The Impact of Technology on Learning

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CUR 526 CONCEPT PAPER CHECKLIST
TITLE PAGE ___Includes title of project
___Includes your name
___Includes the course name and number
ABSTRACT
___Identifies the need/problem to be addressed
___Identifies the project goal(s)
___Includes at least one sentence about the objectives
___Includes at least one sentence about methods to be used
___Is brief and to the point
___Is free of jargon
___Is no more than one page, double spaced
PURPOSE
___The need or problem is identified in clear and concise terms
___The need or problem is supported by data [e.g., national, regional, state, county, and/or school/agency statistics]
___Answers the following: What is happening that needs to be changed? Why?
Who is involved? Who will benefit? How extensive is the problem?
What has been tried already and why hasn’t it solved the problem or eliminated the need?
___Describes the setting and the population from which the participants will be selected or recruited
___Provides specific information about the target group
___The information establishes the baseline for the objectives in the Methods section.
RESEARCH
___At least eight research articles have been reviewed and are specifically cited.
___The need or problem is supported by research and all cited references are included in the Reference List. All citations and direct quotes follow APA guidelines.
___The strategies that you are proposing in the Methods section are supported by research that others have conducted to address this need or problem (or one that is similar).
METHODS
___There is an introductory paragraph that links the need, the research, and the strategies chosen.
This section of the paper also includes:
Goal(s)
___Is/are written to reflect long-term outcomes.
___Reflect(s) each aspect of the project
***Use words like: to provide, to establish, to create, to improve, to prepare…
Objectives (observable and measurable)
___Logically present the steps necessary in order to achieve the goal(s)
___Identify who will be achieving each objective, including number of participants
___Specify what is to be attained—and how that will be measured
___State the time when the objectives will be met
[e.g., After 12 weeks of tutoring,…]
***Use words like: to increase, to reduce, to improve—and by how much?
(Who will do what, when will they do it, and how will you know that they have done it?)
Activities & Strategies
___There are activities related to every objective
___The program activities are clearly described (it is obvious how the objectives will be
achieved through these activities)
___The strategies are clearly described.
___There is a logical sequence of activities which should lead to accomplishment of
the objectives and there are checkpoints where the project can be modified, if
necessary
___There is a reasonable scope of activities that can be accomplished within the time
allotted for the project
___There is a specific timeline and indicates who will be responsible for each activity (e.g., it is clear what the teacher will do and what the students are expected to do)
___The resources necessary to implement these activities
are listed.
___There are evaluation activities
EVALUATION PLAN
___Includes methods for evaluating the implementation process
___ Includes methods for evaluating progress and final outcomes
___Tells who will be performing the evaluation and how evaluators will be/have been selected
___Defines evaluation criteria (which correspond to that in the objectives)
___Describes data gathering methods
___Explains any test instruments or questionnaires/surveys to be used
___Samples of any evaluation instruments created for this project are referred to and drafts (or final versions) are included in an Appendix
___Describes the process of data analysis
___Describes the ways that the data that are collected will be used
___Describes how the process evaluation will be used for program improvement
CONCLUSION
___There is a summary paragraph (or two) to re-emphasize the potential benefits from the implementation of the proposed project.
REFERENCE LIST
___Every citation is in APA format
___All references cited in the proposal are listed, in alphabetical order, in the reference list.
___Only references cited in the proposal appear in the reference list.
___The list of references is entitled References.
APPENDICES
(if any)
___Are in the order in which they were first mentioned in the concept paper
___Are labeled A, B, C, etc.
OVERALL PRESENTATION
___Information is presented in a clear and logical fashion.
___Format of the paper conforms to the American Psychological Association publication 
manual (5th ed.) guidelines.
___All acronyms are written out before they are used for the first time.
[e.g., American Psychological Association (APA)]
___There are no spelling or grammar errors. The writer has proofread the
paper. (Remember: the Spellchecker will only indicate whether a word is spelled
incorrectly—it won’t tell you whether the word is the correct word to use.)
___The paper is written in the third person. (The words “I” and “feel” do not appear in
the proposal. Refer to yourself by the title you will hold in the project
implementation.)
___Contractions (e.g., can’t, won’t, etc.) are not used.
___All sections are double-spaced. (Exceptions: Tables and charts may be single-
spaced. Reference list entries are single-spaced, with a double space between
each entry.)
___The paper is free of jargon
___The paper does not include generalizations and assumptions—-statements are
supported with research and/or data.
 

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