The Options

Guiding students to the right option for them

It can be tempting to consider one option easier than the other; what is right for the student must come first and care should be taken to guiden them to make a choice that will give them the most rewarding experience. Students have a choice of two options for the reflective project - an essay or a shorter essay with additional format. Both are accompanied by a series of reflections. This page considers Option 2 in more detail than Option 1 as students can find it hard to access without the right help.

UNIT PLAN: Planning for additional formats

How do you help students decide which option of the additional format is right for them?

Sometimes students can discover through careful questioning that Option 2 really is the perfect vehicle for the ethical dilemma they want to explore. Consider the following suggestions and use the worksheet below to help students dicover how a particular format might be used to the best of its advantage.  This is also useful for supervisors to help them advise students in the early stages of their reflective project.

A short film (recorded video;7 minutes) or a written film script (700 words)
Choose a film if
there are particularly visual ideas that you want to communicate that you might not be able to do in an essay. For example, you may be exploring the physical impact of an ecological issue on the local environment and population and you can successfully illustrate primary evidence of this ethical issue through film. Remember you are not being assessed on your filming ability but you do need to be able to communicate well. You may know nothing about film making but want to learn and this will be a great learning journey.

Mind map your inital ideas for: 
... what type of film would best fit the ethical dilemma you are exploring
... whose perspective or perspectives you want to tell the film from
... what you will need to prepare this (pre-production such as story-boarding)
... what you will film it on and how you will film it
... how you will edit this and what advice you need to get going.
... difficulties of logistics: for example permissions for participants, locations or any copyright material you want to cite.

A spoken presentation (recorded audio or video; 7 minutes) or a written script (700 words)

Choose a spoken presentation to support a shorter essay if you feel confident that you can present the content orally in an engaging, articulate and convincing way. This is a great format to support a shorter written essay if you want to present the ethical dilemma with a sense of debate especially if you feel very strongly about the issue.

Mind map your initial ideas for:
... what content would be best presented in the shorter essay and the spoken format
... how you could support your presentation visually too
... how you could utilise your voice or body language to support the delivery further
... which elements you find most daunting and which you find most appealing

An interview (recorded audio or video; 7 minutes) or a written script (700 words)

Choose an interview to support a shorter essay if you are fascinated by the way you feel your ethical issue and dilemma can be best presented through interviewing people with interesting perspectives. This is certainly an excellent choice if you are considering journalism as a career choice. You will need to have confidence that your role as inquirer and that your questions can draw out interesting responses from your interviewee.

Mind map your initial ideas for:
... what the interview could convey - look at criteria B and C for help
... what the purpose of questioning might be. Perhaps look into socratic questioning as part of your research
... the ethical ramifications when interviewing someone. Will your editing change the meaning? Does the interviewee have a say in the final piece?

A play (recorded on audio or video; 7 minutes or a written script (700 words)
Choose a play to support a shorter essay if
you are particularly interested in expressing your ideas creatively and directing others as this is a fascinating way to do it. Taking the ideas and viewpoints that have emerged from your research on an ethical dilemma and taking advantage of drama, dialogue and stagecraft to explore them has been done by many successful and eminent playwrights.

Mind map your initial ideas for:
can you successfully create a team to support you in this process? Think of the logistics.
... how you might capture an ethical dilemma in just 7 minutes. Are there examples you might look at for inspiration?
... at what stage of research the play could be fully planned
... what dramatic devices you could/want to utilise in your final piece
... if your ideas would be better expressed in performance or a written script
... the logistics of recording a final piece.

A display (a storyboard or photo essay using up to 15 annotated images and 700 words)

Choose a display to support a shorter essay if your research uncovers the significance of imagery to support the ethical dilemma at the heart of your project. Sometimes there are ethical dilemmas that can be depicted successfully in an image; sometimes the way bias and subjectivity emerges can be captured perfectly in an image rather than extensively in writing. You might be very keen on photography and media, looking to deepen your expertise in this area in preparation for further education or employment - this might be the perfect mode to showcase your talent. 

Mind map your initial ideas for:
... how you will source your images. Are you creating the images yourself orare you using secondary sources? Or might there be a reason to use both? How will you avoid plagiarism?
... how you will utilise the additional written comments for your images. This is an area not to be overlooked just because the word count is comparatively small.
... how you will present your ideas. After researching your ethical dilemma extensively, an idea will emerge about what purpose you want your display to have.

Deciding on Option 2 worksheet
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