Built Environment Analysis Draft

        [ Define terms: infrastructure, public transit, arterial road, sprawl, etc     ] Thesis: Atlanta’s infrastructure contains inherent flaws which prevent it from adequately coping with the level of traffic. While the city does have public transit options, the urban sprawl has greatly outpaced them in size compared to other metropolitan areas of a similar size. [ elaborate on thesis and outline main points     ] Figure explaining types of roads [ Infrastructure Flaws (layout of roads) compared to other cities (lack of arterial road, causes and effects of sprawl)                                                                                                                                 ]                                                                        Map of the four MARTA subway lines [ 2. Public transit flaws compared to other metropolitan areas -Miami -Munich -Hamburg -Barcelona                                                                                      ]   Logo of Renew Atlanta [ 3. Plans to counteract...

Built Environment Description: www.georgia.org

The State of GA logo displayed at the top left of the webpage. For my Digital Built Environment Description, I chose www.georgia.org. This is the website for the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), that plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract business to the state of Georgia. The GDEcD also promotes the state as a tourist destination and a site for on-location filming. The top of the www.Georgia.org homepage When you first get to the homepage of the site, it doesn’t quite present like the website of a government agency. It has a slightly flashy, modern feel to it, with the main color scheme being composed of a grey patterned backdrop and white panels with text on them. In the top left corner, the website has a row of flags that change the website into the respective language of that country and redirect to a different page on the site regarding international trade with that country. This adds significantly to the functionality of the website as well as it’s legitimacy in it’s efforts to attract foreign business to the state. directly below this is a row of icons linking to different social media websites like Facebook and Twitter that allow you to follow the GDEcD. Moving on down the page, the next feature is a row of menus with drop down sub-menus that appear when you hover your mouse above them. The names of the menus (with subtitles in parentheses) are: Competitive Advantages (Incentives, Workforce & Lifestyle), Business Resources (Growth, Relocation & Innovation), Industries in Georgia (Key Sectors & Strengths), About Us (Contact & News) and next...

Annotated Bibliography #10

  Hsin Hsin Chang, and Su Wen Chen. “The Impact of Online Store Environment Cues on Purchase Intention: Trust and Perceived Risk as a Mediator.” Online Information Review 32.6 (2008): 818–841. emeraldinsight.com (Atypon). Web. The stated purpose of this paper is to explore whether or not online environment cues like website quality and branding affect consumer purchases on that website. The article also aimed to find the level of relation between perceived risk and consumer trust in an online shopping environment. The study confirmed that website quality and branding do affect customer purchasing decisions but also found that website branding played a larger role in that decision than website quality and insisted that online retailers focus their resources on improving the brand of the website rather than improving the functionality of the website. I chose this article because it exemplifies one of the practical applications of a good understanding of online spaces and how people interact with them. The only possible flaw with this article is that it was published in 2008, which leaves open the possibility that consumer attitudes toward online shopping have changed enough since then so as to invalidate some or all of the...

Annotated Bibliography #9

Thomas, M.j.w. “Learning within Incoherent Structures: The Space of Online Discussion Forums.” Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 18.3 (2002): 351–366. Wiley Online Library. Web. This bibliography covers a case study published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. The study explores the implications of using the format of a discussion forum on students’ learning. it relies on a study on patterns of interaction on one of these mediums and the effects it had on learning outcomes. The findings suggest that the typical “branching” model for online discussion forums may be insufficient to realize the true potential of a conversational mode of learning in an online space. I chose this article because it directly relates to this class since the majority of this class is conducted online and commenting on posts, either by the instructor or by other classmates, is an integral part of the course. It also loosely relates to my Annotated Bibliographies #7 and 8 because the one of the types of forums this research could be applied to are unmoderated forums, which would be another example of the “Affinity Space” of informal learning. I can’t find any limitations in this article that significantly affect its purpose or findings. This source would be helpful to anyone looking to explore the effectiveness of the increasingly prevalent “online-discussion” mode of learning on students’ performance. An example of the “comment branch”...

Annotated Bibliography #9

Thomas, M.j.w. “Learning within Incoherent Structures: The Space of Online Discussion Forums.” Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 18.3 (2002): 351–366. Wiley Online Library. Web. This bibliography covers a case study published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. The study explores the implications of using the format of a discussion forum on students’ learning. it relies on a study on patterns of interaction on one of these mediums and the effects it had on learning outcomes. The findings suggest that the typical “branching” model for online discussion forums may be insufficient to realize the true potential of a conversational mode of learning in an online space. I chose this article because it directly relates to this class since the majority of this class is conducted online and commenting on posts, either by the instructor or by other classmates, is an integral part of the course. It also loosely relates to my Annotated Bibliographies #7 and 8 because the one of the types of forums this research could be applied to are unmoderated forums, which would be another example of the “Affinity Space” of informal learning. I can’t find any limitations in this article that significantly affect its purpose or findings. This source would be helpful to anyone looking to explore the effectiveness of the increasingly prevalent “online-discussion” mode of learning on students’ performance. An example of the “comment branch”...
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