What is a Capstone Project? A Capstone Project is a culminating experience designed to enable students to bring together what they've learned and apply it. In this course, you've been applying what you've been learning all along. What makes the Capstone Project different from your other assignments is that it builds on the totality of what you've learned, including what you've learned about yourself, and guides you in developing a plan going forward. For Part A—Analyze Your Mindset (below) you will explore the concepts of mindset and neuroplasticity, situating your experience as a learner with respect to each. Take plenty of time to complete each component of this part of your Capstone Project—no reason to rush. Use the resources below to learn more about the concept of mindset, why and how it matters, and to investigate your own mindset—where you are on the continuum from “fixed” to “growth” and how you can develop or further develop a growth mindset. For this part of the Capstone Project, you will complete a brief assessment and receive personalized feedback (below), view and reflect on two short videos (below), and then synthesize what you've learned by responding in depth to the questions in the tab above. (This is what you will submit.) -STEP ONE: Complete this short mindset assessment Link: http://blog.mindsetworks.com/what-s-my-mindset?view=quiz Be sure to complete the form afterwards in order to receive personalized feedback based on your responses. Read the feedback carefully and make note of the most important insights you will take from it. (You will use this later in this assignment.) -STEP TWO: VIew the "Power of Belief" video. Take notes. Notice what is especially intriguing or surprising or helpful in understanding your own experience as a learner and a student. Stop and replay the video as necessary. You may also wish to consult the transcript Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN34FNbOKXc&t=1s Use the following questions to reflect on the video. (You will use this later in this assignment.) How do you view setbacks? How do you respond to them? When things get hard or you are doing something new, what is your usual response? Is it different for different contexts or tasks? How do you respond to constructive criticism? What are the greatest challenges for you in building a growth mindset? In what contexts do you notice yourself using a fixed mindset? In what ways has your work in this course contributed to the development of a growth mindset? -STEP THREE: View "Nueroplasticty". In the previous video, "The Power of Belief–Mindset and Success," Eduardo Briceno points to brain science that underlies the concept of growth mindset. Central to this is the relatively recent understanding of neuroplasticity. Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELpfYCZa87g Use the following questions to reflect on the video. (You will use this later in this assignment.) How is neuroplasticity relevant to your experience as a learner and a student? How can you use your brain’s neuroplasticity to continue to strengthen your effectiveness as a student? STEP FOUR: After you have completed your analysis, respond thoughtfully and in detail to the following questions. This is your opportunity to bring together what you learned, especially what you learned about yourself, from the mindset assessment, mindset and success video, and neuroplasticity video. Take your time to develop in-depth responses. Be specific and detailed, and include examples throughout to illustrate your points. How do you believe your mindset has affected your experience as a learner and as a student, whether positively or negatively. Include specific examples. List, describe, and discuss the most important insights you gained about yourself as a result of your engagement with the above mindset assessment and videos. Again, include specific examples. What are specific ways you can begin to integrate these insights into your life? In other words, identify what you can begin doing to use these insights in a positive and productive way going forward. What questions do you have or what do you want to understand better about growth mindset and neuroplasticity?