TED Talk

Overview: The short response activities in the webtext throughout this course are designed to show your understanding of key concepts as you engage with course content.


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Prompt: During the fifth week of the course, you will respond to several questions in the webtext as you complete this week’s reading. At the end of Module Five, you will review your answers to these questions and ensure that you have responded to each question. It is important that you answer each question. Otherwise, the words no response will appear in brackets when you submit the assignment. The questions and their original locations in the webtext are listed below in case you want to refer back to the reading as you edit, but you can edit your responses to all the questions directly in Module Five: Tailoring the Message to an Audience, learning block 5-4 (page 5) in your webtext before exporting to Word for submission to your instructor in the learning environment.


Module Five: Tailoring the Message to an Audience, learning block 5-1 (page 4):

  • Question 1:
    1. Was this TED Talk engaging? Did you want to keep listening? Why or why not?
    2. During the presentation, did you ever feel lost or confused? Did you understand the technical concepts that Sabeti presented when explaining her work?
    3. After listening to her talk, do you feel personally connected to the issue? Does her work affect you? Why or why not?
    4. Discuss at least one potential drawback of Sabeti’s approach that you want to see her address in future presentations, publications, or research.


Module Five: Tailoring the Message to an Audience, learning block 5-2 (page 2):

  • Question 2: Who is the audience of Pardis Sabeti’s TED Talk? Focus not only on the audience shown when the camera cuts away from the stage but also on Sabeti’s message and how she chooses to present this message. Who does it seem like she is talking to? What evidence do you rely on to help answer this question?
  • Question 3: How does Pardis Sabeti tailor the message of her presentation to her audience?

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