjusted accordingly. We got some great information about the problems, but
in general you need to work on the next -- thinking ahead about how your
findings will fit into the overall problem analysis.
Build solidarity -- use your team name. And remember this is a report to
your team, not to us.
Findings should be focused on your dimension; if you find info useful to
other members, pass it on separately.
Discussion should be developed from and draw on specific findings in the
Every finding should be attributed to at least one source by author-date
Discussion should be addressed to the team (not to us!); consider
addressing statements to specific members of the team, ie.:
"Team: I think the new data on population growth hasn't been fully
considered in the EIS"
"Julie, we need more specific information on the ecological impacts of
"Fred, I think the full costs of harvest have not been worked out or
Attached information should be intended to back up and fill in details of
ALL the references in your bibliography should be cited in the findings,
discussion, or attachments. Remember, academic journals are the real "high
grade" sources, especially if you are specifically looking for hard facts
or peer-reviewed conclusions rather than opinions or positions. In general,
the style of the bibliographies was acceptable to very good.
Although you may also have more general questions you want to talk about,
your questions or discussion points should be developed from your findings
and aimed at linking them to ther dimensions.
WHile we don't expect you to have the whole problem figured out, in
general, the most points were lost because students failed to work on
integrating their findings into the overall problem or relating them to
Presenting members should be prepared to lead the discussion on your findings.
Rick and Ben
School of Natural Resources
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405